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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 38 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 10 Mar. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004RH6MHC
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Blood at the Root: An Inspector Banks Novel #9
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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.
About halfway through interest in the investigation tails off and the focus switches to our hero's personal life - his wife has left him, his career isn't going well either and he copes with this mainly by getting drunk, listening to loud classical music (I felt for his neighbours!)or fantasising about various females in his life who might become more than friends due to his new single status. A lot of this stuff seems like classic middle aged male fantasy, but I can't say I was sorry to see the back of Sandra his wife whom I found intensely irritating.
The best part of the book by far is a trip to Amsterdam and there intriguing hints that the simple murder might be something much more, but after that it goes downhill rapidly and the ending is a bit of a disappointment, leaving the future of our hero Alan more or less hanging in the balance. Definitely more 'to be continued' than a proper ending.
Worth reading at the reduced price I paid for it, but I wouldn't pay the price they are currently asking it's not one of his better ones.