3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Taut, tense storytelling from a writer at the top of his game,
This review is from: Aftermath (The Inspector Banks Series) (Paperback)
Although I read a lot of crime fiction I have to admit that AFTERMATH has been my first experiment with anything written by Peter Robinson. The great news is that not only is it a fine novel in its genre but there are, at the time of writing, eighteen others in the Robinson portfolio stretching back to 1987 and by all accounts the standard is high across the entire range. It's easy to understand why he has such a wide and enthusiastic following, because all the basic elements are there to enjoy: suspense, pace, mystery, interesting characters and a storyline that is credible yet extraordinary too; sadly such weird people as described in this fictional tale clearly do exist in real life.
The setting is Yorkshire and from the outset Robinson's long-term hero DI Alan Banks and his team have been pursuing a serial killer nicknamed the Chameleon - but who appears to have been caught in the act. The title of the novel is quite apt because the remainder of the story is indeed a description of what happens over the next couple of weeks, which will include the unravelling of this mystery while the reader doubtlessly tries to second-guess the police procedure in order to figure out the trademark 'Robinson twist' at the end. I would have given this book 5 stars if I had been completely fooled, as I wanted to be, but the truth is that I found it rather easy to spot the red herring and from an early stage I knew the identity of the Chameleon, sooner than I would have expected a cop as smart as DI Banks to do. That aside I enjoyed this tale immensely and I will quickly stock up on most if not all of the Inspector Banks novels, as I can tell from just this one that Peter Robinson is an author worth investing time and money in.