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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,125 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Robinson Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Banks Mysteries Release Date: March 2005 ISBN: 9781554685745
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On a summer night, an attractive woman hurtles north in a blue Peugeot with an address in her pocket, while, back in London, a desperate man leaves a late-night phone message on his brother's answering machine. By sunrise, the woman is found in her car, shot, execution-style, through the head.

Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot arrives on the scene and discovers a slip of paper in the dead woman's pocket that bears the name of her colleague and erstwhile lover, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. Banks, meanwhile, withdrawn after nearly dying in the fire that destroyed his home, has gone missing just when he's needed most, and has left plenty of questions behind.

As Annie struggles to determine if Banks is safe, and what role he may have played in the woman's murder, Banks himself investigates the mysterious disappearance of his estranged brother, Roy. Working from Roy's swank apartment, Banks makes the rounds to Roy's old haunts and slowly inhabits the life of his younger brother, the black sheep of the family. As the trail of clues about Roy's life and associations draws Banks into a dark circle of conspiracy and corruption, mobsters and murder, Banks suddenly realizes he's running out of time to save Roy, and by digging too deep, he may be exposing himself and his family to the same, possibly deadly, danger.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob Fowler | 2/15/2014

    " A good book, but maybe I have read too many by Peter Robinson because it did not have the same kick as previous ones. This one starts well - a woman is followed along the M1 motorway late one night and found the next day murdered. When the police arrive to inspect the body, they find she is carrying a note with Inspector Banks' address. Meanwhile, Banks is on leave but gets a phone call from his brother in London, asking to see him urgently. Banks travels to London but his brother is missing. While the police if Yorkshire are unsuccessfully trying to find Banks to question him about the murdered woman, he is desparately trying to find his brother. Much of the story takes place in London rather than in his usual haunts in Yorkshire. It has enough suspense and mystery to keep your interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lourdes Fernandez Venard | 2/8/2014

    " This is the 15th book in the series, but you can still read it if you haven't read the rest (though now I do want to go back and read his others). Robinson writes great police procedurals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 2/8/2014

    " Just of late Banks has been investigating cases that are very personal. Still recovering from the fire which destroyed his cottage Banks finds himself embroiled in the murky world that is his brother Roy's life, juggling the responsibilities of his job and trying to protect his parents although Roy was the black sheep of the family to Banks he was the apple of their eye to his parents. It was a little bit of stretch for me but I managed to fully immerse myself into this one as it was coming so close on another highly personal case. I feel it is time for Banks to get back to being a detective and working with his colleagues as a co-operative effort. However, despite this I really enjoyed reading the story and it gets full marks from me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 2/3/2014

    " this will be a good read, wrong this was a very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Allmaras | 1/19/2014

    " Another in the Alan Banks series. Alan Banks recovers from his home being burned down and his life being simultaneously put in danger and saved by his ex-girlfriend and partner on the police force. Annie Cabot his ex girlfriend is trying to figure out how to get Alan back into the fold. While Banks is on leave he gets a call from his younger brother Roy on his machine. The message is one of concern for Banks since he and his brother are mostly estranged. The message also implies that Roy is in danger. When Banks calls back he can't get a hold of Roy and now the search for his missing brother is on. Near the same time a woman is found murdered on the A-1 highway. She was forced over to the side of the road and shot. She is found with the address of Alan Banks burnt out home. Now Annie Cabot is trying to track down Banks and this young womans murderer. Interesting story with a lot of different characters and directions. People from Banks other stories are popping up all the time here. Some good but not enough time was invested in them. Liked the story and moved through it rather quickly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dottie | 1/13/2014

    " suspenseful crime fiction at its best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Desiree | 1/8/2014

    " Just enough for a seven-hour flight. One of the better Banks' mysteries which stands out in what's been a very strong mystery series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/6/2014

    " Still a very good series, loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Longsworth | 11/22/2013

    " A solid police procedural. Will read more of these. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eleanor Kleinberg | 10/22/2013

    " Great story,unexpected turns "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 9/27/2013

    " Read it in one flight. Predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pauline | 8/13/2013

    " Another very good read in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 8/2/2013

    " A good read with many twists and turns. What starts off to be a simple murder turns into something more sinister., and more personal for Inspector Banks "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 7/16/2013

    " Very good. I have read Peter Robinson's book before and enjoyed them. This one was by far the best so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Underwood | 7/4/2013

    " First one of the series. WIll start at the beginning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adithyajones | 6/26/2013

    " A fairly good mystery,able to keep your attention throughout,straight to the point without any unnecessary literary pretensions.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leonid Zebrovnik | 5/11/2013

    " "The Banks novels are simply put, the best series now on the market." - Stephen King "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilaine | 9/13/2012

    " Like this author! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 amanda | 5/27/2012

    " to be fair, I read a French translation of this, and I don't think it did it any favours. Interesting enough plot, but I just find Robinson's writing lackluster. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Asa | 2/13/2012

    " New author for me. Good book - I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wens Tan | 11/25/2011

    " Peter Robinson gives Inspector Banks a torrid time. Each book, either he or a close family member has a close brush with death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russell Collins | 9/30/2011

    " My first Peter Robinson but not my last. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 8/11/2011

    " I love that Banks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 7/26/2011

    " As usual, it was interesting to probe Alan Banks's psyche and family ties. This was a more depressing read, but it held my attention and centered on a human rights topic as well as a personal mission. Another good read in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/4/2011

    " A solid police procedural. Will read more of these. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Desiree | 9/17/2010

    " Just enough for a seven-hour flight. One of the better Banks' mysteries which stands out in what's been a very strong mystery series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wens | 9/4/2010

    " Peter Robinson gives Inspector Banks a torrid time. Each book, either he or a close family member has a close brush with death. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/24/2010

    " Still a very good series, loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laula | 1/22/2010

    " I'm not much a fan of this genre but a friend gave it to me so I wanted to finish it. It wasn't very capturing but had very strong and interesting characters. I found myself putting it down and forgetting about it for hours. I didn't particularly warm to detective Banks much he is much too morose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Asa | 8/19/2009

    " New author for me. Good book - I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 7/13/2009

    " Read it in one flight. Predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 6/24/2009

    " hard to get enough Robinson/Inspector Banks

    good read as usual "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dottie | 5/14/2009

    " suspenseful crime fiction at its best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 4/15/2009

    " Great mystery/crime novel. Difficult to put down. "

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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

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received thirty-seven Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.