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on 28 February 2003
This is up to Peter Robinson's usual style: first class! As ever, he keeps the reader guessing as to 'whodunnit' because there are so many suspects on offer!
Inspector Banks is asked by his (much despised) boss, 'Jimmy' Riddle, to carry out a personal (to him), private investigation, ie. to track down his daughter, Emily, who is to be found on a pornographic site on the internet. Banks, against his better nature, complies with Riddle, if only to try to get him off his back for a while. However, Banks finds it impossible to remain impartial and he soon finds himself drawn into a world of glam-pop, drugs, embezzlement and, of course, murder. To add further spice to his life, Annie Cabot ( a former lover) enters Banks' life again and he finds that he must choose between the professional and the personal. Peter Robinson is superb when combining suspense and seriousness with romance and lightheartedness, without sacrificing either the storyline or reader-anticipation. Great reading!
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on 31 July 2015
What a great crime story this was. One of the best for me, as I didn't want to put it down. Lots of twists to the plot that will have you thinking 'well I'm blowed' and that will get you each time. The character of Annie Cabbot now, she annoyed me intensely to the point that I'd really have liked to have slapped her. I'm not sure a DS would really speak to a DCI in such an insubordinate way, and show such disdain for authority. Definitely a flaky character. And what's with writing fifty pee instead of 50p. Now that really looked silly to me. Apart from that, the story line was brilliant......
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on 30 May 2017
It might be rather pathetic of me to feel as though I know Alan Banks but having read them all it is refreshing to read books in which all aspects of the characters' lives are believable updated. The reader can empathise with his reactions to Annie, Riddle, Sandra and his children. They make sense without being far fetched. He also gets away with the occasional lapse, albeit well intentioned, which could easily be misinterpreted.
The only discrepancy is when Annie tosses her chestnut hair. On TV she's a blond! Not Peter Robinson's fault!
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on 10 June 2017
Another excellent book that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspense and detective work.
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on 17 June 2017
I love these detective series it feels like I know Banks personally
There is always a good twist plus personal things about Banks and his family
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on 1 June 2017
Love love love Peter Robinson and Banks. He has developed the character brilliantly. His books are unputdownable!
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on 24 May 2017
Working through the Banks series and finding them all very good - interesting to make the comparison with the TV adaptations as well.
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on 29 May 2017
Up to Peter Robinson's usual high standard.
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on 12 July 2017
Yet another good read from Peter Robinson.
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on 17 May 2017
Not to bad, but I am still reading it at this time. Report later if required
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