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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (17 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444704893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444704891
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.9 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (394 customer reviews)
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Peter Robinson has for too long, and unfairly, been in the shadow of Ian Rankin; perhaps PIECE OF MY HEART, the latest in the Chief Inspector Banks series, will give him the status he deserves, near, perhaps even at the top of, the British crime writers' league (Marcel Berlins, The Times)

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)

Classic Robinson: a labyrinthine plot merged with deft characterisation (Observer)

Robinson also has a way of undercutting the genre's familiarity. With a deceptively unspectacular language, he sets about the process of unsettling the reader (Independent)

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The new novel from Number One bestselling author Peter Robinson. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 April 2013
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Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks continues with his crime fighting in Yorkshire, but this time the crime leads him to Estonia. A country not in the public eye, but one that comes alive under Peter Robinson's writing.

DCI Banks is investigating the death of a colleague, DI Bill Quinn. He was killed on the grounds of a rehab for professional policemen. DS Annie Cabbott happens to be at the same rehab recovering from a work related injury. She has recovered enough to return to work, and she is the most trustworthy of Banks colleagues. While investigation continues, compromising photographs are found with Quinn and a young woman. That and other clues suggest police corruption,and a young very attractive Inspector Joanna Passero from Professional Standards is assigned to work with Banks. She goes with him to Estonia to follow up leads. All of this seems quite out of hand to me, and suggests a romance and a method to introduce a new character. All of this leads to a missing teenager, migrant labor issues, people trafficking and the afore mentioned police corruption.

This is a very fast paced novel. The 20th novel involving DCI Banks, and I have read them all. Moving the crime enviornment to Estonia is a fascinating asset to this novel. The description and culture of Estonia has given me a different and new perspective of that part of the world. The crime involving greed and corruption is a new avenue for DCI Banks, and a most welcome one. Well done, Peter Robinson.

Recommended. prisrob 04-16-13
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One of the very best Inspector Banks stories I've read to date.
Well-written as ever and, as it's partly set in Estonia, made for a really interesting story - a whole new dimension in fact.
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I love the D,C,I Banks books and this does not let you down , always a wonderful plot and great read, well done Peter Robinson,
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It's been a long time since I wrote a review here on Amazon, due to lack of time. However, after having read this latest Alan Banks case by Peter Robinson I just had to give my praise.

And praise I'm giving. This is the best book I have read this year and it was hard to put down. In addition to the story, the atmosphere of a country very unknown to me, was a huge and interesting plus. As another reviewer has already said, it makes you want to go there.

And Banks himself. Like an old friend by now. Although, in addition to obviously being a very attractive guy, he is a sensitive, complex personality with his love om music, his remote little cottage and the nature around. I see him as a romantic, in spite of facing the cruel facts of the criminal world his job offers with a clear and sharp mind.

I'll not go into the story in this book, but leave it for readers to enjoy. But it is as intricate and interesting as any Banks mystery. Keeping the reader awake until early morning, at least it did me.

For all Peter Robinson lovers the book is a must. And for those who have not yet discovered DI Alan Banks, do read this one - and all the others in this series. Excellent entertaining by a master storyteller!!
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5 star
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In the dark to the very end. Excellent
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Had been waiting for this release, a great read as usual from this series. So much so bought additional copy for my sister for her birthday!
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Just love DCI Banks and the Yorkshire settings.
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