A murder-suicide, national security issues, sinister government agents and Banks. What a combination and certainly a little different for Robinson but overall it does work. As usual and to be expected, Bank's private life is also highlighted and it doesn't seem to be going well as does his unsettled and continuing relationship with DI Annie Cabbot.
This is not Robinson's usual very good novel. I was rather surprised at the ending as it was , in my opinion, somewhat implausible. Still recommended but not his best work.
Robinson does it again with his intelligent and haunting storytelling. One of our finest mystery authors, Robinson writes about Yorkshire England with a passion for detail and a sense of landscape that is spellbinding. What appears to be a straight forward murder/suicide turns into a much more dangerous game for DCI Alan Banks and his team when they realize they are under the watchful eye of England's MI6 and when state secrets are at risk, nobody is safe. Meanwhile a stabbing in the impoverished area of Eastvale gives the reader a close look at England's disenfranchised youth and the world of gangs and drugs. Robinson's stories are complex, always socially and politically relevant and entirely addictive.
This was not a good read. I've never read any other books by Peter Robinson, but I figured I'd give this one a go as it sounded interesting. First thing I noticed was the authors descriptions were too extensive. Some people might like that, and generally I do too, but the problem is, he constantly makes reference to items, and locations that I have no image of, having never been to England myself, and expects them to speak for themselves. It left me with many blanks in my pictures of locations, and bored with how much the author went on and on about the most trivial details. Meanwhile, the plot was greatly lacking. There was, in my opinion, NO reason for the book to continue past the first few chapters. The case was solved to the extent of the law, and Bank's imagination creating some grand plot involving espionage and other things of the sort just seemed silly and made him look like a terrible detective more than a master sleuth. It was VERY hard for me to finish this book. The writing is nice, and if you want a good description of nice locations in England, this is the book for you, but if you want a good read with an interesting plot, look elsewhere.
Ahhh - like comfort food. I sure love Inspector Banks.
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