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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,350 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Robinson Narrator: Mark Honan Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Banks Mysteries Release Date:
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Former London policeman Alan Banks relocated to Yorkshire seeking some small measure of peace. But depravity and violence are unfortunately not unique to large cities. His new venue, the quaint little village of Eastvale, seems to have more than its fair share of malefactors—among them a brazen Peeping Tom who hides in night’s shadows spying on attractive, unsuspecting ladies as they prepare for bed. 

When an elderly woman is found brutally slain in her home, Chief Inspector Banks wonders if the voyeur has increased the awful intensity of his criminal activities. But whether related or not, perverse local acts and murderous ones are combining to profoundly touch Banks’ suddenly vulnerable personal life, forcing a dedicated law officer to make hard choices he’d dearly hoped would never be necessary.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An extremely well-fashioned police procedural.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An intimate procedural, nicely and comfortably done, suspenseful as well and satisfying in its resolutions.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “The considerable appeal of this first novel…lies in Robinson’s updating of the genre with realistic treatment of contemporary violence and sexual issues, while maintaining the charm and civility of the setting.”

    Publishers Weekly, audio review

  • “The considerable appeal of this first novel…lies in Robinson’s updating of the genre with realistic treatment of contemporary violence and sexual issues, while maintaining the charm and civility of the setting.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary | 2/20/2014

    " I swear I will never read a "series," but I got hooked on the DCI Banks mysteries on PBS this Winter and as good as they are, a film leaves out so much character and language in order to advance the plot, that I knew I had to "read." I also felt like I came in "in the middle of someone's life," because the titles that have been on tv are newer works and I had to go back to where it all began, in The Gallows View, published in 1987. In this first of many novels, Alan Banks leaves big city life in London for Yorkshire (where the author grew up, by the way) and hopes for a little peace and quiet. Instead a local "Peeping Tom," neighborhood toughs, murder and more, shake the peace of this quiet village. No more details - read and enjoy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lynda | 2/15/2014

    " First book for me with this author and I loved his exacting descriptive writing and I found this book satisfying to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Giesela1000 | 2/6/2014

    " This was pretty good, not as hooked as on some of the other english murder series characters but this was my first and I'll certainly read another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rick | 2/5/2014

    " For Robinson's first Inspector Banks' novel, I found it interesting in that we still seem to be in the middle of a series. The ending was very good. "

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About the Narrator

Mark Honan is a British actor currently living in Maine. He trained at the Webber Douglas Academy in London and has worked in repertory on both sides of the Atlantic. He has performed Off Broadway with the Riverside Shakespeare Company and regionally at the Berkshire Theater Festival and Portland Stage Company.