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  • Mass Market Paperback: 397 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch (23 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061362948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061362941
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An intricate thriller."--Suspense Magazine on All the Colors of Darkness

"Robinson's deft handling of psychological anguish makes this exploration of 'jealousy, betrayal, envy, ambition, greed, lust, revenge--all the colors of darkness' an outstanding addition to this distinguished series."--The Strand on All the Colors of Darkness

"Smart, absorbing detective series....[Robinson's] latest novel about Yorkshire detectives Alan Banks and Annie Cabbot is every bit as captivating as its predecessors....You'll be eagerly awaiting their next adventure."--Miami Herald on All the Colors of Darkness

"Robinson shows a deft hand at using forensic science, conflict between characters, and recurring series themes. Another winner from one of Britain's established A-listers."--Booklist on All the Colors of Darkness

"Best-selling author Robinson branches out into new territory in what may be his best novel yet."--Library Journal on All the Colors of Darkness

"A well-written, thought-provoking continuation of our relationship with characters who inhabit the same world of darkness, accident, and concern that we all do."--Cleveland Plain Dealer on All the Colors of Darkness

"As much thriller as crime story...solid...Robinson deftly integrates the requisite espionage element with his regular cast. The unexpected cliffhanger will assure readers that this chapter in Banks's life is far from over."--Publishers Weekly on All the Colors of Darkness

"Robinson pulls the reader in from the first page of this tightly plotted story and the vividly drawn characters only enhance the pleasures of this fine novel. All the Colors of Darkness is the 18th mystery in the multiple-award-winning Alan Banks series--and it's one of the best."--Mystery Scene on All the Colors of Darkness

"Smoothly blends aspects of the spy thriller into what seems to be a murder-suicide....Robinson doesn't miss a beat....All the Colors of Darkness is another example of Robinson's seamless, insightful storytelling."--South Florida Sun Sentinel on All the Colors of Darkness

Robinson shows a deft hand at using forensic science, conflict between characters, and recurring series themes. Another winner from one of Britain s established A-listers. --Booklist on All the Colors of Darkness"

As much thriller as crime story...solid...Robinson deftly integrates the requisite espionage element with his regular cast. The unexpected cliffhanger will assure readers that this chapter in Banks s life is far from over. --Publishers Weekly on All the Colors of Darkness"

Best-selling author Robinson branches out into new territory in what may be his best novel yet. --Library Journal on All the Colors of Darkness"

A well-written, thought-provoking continuation of our relationship with characters who inhabit the same world of darkness, accident, and concern that we all do. --Cleveland Plain Dealer on All the Colors of Darkness"

Smoothly blends aspects of the spy thriller into what seems to be a murder-suicide....Robinson doesn t miss a beat....All the Colors of Darkness is another example of Robinson s seamless, insightful storytelling. --South Florida Sun Sentinel on All the Colors of Darkness"

Smart, absorbing detective series....[Robinson s] latest novel about Yorkshire detectives Alan Banks and Annie Cabbot is every bit as captivating as its predecessors....You ll be eagerly awaiting their next adventure. --Miami Herald on All the Colors of Darkness"

Robinson pulls the reader in from the first page of this tightly plotted story and the vividly drawn characters only enhance the pleasures of this fine novel. All the Colors of Darkness is the 18th mystery in the multiple-award-winning Alan Banks series and it s one of the best. --Mystery Scene on All the Colors of Darkness"

Robinson s deft handling of psychological anguish makes this exploration of jealousy, betrayal, envy, ambition, greed, lust, revenge all the colors of darkness an outstanding addition to this distinguished series. --The Strand on All the Colors of Darkness"

An intricate thriller. --Suspense Magazine on All the Colors of Darkness"

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Chief Inspector Banks returns in number one bestselling Peter Robinson's new crime novel. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format: Hardcover
My reviews of other books by Peter Robinson bear witness that I am a great admirer of his books. I enjoyed this one to the point I read it in one sitting, but it left me feeling slightly disappointed and unsatisfied. Why?

