Children of the Revolution: The 21st DCI Banks Mystery Paperback – 16 Jan 2014
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The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are, simply put, the best series on the market (Stephen King)
Robinson's gift for realistic characterisation is matched by an authentically realised sense of place; landscape is a crucial element in his work (Good Book Guide)
A wonderful, well-written plot with a great twist and strong characters . . . a page-turning read (Woman's Way)
A wonderful, well-written plot with a great twist and strong characters and there's even romance on the cards for Banks too. A page-turning read for both fans of Robinson and Banks and readers who really enjoy a good crime-thriller. (Woman's Way)
Peter Robinson deserves a place near, perhaps even at the top of, the British crime writers' league (The Times)
Classic Robinson: a labyrinthine plot merged with deft characterisation (Observer)
Brilliant! . . . Gut-wrenching plotting, alongside heart-wrenching portraits of the characters who populate his world, not to mention the top-notch police procedure. (Jeffery Deaver)
Detective Chief Inspector Banks, the artsy and melancholic Yorkshire detective, and his snarky sidekick, Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot, are consistently fun to watch . . . As usual with a Banks novel, the chief inspector's frictions with higher-ups are nearly as gripping as the unraveling of the case itself. First-rate procedural and character study . . . this is one of the series' highlights. (Starred Review Booklist)
Robinson's gift for realistic characterisation is matched by an authentically realised sense of place; landscape is a crucial element in his work. The Alan Banks books have won many awards over the years including the Arthur Ellis award for best crime novel for Past Reason Hated and the Anthony Award for In a Dry Season; Children of the Revolution is a solid entry. (Good Book Guide)
The twenty-first novel in Number One bestselling author Peter Robinson's critically acclaimed DCI Banks series.See all Product Description
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I have read all the Banks books and they were my absolute favourites until the last 2 books.
I totally agree with the reviewer who felt that the character of Banks in the book has been diluted to fit the TV character, who is absolutely nothing like the Banks in the previous books and very difficult to warm to.
The characters we had come to know, seemed mere shadows of their former selves, with no real substance, but lots of fairly boring padding on issues which were not always relevant to the story.
Would a senior police officer really have visited someone they were fairly certain had committed a murder, alone, without any backup?
Whilst I appreciate it must be difficult to maintain the very high standard of earlier Banks books, this was disappointing and probably my last Banks.
While I have really enjoyed this series of books maybe it would be better to call it a day than continue in this vein
With little to go on the team are determined to unravel the death that reeks of murder. Tracing the background of Miller opens a can of worms stretching back to Essex University in the early 1970's during the miners' strike and their flying pickets. His latter role as a lecturer at Eastvale College where he was disgracefully dismissed for sexual allegations are relevant. The connections of Miller are the crux of the novel. His involvement with prominent titled figures, notably Lady Veronica Chalmers (known as Ronnie) who was at University with Miller is an interesting find. She is now married to an influential theatrical producer who is wealthy, influential and they have relatives with high political ambitions.
The author spins a fine web of deception and intrigue with his stylish narrative and prose accompanied by cracking dialogue. It starts with a straightforward investigation but cleverly involves many characters who are not who they seem, hiding numerous secrets for personal reasons, with Miller the maltreated individual. The female detectives are remorseless and thorough in their pursuit of the truth and justice despite the reticence of their interviewees with Banks taking a laid back presence but always in charge, directing and controlling proceedings.Read more ›
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I enjoyed it but it was a little tedious at times. Have read all the series but this one lacked the pace of most of the others. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Matt W
Typical in depth Peter Robinson story. Well defined characters - you feel that you almost know themPublished 1 month ago by XBT
Sorry, but not one of his best. As another reviewer has said I am reading it to get through it and move on.Published 2 months ago by T. Lindley
I used to eagerly await a new Banks story but what was a very decent series with strong story lines is now just becoming a formula. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Linda