A Necessary End: An Inspector Banks Mystery (Inspector Banks Novels) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Dec 1993
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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
The third Inspector Banks novel --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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