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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,030 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Robinson Narrator: James Langton Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Banks Mysteries Release Date:
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A peaceful demonstration in the normally quiet town of Eastvale ends with fifty arrests—and the brutal stabbing death of a young constable. But chief inspector Alan Banks fears there is worse violence in the offing, for CID superintendent Richard “Dirty Dick” Burgess has arrived from London to take charge of the investigation, fueled by professional outrage and volatile, long-simmering hatreds.

Almost immediately, Burgess descends with vengeful fury upon the members of a sixties-style commune—while Banks sifts through the rich Yorkshire soil around him, turning over the earthy, unsettling secrets of seemingly placid local lives. Crossing “Dirty Dick” could cost the chief inspector his career. But the killing of a flawed Eastvale policeman is not the only murder that needs to be solved here. And if Banks doesn’t unmask the true assassin, his superior’s misguided obsession might well result in further bloodshed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Thoughtful…vivid…challenging…Like the region that breeds them, the people in Robinson’s mystery flaunt their colors but keep their secrets.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Excellent.”

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “Another fluently written, superior mystery…In a story that uses considerable psychological subtlety in exploring the afterlives of ’60s flower children, Banks traces the crime to its roots in the past. Toronto author Robinson has created a stalwart cop in Alan Banks, a man who loves justice and understands a woman’s heart.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “James Langton’s presentation makes an outstanding mystery even better…Langton skillfully delivers the aristocratic accent of a stuffy member of Parliament, distinctive Yorkshire speech, and even a Cockney accent.”

    AudioFile

  • “Alan smokes, drinks, frets, and otherwise behaves like an increasingly attractive human being en route to a denouement right out of Ruth Rendell’s second drawer. Fans of British procedurals should get to know this appealing series.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • AudioFile Earphones Award winner

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Stephen Hayes | 1/18/2014

    " A demonstration in Eastvale turns nasty, and several demonstrators and police are injured, and one policeman is killed. Inspector Alan Banks handles the murder investigation, but is joined by Superintended Burgess from London because of the political aspects of the case, but Burgess sees Reds under every bed, and is particularly suspicious of the occupants of Maggie's farm, a house on the moors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jailan El-Rafie | 1/11/2014

    " The fact that I didn't like how the story ended didn't stop me at all from enjoying Robinson's fluent and extremely professional writing. He has a beautiful way with words that gives every character a different charm and aura. Looking forward to reading the rest of the Inspector Banks series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Surreysmum | 12/29/2013

    " [These notes were made in 1993:]. If there is a moral to this tale, it's that very old one, "Don't judge a book by its cover." There is a very obvious suspect - a bad lot with a chip on his shoulder. And there is an obvious if somewhat nebulous motive, namely political activism, for the killing of a cop in the middle of a demonstration. The trouble is, the two don't go together, and neither takes account of who the cop was and whether there could have been an entirely personal motive for the killing. This last, our clever Inspector Banks eventually discovers, is the case. The bad lot is staying with some rather unconventional but fairly harmless political activists at a farmhouse. One of them had a wife who died in a motor accident; her death was purely accidental, but it was indirectly brought about by dizziness &c. caused by a blow to the head from a policeman some time earlier, and that policeman is the one - a most brutal and unlikeable one - who is killed. The killer is the soft-spoken carpenter who was married to the woman. As usual, Robinson keeps us busy with character as well as plot, bringing in a cynical and rather disgusting career officer from London, who is determined to jump to his own conclusions and ignore the rules of decent behaviour in his treatment of witnesses and suspects, thus making Banks' job very difficult. Although I think Robinson's latest work is even better, these first few novels are very, very strong, and I find them toughly reassuring and sympathetic in their moral stance, without being in the least bit preachy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paul | 12/27/2013

    " Have decided to read the series from the start and in my opinion this is the best of the three so far, I'm really starting to get a feel for these books. Banks is a very likeable character and Robinson tells a story that trundles along at a nice pace, I would describe these books as 'cosy', like slipping on an old favourite pair of slippers. They certainly don't let you down, bring on book #4 "

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