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“Bad Boy” by Peter Robinson – Synopsis

bad-boyAcclaimed internationally bestselling author Peter Robinson delivers a fast-paced, nail-biting thriller in which Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks must face his most challenging and personal case yet

A distraught woman arrives at the Eastvale police station desperate to speak to Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. But since Banks is away on holiday, his partner, Annie Cabbot, steps in. The woman tells Annie that she’s found a loaded gun hidden in the bedroom of her daughter, Erin—a punishable offense under English law. When an armed response team breaks into the house to retrieve the weapon, the seemingly straightforward procedure quickly spirals out of control.

But trouble is only beginning for Annie, the Eastvale force, and Banks, and this time, the fallout may finally do the iconoclastic inspector in. For it turns out that Erin’s best friend and roommate is none other than Tracy Banks, the DCI’s daughter, who was last seen racing off to warn the owner of the gun, a very bad boy indeed.

Thrust into a complicated and dangerous case intertwining the personal and the professional as never before, Annie and Banks—a bit of a bad boy himself—must risk everything to outsmart a smooth and devious psychopath. Both Annie and Banks understand that it’s not just his career hanging in the balance, it’s also his daughter’s life.

Detective battles shadowy agents in “Darkness’

(Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Feb. 22, Vaunda Bonnett)

A beautiful June day turns ugly when a man’s body is found hanging in the woods by a group of students. And while the Eastvale police are trying to determine what might have led to the apparent suicide of a popular theatrical set designer, the dead man’s retired businessman partner is found beaten to death in his home in a posh local neighborhood.

And celebrity connection has his superiors dragging Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks back from holiday, putting a kink in his new relationship.

But what seems to be an unfortunate, but straightforward, murder-suicide begins to get complicated when Banks runs afoul of a shadowy government agency by making a routine inquiry. Members of that group decide the stubborn DCI needs to be taught a lesson that has him fearing for the safely of everyone he cares about.

Peter Robinson’s 18th novel featuring Inspector Banks raises the tension level by playing topics from local theater group jealousies to international terrorism and remnants of the Cold War off each other. The most mundane fact might be important, and the case’s whispers, rumors and misdirections begin to resemble the theater group’s current production, “Othello.”

This 21-year-old series stays contemporary by staying on top of developments in technology and changes in society while never neglecting the growth of the characters. It also allow the books to stand on their own merit, whether a reader has been around Banks for one book, five books or all 18.

Robinson continues his practice of posting a playlist of music referenced in the book on his Web site, www.inspectorbanks.com, which adds a dimension that can be helpful to readers who don’t have access to British radio or an iPod with as broad a collection.

Vaunda Bonnett can be reached at vbonnett@tribweb.com or 412-320-7917

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Peter Robins – All the Colors of Darkness

In All the Colours of Darkness, Peter Robinson has written an exceptionally gripping and intricately plotted story that delivers hard truths about jealousy and betrayal – and of the insidious, corrosive power of secrets. Once more, Robinson proves that he is one of the finest crime-fiction writers in the world.

Peter Robinson – All the Colors of Darkness

(Publisher’s Weekly, Dec. 15)

As much spy thriller as crime story, bestseller Robinson’s solid 18th DCI Alan Banks novel (after Friend of the Devil) finds the Yorkshire copper trying to unravel a murder-suicide with potential ties to national security. While Banks is on holiday, Det. Insp. Annie Cabbot is called to the woods outside Eastvale, where a hanged man—soon identified as Mark Hardcastle, the local theater’s set designer—is discovered in a tree. What looks like a simple suicide takes an unexpected turn when the badly beaten body of Hardcastle’s boyfriend, Laurence Silber, is found in Silber’s posh home. Banks, who returns to assist in the investigation, uncovers Silber’s past life as a spy in MI6, which makes Banks doubt the prevailing theory that Hardcastle murdered Silber and then hanged himself. Robinson deftly integrates the requisite espionage elements with his regular cast. The unexpected cliffhanger will assure readers that this chapter in Banks’s life is far from over. 11-city author tour. (Feb.)

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