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A Necessary End: An Inspector Banks Mystery (Inspector Banks Novels) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Dec 1993

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (31 Dec. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380719460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380719464
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,599,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Thoughtful...vivid...challenging...like the region that breeds them, the people in Robinson's mystery flaunt their colors but keep their secrets."--" New York Times Book Review"Excellent."--" Orlando Sentinel"A rich, multi-layered book, elegantly written and carefully plotted."--" Virginia Pilot and Ledger-Star"An exceptional series." --- Washington Post

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The third Inspector Banks novel --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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The local Inspector Banks gets saddled with the tougher Superintendent Burgess from London when a peaceful demonstration in Eastvale ends with a dead policeman, stabbed to death. Riddled with prejudices, Burgess immediately points at a small community of "drop-outs", suspecting communist involvement in the killing. But is this the motivation for the killing? Well-written, nice characters and a believable plot, this book can be recommended for some quiet hours of reading.
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A Necessary End is the third Peter Robinson book to feature Detective Alan Banks and is not the best of the series. The book begins at a demonstration outside the town Hall over the proposal of a new Nuclear Power station in the town. Things soon turn nasty and a riot takes place and during the scuffle an officer is stabbed and killed.

Due to the high pressure nature of the case outside help is brought in and "Dirty Dick Burgess" an officer Banks knows from his London days is called in. Burgess has a very different approach to police work to Banks and the pair are faced with a highly complicated case. There are a number of suspects and all seem to have a motive. The students that helped organise the demonstration, the habitants of Maggie's Farm who range from an ex con to an activist and who all seem to be anti the police and the new lover of Banks friend Doctor Fuller are all targeted as suspect. Burgess is sure that this is a random attack, an opportunist that saw a chance to hit out at authority and took it. Banks however is not so sure. He believes the answer may be something to so with something in the victims past.

All in all this was not the greatest of the Banks series. The addition of Burgess helped the plot a lot as his character is a wonderful creation who rubs Banks up the wrong way. The addition of this tension is one of the few real highlights of this book. Banks himself did not stand out for me this time round. The way he deals with a number of issues between himself, Burgess and Jenny did not paint him in a good light for me and this was not Banks best showing.

The biggest issue for me was that in my opinion the book could have ended around one hundred pages sooner.
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I really enjoyed this book by Peter Robinson. The scene was set marvellously by the demo and then the trouble began when a policeman was stabbed.

The introduction of DI Burgess known as 'Dirty Dick' I thought was very good, the man was a cocky sort of character and he certainly had an eye for the ladies especially Glenys at the local pub, so much so that her husband Cyril was very irate about it.

The characters Seth, Maya, Rick and Zoe all had different ways of doing things and towards the end of the book there were a few surprises (I won't spoil it for anyone who has not read the book).

Banks was fed up with Burgess and Banks told him what he thought of him but Burgess thought he could solve the case.

At the end Banks solved the case and I would have liked to have known what Burgess thought of that, this wasn't mentioned in the book so I can only think that Burgess returned to London.

Peter Robinson is excellent at description, he tells the reader what the weather was like over the moors, the cold wind and the wind chimes ringing in Banks' ears as he left 'Maggies Farm' for the last time.

Because of Peter's excellent description of characters, the moors etc. I was able to picture this in my mind.

I have no idea whether this book has won an award, if not - why not.

All the best to Peter and congratulations on an excellent crime novel.
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Having already read 'A Dedicated Man' i was naturally keen to see if this book lived up to the previous one. Although the novel was slightly different in that there was no obvious motive for the murder, it retained my interest by the complexities of the minor charactors and the continuous shifting of the plot.
I was slightly disapointed by the uncovering of the murderer at the end of the novel as the motive behind the murder seemed rather rushed and slightly simplistic, although a complee surprise.
All in all good read, Robinson engages the reader as always, if my expereience was anything to go by everyone is a suspect.
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This is a highly efficient police procedural set in Yorkshire which sets Inspector Alan Banks at loggerheads with Superintendent 'Dirty Dick' Burgess up from the London Met as they investigate the murder of a policeman. This has come about in the usually peaceful town of Eastvale following an anti-nuclear demonstration which ended in violence. Banks has been warned off the case but realises that, in order to salvage his career, he must beat Burgess to the killer.
Peter Robinson is one of the best of the British crime writers, easily on a par with Ian Rankin and P D James.

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