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Blood at the Root: An Inspector Banks Novel Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (717 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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When the brutally beaten body of a young man is found in an alley, Eastvale’s detective chief inspector Alan Banks and his colleague, detective constable Susan Gay, have no choice but to lock up the three Pakistani youths who seemingly started it all after an argument in a pub. But they’re out in no time, and Banks is in big trouble with the chief for risking a racial incident with the arrest. Ordered to run the investigation from his desk and leave the legwork to others, Banks’ hands are tied and his temper is flaring.

When disturbing facts start emerging about the victim, Banks can’t simply sit at his desk—and he soon alienates himself from both the investigation and his own department. While his twenty-year marriage crumbles around him, he tries to make sense of a gray world grown ever more black and sinister, as he follows a treacherous trail of hate, greed, and twisted philosophy that leads to the darkest pits of a man’s inhumanity to man.

Brilliant and exasperating by turns, detective chief inspector Alan Banks inhabits a Yorkshire landscape colored in shades of gray where good and evil seldom conform to their comfortingly ordinary colors of black and white.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sociologically acute.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Chilling and candid.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “An outstanding read.”


  • “Abrim with racial tension, patient detective work, and the hero’s appealing decency.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Lisa | 2/16/2014

    " Interesting grappling with a really difficult topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Eva | 1/17/2014

    " Having read this book I have read all Bank's books by Robinson. although it deals with drugs and racism (topics I don't like very much in mysteries) it was as good as all other Robinson's books. So I'm looking forward to the next novel he'll publish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Elise | 11/24/2013

    " Love anything with inspector banks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Shaun | 11/14/2013

    " The best I've read so far from Peter Robinson. A tale of racism and right wing pressure groups. Well worth a read "

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About the Author
Author Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson is the author of the award-winning Inspector Banks novels, among them a Best Book of the Year from Publishers Weekly, a New York Times Notable Book, and a Page Turner of the Week from People. His novels have reached #1 on the London Sunday Times bestsellers list and hit the New York Times expanded list of bestsellers. His books have won numerous awards, including the Anthony, Barry, Macavity, Martin Beck, and Arthur Ellis awards, among others.

About the Narrator

James Langton trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, he has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, including the international bestsellers The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud by Julia Navarro, The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield, and The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002. James was born in York, England, and is now based in New York City.