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The eleventh novel in the Banks series, following the critically acclaimed IN A DRY SEASON.

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Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire but now spends most of his time in Canada. He is the winner of numerous awards in the United States, Britain and Canada.


Fans of British police procedurals who have not yet discovered Robinson are in for a treat. His Inspector Banks series combine intricate, intriguing plots with complex characters and bleakly beautiful Yorkshire settings. In this follow-up to the Edgar-nominated In a Dry Season, detective chief inspector Alan Banks has been asked by his boss and nemesis, chief constable Jimmy Riddle, to find his runaway 16-year-old daughter, Emily, after discovering nude photos of her on a porn web site. At the same time, Banks is struggling to decide whether to reconcile with his estranged wife, Sandra, or to reignite his relationship with Annie Cabot, his partner on a previous case. While it is a bit hard to believe that a police chief with all the resources available to him would wait six months to look for his missing daughter (Robinson's explanation that the politically ambitious Riddle is afraid of the public scandal doesn't quite ring true), once Banks begins his search into London's seamy underbelly, all doubts are suspended, and the reader is hooked. A great read for those dark and stormy nights. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/00.]DWilda Williams, "Library Journal" Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

'A writer at the very height of his powers' Ian Rankin

This 11th book about Yorkshire police officer Alan Banks is disappointing after 1999's Edgar-nominee, In a Dry Season, but contains enough elements of the familiar formula to satisfy dedicated fans. DCI Banks, his romance with police colleague Annie Cabbot having cooled off, is seriously thinking of asking his wife, Sandra, to end their separation and give the marriage another try. He's also applied to the National Crime Squad to escape his loathsome boss, Chief Constable Riddle. But just as Banks is packing for a weekend train jaunt to Paris, the wretched Riddle calls to ask a favor. Riddle's nine-year-old son, snooping around on the Internet, has come upon a naked picture of his 16-year-old sister, Emily, who ran away from home and disappeared into the London drugs and smut cesspool. Despite their mutual hatred, BanksÄrealizing what it took for Riddle to ask for his help in finding the girlÄjust can't refuse. This part of the story works well; Robinson makes no attempt to soften the nastiness of the stupid, resentful and politically ambitious Riddle or the apparent coldness of Riddle's wife. But things begin to get more complicatedÄand less believableÄwhen the powerful London criminal with whom Emily has been living appears to be implicated in murder and business fraud in Yorkshire. Too many plot coincidences and clich‚s (a man is described as being "bald as a coot" twice) finally work against Robinson's greatest strength: his ability to keep Banks an interesting, realistic and changing human being. Agent, Dominick Abel. 6-city author tour. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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