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The Summer That Never Was: An Inspector Banks Novel (The Inspector Banks Series) Paperback – 5 Sep 2003

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Ed edition (5 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330489356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330489355
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Move over Ian Rankin - there's a new gunslinger in town looking to take over your role as top British police procedural author' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

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The thirteenth Inspector Banks novel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
Now, this is only my second taste of Peter Robinson. My first came when I eagerly read Gallows View the first Inspector Banks novel, and came away suitably impressed. Impetuous as I am, I decided to abandon series order and read this latest one. Naughty, but true. Needless to say, I am now positive that I have been missing out on a great series.
In the summer of 1965, Graham Marshall, a young boy and friend of Alan Banks, disappeared into thin air while on his paper round. Now, decades later, some human bones are unearthed not ten miles from his home. They are quickly identified as Graham's.
Alan Banks is holidaying in Greece (recuperating from his last, affecting case) when he reads of the discovery of his old friend's remains in a newspaper, and promptly decides that it's time to return to see if he can lend a hand.
While all this is going on, another young boy disappears in Yorkshire, and while the dual cases are entirely unconnected, for Banks they still hold eerie similarities, as they echo each other across the gap of years. Then, curious memories begin to surface about his old friend. Memories which may have a bearing upon what happened, and memories that Banks now wants explaining...
It is clear that Chief Inspector Banks has remained the likeable, delightfully realistic protagonist that I met in Gallows View, and I suspect that for long-term fans it'll be a great treat to meet, as we do in this book, his parents.
This is often a very nostalgic novel, giving us insight into Bank's childhood at the same time as being both moving and haunting.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read all of Peter Robinson's novels and suspect that the Mass Market editions are all reprints of other titles.This book was originally titled The Summer That Never Was, as first class a read as we have come to expect from this author. Is it necessary to go to the ISBN numbers to avoid buying the same book twice? I'd be grateful for some feedback on this subject.
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Format: Hardcover
The site is a little misleading: Summer that Never Was is, I believe, the original Canadian title while Close to Home is the title used by American publishers. Either way- fine novel though perhaps not as strong as others he's written.
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By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Jan. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Now, this is only my second taste of Peter Robinson. My first came when I eagerly read Gallows View the first Inspector Banks novel, and came away suitably impressed. Impetuous as I am, I decided to abandon series order and read this latest one. Naughty, but true. Needless to say, I am now positive that I have been missing out on a great series.
In the summer of 1965, Graham Marshall, a young boy and friend of Alan Banks, disappeared into thin air while on his paper round. Now, decades later, some human bones are unearthed not ten miles from his home. They are quickly identified as Graham’s.
Alan Banks is holidaying in Greece (recuperating from his last, affecting case) when he reads of the discovery of his old friend’s remains in a newspaper, and promptly decides that it’s time to return to see if he can lend a hand.
While all this is going on, another young boy disappears in Yorkshire, and while the dual cases are entirely unconnected, for Banks they still hold eerie similarities, as they echo each other across the gap of years. Then, curious memories begin to surface about his old friend. Memories which may have a bearing upon what happened, and memories that Banks now wants explaining…
It is clear that Chief Inspector Banks has remained the likeable, delightfully realistic protagonist that I met in Gallows View, and I suspect that for long-term fans it’ll be a great treat to meet, as we do in this book, his parents.
This is often a very nostalgic novel, giving us insight into Bank’s childhood at the same time as being both moving and haunting.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have found that the safest way to buy Peter Robinson and Ian Rankin Books is through Amazon UK. I live in the US and they are always changing the titles. As I have traveled frequently to the UK over the years, I found that the Robinson and Rankin titles I often thought to be new books I hadn't seen, turned out to be the original tiles. After duplicating several books, I have found it just safer, if more expensive, to order the books directly from the UK when they are first published.
As a fan of Peter Robinson, I only gave this a 4 star rating as it just wasn't as strong a story. But, from here on out, it just gets better...
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Dec. 2014
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Those who have read the early books in this excellent series will remember DCI Alan Banks mentioning that the disappearance of a school friend, Graham Marshall, was one of the reasons he joined the police. No one ever found out what happened to Graham and Banks felt guilty because he didn't report an earlier encounter with a strange man because he was playing somewhere he'd been told not to play. When the skeleton of a young boy is found on a building site it is identified as Graham Marshall. Banks reads about the case on holiday in Greece and feels compelled to return home and try and help with the investigation.

Banks' reception in Peterborough, where he and Graham lived at the time, is far from cordial and he returns home and to work in North Yorkshire after a teenager goes missing in what could be a kidnap case. The book alternates between the two cases, highlighting similarities and differences between the two. DI Annie Cabbot - Banks' former lover and now friend and colleague, is in charge of the disappearance of Luke Armitage.

I found this story gripping reading and it was interesting to finally find out what exactly happened to Graham Marshall. I liked the way the author deals with the sometimes prickly relationship between Banks and Annie and he way he deals with the potential new relationship with DI Michelle Harte in Peterborough. All the characters are well drawn and I didn't work out what had happened to Luke Armitage though the clues were there if I'd read them correctly.

I usually try to avoid reading series back to back but in this series each book is so completely different from its predecessor that there is no chance of me getting bored with them.
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