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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: March 2011 ISBN: 9781400182671
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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's 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Sociologically acute. The New York Times Book Review
  • “Sociologically acute.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Chilling and candid.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “An outstanding read.”

    Booklist

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

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 9/18/2013

    " Good story featuring race relations and drugs in the UK. I want to read the next one to see what happens to Inspector Banks' career. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 9/14/2013

    " Good story -- prejudice against Pakistanis "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 9/9/2013

    " Peter Robinson is an under-rated and under appreciated master of the mystery genre. This tale, set in the racist right wing fanaticism of England is just one example of the lengthy Inspector Banks series which is well worth exploring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pauline | 1/28/2013

    " Just can't go wrong with a Peter Robinson Inspector Banks book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 5/24/2012

    " Inspector Alan Banks' marriage is on the rocks, but that doesn't stop him from pursuing the killer of a neo-Nazi in a dark alley, even after he is put on probation for slugging his despicable boss. Peter Robinson is such a great storyteller. I have a hard time putting his books down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda Patterson | 5/5/2012

    " Why does Inspector Banks behave seem so feminine to me? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karine Whitton | 4/27/2012

    " I have read all of the other books so this one was the missing link. A Neo-Nazi has been murdered and the police are struggling to find out why. Alan Banks has a bit of a sub-story in this book too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Polly | 4/4/2012

    " Meh. Too much detective's personal life and I'm so tired of Bank's music--I really don't care what the blasted man is listening to! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane Walker | 3/12/2012

    " Run-of-the-mill crime story. A detective who is cultured and has a troubled domestic life - not exactly original. And an investigation which is not really very interesting, in a rather wooden prose style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 1/30/2012

    " Drugs, racism and a failing marriage are on Inspector Banks plate. A good plot, but not one of Robinson's best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken carlson | 12/14/2011

    " not bad quite comedic indeed "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 8/17/2010

    " Good story -- prejudice against Pakistanis "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 11/24/2009

    " Another hostel read - an investigation into a young man´s brutal murder takes an auspicious turn when investigators discover he was a racist and member of a neo-nazi group. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 7/16/2009

    " Peter Robinson is an under-rated and under appreciated master of the mystery genre. This tale, set in the racist right wing fanaticism of England is just one example of the lengthy Inspector Banks series which is well worth exploring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sparhawk | 11/29/2008

    " Just can't go wrong with a Peter Robinson Inspector Banks book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peter | 8/1/2008

    " fneh. you see it coming from about page 55. "

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