Blood at the Root: An Inspector Banks Mystery Hardcover – 1 Dec 1997
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"Sociologically acute...We may still be in the gentle folds of the Yorkshire countryside, but the view doesn't look so pretty anymore."-- "New York Times Book Review"
"Chilling and candid." -- San Francisco Chronicle
"Sociologically acute." -- New York Times Book Review
"An outstanding read." -- Booklist
Chilling and candid. --San Francisco Chronicle
An outstanding read. --Booklist
"Chilling and candid."--San Francisco Chronicle
"An outstanding read."--Booklist
"Sociologically acute."--New York Times Book Review
Sociologically acute. --New York Times Book Review"
Chilling and candid. --San Francisco Chronicle"
An outstanding read. --Booklist" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The ninth Inspector Banks novel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Having said that I can understand to a degree why some readers may not like the books. Banks is a character that has grown over several books and the author is very comfortable not only with the character of Banks, but all the other character too. To me this makes the stories flow because the author instinctively knows how his characters are going to react in certain situations. The books are produced as a series and it is nice if you can read them all in the order they were written, but this is by no means compulsory as each book stands alone. They are what I would call `light' reading. By that I mean that they flow and not that they are third rate in any sense, in fact quite the opposite.
A young man has been kicked to death in a filthy alleyway. The victim is a known racist and at first it looks like the result of a pub fight gone wrong, until that is Banks learns that Jason Fox, the victim was a member of a white power organization known as the Albion League. Fox was bound to have enemies but who hated him enough to kill him? The young Pakistanis he had insulted in the pub earlier? Shady friends of his business partner, mark Wood? Someone who resented the teenager's growing power in a brutal and unforgiving organization? One thing is for sure Banks is not going to be short of suspects . . .
The first thing to note is that this book is yet another departure for Robinson as it is the first book to be dominated by Banks personal life. Whilst the state of his marriage and his relationship with his children have always played a part in the books, Dead Right is almost dominated by developments in Alan Banks personal life and the effect these developments have on his frame of mind.
The case itself sees the team trying to track down the killer of a young man who has been kicked to death outside a club. A little digging reveals that the victim Jason Fox is a an active member of the very right wing Albion League and his extreme political views could possibly be the reason for his death.
This was a very enjoyable but somewhat dark book. The nature of the victims political views and the crisis developing in Alan's life means this is at times a very dark book. The story telling as usual with Robinson is wonderful, the twists and turns that you would expect are all here as are the wonderful cast of characters that Robinson has created.
One slight criticism is Susan Gay and her horrifically bad decisions in the men she dates. Sadly I felt that not only was this a rehashed story from a previous book, but it was also not very well hidden and the consequences could be seen coming from early on.
All in all this was a very enjoyable book that was a very good read. While it doesn't quiet hit the heights of the last two sensational Banks books I would still recommend it to any fans of the Banks series or fans of the crime genre in general.
Banks has personal problems with his wife, Sandra, leaving him as she doesn't feel there is anything left in their marriage partly because he always puts work first. I enjoyed this tightly plotted story with its various strands all coming together in what seems like a conclusion but which actually has some more twists and turns to catch the reader out.
This is probably one of the best books in the series which I've read so far. Well written with believable and likeable characters and with villains whose motivations the reader can understand. Altogether this is an excellent series and I recommend it to anyone who likes police procedural crime stories which are more than angst ridden policemen hunting down vicious villains with blood spattering every page. Yes there is violence but it is described in a low-key factual style which somehow makes it more shocking than pages of graphic description would do.
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Whilst the storyline expands our hero's family problems, these are cleverly interwoven with the criminal family relationships formed to perpetrate drug running in its most sinister... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Harast
Very readable, and easy holiday pulp fiction. But plot & situations feel a little dated, formulaic & overly simplistic for my taste.Published 8 days ago
Another solid performance by Peter Robinson, marred only slightly by some scenes that are more explanatory than dramatic towards the end of the novel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stanley Crowe
Enjoyed this book but perhaps a bit of a disappointment after the previous couple of books.Published 2 months ago by heather444
When is DCI Banks going to tie the knot? Another great read. Recommended.Published 3 months ago by Mrs. P. O'Brien