With favourite authors the expectation rises higher and higher with each book, so perhaps my expectations were a little unreasonable. After all, it was not a bad book, but still I didn't get into it as much as I would have liked. I have identified a few reasons.

Credibility. The story revolves around a murder and suicide. The perpetrator is soon established, but not the motive. When it comes to light that the murder victim was in the Secret Service, there is strong pressure from the spooks to close the case, despite there being many unanswered questions. Banks of course does no such thing. Fair enough, but I find it hard to believe that the Secret Service these days have no qualms about intimidation and even murder, just to protect the government's credibility (especially this one!). In fact Annie Cabbot says the same on this last point when arguing with Banks. Nor do I believe a policeman would put his own life and the lives of people he loves at risk merely to prove his theory about why the murder happened, when he knows who did it. Some suspension of disbelief is of course necessary but here, unlike his other books, there were times I found myself saying "Come on, that could NEVER happen!"

He's started to overdo the music references. I love music and it's nice to have the occasional reference to works by my favourite composers.
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I have only recently 'discovered' Peter Robinson and his wonderful Inspector Banks novels. They are well planned and realistic. I love the flow and his ability to keep you guessing right to the last chapter.
Being new to this writer I have now decided to acquire all of them and to read them in the order in which they were written.
This because I identified his stories to be a refreshing insight into social history over the past few years, bringing to my attention how much we have progressed especially with respect to communications and technology. In the earlier novels, the police had to return to the car, find a phone box or ask to use a persons landline. They could find themselves in tricky situations with no means of summoning help. There is also a similar situation in the earlier days of computers, when very few officers were computer literate and saw it as a means of progression by making themselves indispensable.
Life is now so much easier for our police forces and indeed all of us.
It does not matter which of Peter Robinson's books you buy, you will get a good story, full of intrigue and thrills. Go ahead, 'get hooked' like me. Lois Rimmer JP; BSc.
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Format: Hardcover
This is the eighteenth book in the Alan Banks series and while it's better than some ('Gallows View' for example) it's not up there with the very best (`In a Dry Season', `Wednesday's Child' etc). Peter Robinson NEVER repeats himself in these novels and after so many books that's quite something. And it proves he's still not tired of creating new storylines for his Detective Inspector.

Here, Banks becomes embroiled in the murky world of MI5 and MI6 when investigating an apparent murder followed by a suicide. The plot pits Banks against Secret Service operatives - but this didn't ring true for me. Alan Banks is a rural detective and would be out of his depth against such `big boys'. However, recurring series character `Dirty' Dick Burgess makes his inevitable, and welcome, appearance when Banks elicits his help in finding out some intelligence information.

'All the Colours of Darkness' cleverly uses a major plot element from `Othello' (I won't spoil it for you by mentioning which!). This is acknowledged both in the book's title - a line fragment from the play - and the fact that a local am dram group rehearse and later perform the play in the book. It's while watching the performance that Banks gets a handle on the case.

Banks finds problems with his love life when his actions bring grief to his ladyfriend. There's also a simmering undercurrent in the relationship between Banks and his DI Annie Cabbot - who sticks her neck out for him big time.

One thing I did find annoying was the constant naming of every piece of music Banks - or other characters - listen to. On his website Peter actually has a `Playlist' of music mentioned in the book. I find this a bit pretentious to be honest.
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Jan. 2015
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Children find a man's body hanging from a tree in a local beauty spot. It seems like a simple and tragic case of suicide but it turns out to be far from simple when the man's lover is also found dead, apparently murdered at home. At first it seems like a murder followed by suicide perhaps sparked by sexual jealousy but neither Banks nor DI Annie Cabbot are convinced that this is the whole story and some information from the murdered man's mother leads Banks to think there could be more wide ranging ramifications to the case.

This is a frightening and convoluted story involving smoke and mirrors and people who are definitely not what they seem to be. It also involves a personal crisis for Banks where once again his work has and adverse effect on his private life.

This is book was well up to the high standard set by most of the rest of the series and I found it a gripping read with plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing. If you like your police procedurals with plenty of psychological depth and interesting and well drawn characters then this could be the series for you.
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