A disgraced college lecturer is found murdered with 5,000 pounds in his pocket on a disused railway line near his home. Since being dismissed from his job for sexual misconduct four years previously, he has been living a poverty-stricken and hermit-like existence in this isolated spot.
The suspects range from several individuals at the college where he used to teach to a woman who knew the victim back in the early '70s at Essex University, then a hotbed of political activism. When Banks receives a warning to step away from the case, he realises there is much more to the mystery than meets the eye - for there are plenty more skeletons to come out of the closet . . .
The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are, simply put, the best series on the marketRobinson's gift for realistic characterisation is matched by an authentically realised sense of place; landscape is a crucial element in his workA wonderful, well-written plot with a great twist and strong characters . . . a page-turning readPeter Robinson deserves a place near, perhaps even at the top of, the British crime writers' leagueA wonderful, well-written plot with a great twist and strong characters and there's even romance on the cards for Banks too. A page-turning read for both fans of Robinson and Banks and readers who really enjoy a good crime-thriller.As Robinson slowly moves towards a fitting and satisfying climax he manages to increase the tempo with each turn of the page thanks to a well-crafted and multi layered plot.Praise for Peter Robinson'Peter Robinson has for too long, and unfairly, been in the shadow of Ian Rankin; perhaps PIECE OF MY HEART, the latest in the Chief Inspector Banks series, will give him the status he deserves, near, perhaps even at the top of, the British crime writers' league'Classic Robinson: a labyrinthine plot merged with deft characterisationRobinson also has a way of undercutting the genre's familiarity. With a deceptively unspectacular language, he sets about the process of unsettling the readerDetective Chief Inspector Banks, the artsy and melancholic Yorkshire detective, and his snarky sidekick, Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot, are consistently fun to watch . . . As usual with a Banks novel, the chief inspector's frictions with higher-ups are nearly as gripping as the unraveling of the case itself. First-rate procedural and character study . . . this is one of the series' highlights.Robinson's gift for realistic characterisation is matched by an authentically realised sense of place; landscape is a crucial element in his work. The Alan Banks books have won many awards over the years including the Arthur Ellis award for best crime novel for Past Reason Hated
and the Anthony Award for In a Dry Season; Children of the Revolution
is a solid entry.The twenty-first novel in Number One bestselling author Peter Robinson's critically acclaimed DCI Banks series.
Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire, and now divides his time between Richmond and Canada. There are twenty-two books in the bestselling DCI Banks series - the critically acclaimed crime novels have won numerous awards in Britain, the United States, Canada and Europe, and are published in translation all over the world.
Peter Robinson's DCI Banks is now a major ITV1 drama by Left Bank productions. Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart, Ballykissangel) plays Inspector Banks, and Andrea Lowe (The Bill, Murphy's Law) plays DI Annie Cabbot. The first series aired in Autumn 2011 with an adaptation of FRIEND OF THE DEVIL, the second in Autumn 2012, and the third airs in February 2014. Peter's recent standalone novel BEFORE THE POISON won the IMBA's 2013 Dilys Award as well as the 2012 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel by the Crime Writers of Canada. This was Peter's sixth Arthur Ellis award.
Peter keeps a website at www.inspectorbanks.com.
This is the twenty-first in the bestselling and critically acclaimed DCI Banks series of books - which have won numerous awards in Britain, the United States, Canada and Europe, and are published in translation all over the world.DCI Banks
, the TV series, has proved a massive ratings hit. It has been recommissioned yet again and consistently pulls in audiences of over 5 millionPeter Robinson is always stunningly well reviewed - by his crime writing peers (Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Stephen King) as well as by criticsSold in 15 countries with foreign sales increasing steadilyPeter's recent standalone hardcover, BEFORE THE POISON, was a Number One bestseller in the UK and won the 2012 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel by the Crime Writers of Canada. This was Peter's sixth Arthur Ellis award.