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This review is from: Bad Boy (Inspector Banks Mystery) (Hardcover)
Havng read all of Peter Robinson's Inspector Bank's books, in my opinion, this is the worst. His early books such as 'Cold is the Grave' and 'Wednesday's Child', to name but a few, were by far much better stories. I can remember reading them in one sitting, unable to put them down. But not so with this one. The story trundles along at a very slow pace. I use the term 'story' loosely as the whole book is quite simply about a girl who takes her boyfriends gun. When her mother finds it she reports her to the police. Cue DCI Alan Banks, who then tries to find the boyfriend. It really is as simple as that and I'm afraid it all gets very tedious.
'All the Colours of Darkness', Peter Robinson's previous novel was a turning point for me. It was unbelieveable, silly at times and the story was disjointed and uninteresting. Until then, I enjoyed all his Alan Bank's series and Robinson was one of my favourite authors. I wish he would return to form as I used to enjoy getting his latest book, knowing it would be an excellent read. I will probably purchase his next book in the hope that he will return to writing intense, complex and interesting DCI Alan Banks mysteries, but after 2 very disappointing books, this seems wishful thinking.
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Initial post: 15 Aug 2010 18:27:42 BDT
Annie M says:
A very fair review - and isn't this loss of his skill disappointing.
Posted on 18 Aug 2010 20:06:31 BDT
Yes, have to agree with you...........loved the earlier novels and Piece of My Heart was fab !
This one started off ok, but declined rapidly - such a shame
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2010 18:09:37 BDT
D. P. Mankin says:
I share the same sentiments. I've decided not to buy this one which will be the first of his novels I haven't read. But the last novel just didn't cut it and so I too feel quite disheartened at the sudden decline in quality
Posted on 13 Oct 2011 12:46:12 BDT
I agree entirely with all you say sadly.
I'm not sure what Peter Robinson is playing at recently,the Banks books seem to have lost direction and become barely credible.I did read this but ti was a charity shop buy and I was in no hurry to get it after being disappointed with the last one and seeing so many negative reviews here.It was an easy enough read and I did get to the end but to be honest it was a struggle.If it had been the same story by another author it wouldn't have been so bad but like the final couple of Rebus books I read it just feeling that whole series has gone on too long and Peter Robinson is either out of ideas or has lost interest.
Bad Boy is what used to be called a "pot boiler",mildly entertaining but just going through the motions,a real shame as I loved the earlier Banks books.
I'd recommend the excellent Stephen Booth's books to disgruntled Banks fans,similar setting,wonderful writing and a lot more believable.
Does anyone "make a nice pot of tea" these days...or just the officers in Eastvale Police Station?
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