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Inspector Banks Novels are Always Worth Reading,
This review is from: Playing with Fire (Paperback)
Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire, and is the author of a number of previous novels featuring Inspector Banks. He is the winner of numerous awards in the United States, Britain and Canada, and in 2002 he won the CWA Dagger in the Library. As I also come from Leeds the background to his stories is something that I have experienced first hand and because of this I have a special affection for his books. However they would be first class crime fiction wherever they were based.
It is the early hours of a bitterly cold January day, and two narrow boats are ablaze on a dead-end stretch of the Eastvale canal, a job for the fire brigade, but when signs of arson are discovered at the scene DCI Banks and DI Annie Cabbot are called to the crime scene. By the time they get there very little is left of the boats apart from some smoldering wreckage but more importantly human remains have been found in both boats.
The signs point to a deliberate attack, but on who or what. Tom an artist who lived a quiet existence lived on one of the boats and Tina, a sixteen year old girl, hooked on drugs and living with her boyfriend lived on the other. Did either of them have enemies? Someone who was prepared to commit murder and in such a cruel way.
As Banks becomes more involved in the case he realises that there are a number of people acting suspiciously out of character. Then the arsonist strikes again and Banks begins to realise that he is going to be tested to the limit with this case.