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When the Music's Over: The 23rd DCI Banks Mystery by [Robinson, Peter]
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The new DCI Banks book by Number One bestseller Peter Robinson has the team investigating two highly contemporary crimes - each echoing and illuminating the other.

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In a remote countryside lane in North Yorkshire, the body of a young girl is found, bruised and beaten, having apparently been thrown from a moving vehicle.

While DI Annie Cabbot investigates the circumstances in which a 14-year-old could possibly fall victim to such a crime, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Alan Banks is faced with a similar task - but the case Banks must investigate is as cold as they come.

Fifty years ago Linda Palmer was attacked by celebrity entertainer Danny Caxton, yet no investigation ever took place. Now Caxton stands accused at the centre of a historical abuse investigation and it's Banks's first task as superintendent to find out the truth.

While Annie struggles with a controversial case threatening to cause uproar in the local community, Banks must piece together decades-old evidence, and as each steps closer to uncovering the truth, they'll unearth secrets much darker than they ever could have guessed . . .


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2583 KB
  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1444786717
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (14 July 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016IOF8SA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 160 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,086 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alan Banks, newly promoted to Detective Superintendent, is given the precarious task of investigating a sex abuse claim. A media minefield, the accused is a long-retired but hugely popular entertainer- someone who had always thought himself untouchable- beloved by many in his day and protected by his well-publicized charity work.. Banks knows he must tread very carefully and be on top diplomatic form. He does, however, believe, and like, the old man's accuser.

Annie Cabot (perhaps looking at the vacant position left by Banks' promotion) is in the meantime tasked with investigating the death of a young girl- found in a country lane-battered, broken and naked. The case takes Annie deep into the sex trade and the local Asian community. It seems that in this case racial tension is alive and well in the Yorkshire Dales.

This is the twenty third book in the hugely popular DCI Banks series, although in this book he is actually a Detective Superintendent.

The book deals with two cases. The first case involves an allegation of historical sexual abuse of an under age girl by a world famous celebrity and is investigated by Detective Superintendent Banks and Winsome Jackson.. The second case involves the body of a young girl, who had been raped and murdered before being dumped on a country lane and is investigated by DI Annie Cabot and Gerry Masterson. Both cases are not easy to read about but in today's climate they are certainly topical. Indeed there are lots of references to cases and events that have happened in the not too distant past, which just goes to show how up to date this book is.

This was my favourite Banks book of the series so far. In fact I became so wrapped up in the story that I didn't notice how many pages I was getting through.
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I have read all the previous books in this well written and compelling series and I think this one has to be the best so far. DI Annie Cabbot is set to investigate how a teenager's body came to be found battered to death on a lonely stretch of road having apparently been thrown from a moving vehicle. As she delves into the case it becomes more and more disturbing and leads her and her colleague DC Gerry Masterson into some very dangerous and murky waters indeed.

Superintendent Alan Banks - newly promoted - find his first case involves the investigation of a celebrity crime nearly half a century old. Charismatic Danny Caxton is accused of raping Linda Palmer in his hotel room in Blackpool during a summer season there. The two crimes - both involving fourteen year old girls - mirror and echo each other as the two investigations gradually progress.

Here is Peter Robinson at his masterly best. The writing is low key and understated and all the better for it because it sends shivers down your spine while you're reading it. The crimes are all too contemporary and really bring the crimes in the headlines today to life from the victims' perspective.

I liked Alan Banks as a character right from the first book in the series and he develops into a fully rounded characters as the series progresses. In spite of this the books can be read as standalone novels as there is enough background information in each of them to make the series characters' lives intelligible to anyone who just wants to dip into the series. I can thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who has read others by this author and by fans of this series.
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I read all of the books in the Alan Banks series except the two books immediately prior to this one. The character of the stories changed so much, as did the character of Alan Banks and I think the series lost its way. I decided to try this one to see if things had improved and it seems that this has been achieved by switching the focus of the story away from Alan Banks.

Banks is now a superintendent and he is working on alleged historical sex offences by an ageing celebrity. Although this case runs throughout the book the real focus of the book is the modern day murder of a young girl, which is investigated by Di Anne Cabbot. In fact, Anne Cabbot is the central character of this book rather than being Alan Banks’ side-kick. The character of her DC, Gerry Masterson, is developed a lot in this story.

The book touches a number of big issues; apart from historical sex abuse it also covers the grooming of young girls for sex as well as corruption high up in the police force.

The story started to labour towards the end and the resolution of the two cases was quite flat, with no twist or big surprise. There are a number of suspects for the murder of the teenage girl but the killer and the reasons for the murder stretched credibility for me.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and I am pleased that the decline of the series seems to have been halted. It is not back to the form of the early books in the series but I will try the next one. It will be interesting to see where Alan Banks’ character goes from here. As a superintendent there will be little chance to get him involved in the cut & thrust of most cases without the stories losing credibility. He only got involved in the sex abuse case in this story because of the political sensitivity of the case. I expect to see Anne Cabbot becoming the central character in future stories.
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