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All the Colours of Darkness: DCI Banks 18

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Don't waste your time with this book, theres probably a lot of good Inspector Banks books out there, but this one is not it. Beautifully descriptive of NYorks landscapes, the smart and the rough areas of market towns - the two lines of story which never meet- one local one involving estate drugs gangs , the other the mysteries of M15/6 . When another child disappears a hundred miles north in the Highlands, Jack is sent to lead the investigation and bring the boy home. Now in his 50s and having served as the crime-solving protagonist of 17 previous novels by Peter Robinson, Inspector Banks deserves it.

New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author Peter Robinson delivers a gripping novel of jealousy, betrayal, envy, ambition, greed, lust, revenge—all the colors of darkness that lead inevitably to murder. It was too early to determine the level of investigation yet, but the super needed to know what was happening. On the other hand, kids were resilient, and when they got back to school on Monday morning, they’d have one hell of a story to tell their mates. Her co-star, the always excellent Susan Scott, who plays her sister, is sadly underused but at least she's there.There is always a spot of human interest- the latest Banks’ lover - always a music catalogue of moody and eclectic songs , always the sensual taste of food and drink and always the brooding relationship between Banks and Annie Cabot and the grumpy boss who really respects him ( but doesn’t show it) a ripping good read. Now his own words about the victim’s latest production, Othello, come back to haunt him: “jealousy, betrayal, envy, ambition, greed, lust, revenge—all the colours of darkness. Set designer Mark Hardcastle’s hanging in Hindswell Woods certainly looks like a suicide, his only wounds from a noose tied by someone left-handed, like Hardcastle himself. Detective David "Kubu" Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department is assigned to the case. Inspector Banks' private life is a main feature of this novel and I enjoyed that aspect very much and once again it also was left with a bleak uncertainty, leaving one curious as to where his personal life will go in the next novel.

I've come late in life to Robinson and am finding I like him more and more, especially the development his character undergoes in this book in relation to Annie, Sophia, and his own profession. I'v read all the books in Robinson's Banks series, and while they are all intelligent, engaging and much better than the run of the mill detective stories, the series has had its ups and downs before. Marcel Berlins writing in The Times has said that Peter Robinson has for too long, and unfairly, been in the shadow of Ian Rankin… Rankin has dominated the genre for more than a decade and with good reason.Robinson shows a deft hand at using forensic science, conflict between characters, and recurring series themes. DI Annie Cabbot's investigation is compliocated by the fact that her boss DCI Alan Banks is having a weekend in London with his girlfriend, and that the Chief Constable, a friend of Silbert's, wants unsavoury details hushed up. After a car accident causes her to miscarry, Jane's sister Barbara recommends seeing a psychiatrist, Dr.

But when Kalahari game rangers stumble on a human corpse midmeal, it turns out the murder wasn't perfect after all. There was She is recovering from a car crash which claimed the life of her unborn baby, shortly after this she is menaced by a mysterious man and is introduced to a black magic group by an enigmatic neighbour. After a Marks and Spencer's beef Wellington washed down with a 1998 Eight Songs Shiraz, he decided to give up on the bookcase and settled down to an evening's reading (sic) Stephen Dorril's book about M16 instead, with John Garth's cello concertos playing quietly in the background. Once again I felt that tug of familiarity as I wanted to enquire if he remembered my daughter who was a Second Secretary there at the time.Here, then, is the truth about the Covent Garden opera diva and the 17th reindeer, the body that falls from the Tate Gallery, the ordinary London street corner where strange accidents keep occurring, the consul’s son discovered buried in the unit’s basement, the corpse pulled from a swamp of Chinese dinners. At the same time, everyone is telling everyone to be careful, but Banks blunders on and then is flabbergasted to think that his actions could cause inconvenience to anyone around him even though he himself hinted at that possibility many times beforehand.

He wasn’t twisting at the end of the rope, they way corpses do in movies, but hanging heavy and silent as a rock from the taut yellow clothesline, which had almost buried itself in the livid skin of his neck, now an inch or two longer than it had originally been. Things become even more complicated when it is discovered that the murdered man was an ex-MI 6 agent.

The reader will catch a private peek of Inspector Banks as a valiant First Responder at Oxford Circus and as Lone Defender of Justice for the Slain, that even his closest colleagues will not witness. As an ex-DCI, Smith could have retired by now, and it is clear that some of his superiors wish that he would do so. Tewits twittered and flitted back and forth, nervous about people encroaching on their ground nests. The continuing story of the characters are also in a bit of a standstill, Banks is happily seeing Sophia when he can, Annie does very little - as do Winsome.

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