Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 14, 2011
I have become addicted to Peter Robinson's excellent series of Inspector Banks novels. In Banks himself, Robinson has created a fascinating, likable but flawed, well-rounded detective, who I find to be just as engaging as Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch (I started reading the Banks books when I ran out of Bosch books, and I find the Banks series to be just as enjoyable as the Bosch series). The supporting cast is also extremely well characterized, both the regulars and the one-offs, from the young and talented Detective Constable, the Neanderthal and sexist Detective Sergeant, to the sleazy purveyor of under-the-counter pornography who is persuaded to help with the investigation through not exactly by-the-book techniques.

This book has a compelling and ingenious plot, with several twists and turns, and one or two major surprises. The book wasted no time in starting the action, from the very first sentence:

"The uniformed constable lifted the tape and waved Detective Chief Inspector Banks through the gate at two forty-seven in the morning".

Banks and his colleagues are summoned to a farm to investigate the execution-style murder of an accountant. The victim at first appears to be a classic accountant type, gray and boring, but the investigation uncovers a whole other side to him. The pacing is perfect, and held my interest so much that I read this book in 2 days, which seems to be a pattern for me with the Banks books.

I enjoy the Yorkshire setting of these books; it is a pleasant change from familiar locations like Los Angeles. Robinson makes you feel as though you are there, with his depictions of the scenery , the places, the pubs, the people, and snippets like "'Bloody hell, Alan', he said by way of greeting, 'tha looks like Columbo!'"

I have not been reading the Banks novels in the correct order; I started our by reading the most highly reviewed books in the series (like "In a Dry Season"), but this has not really been a problem for me. Robinson does not assume any previous knowledge on the part of the reader.

I am happy that there are still several books in this series that I have not yet read. Now, on to the next one.......
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