The stunning new Inspector Banks novel, backed by a major advertising drive to take Peter Robinson to Number One.
As volunteers clean up after a huge outdoor rock concert in Yorkshire in 1969, they discover the body of a young woman wrapped in a sleeping bag. She has been brutally murdered. The detective assigned to the case, Stanley Chadwick, is a hard-headed, strait-laced veteran of the Second World War. He could not have less in common with - or less regard for - young, disrespectful, long-haired hippies, smoking marijuana and listening to the pulsing sounds of rock and roll. But he has a murder to solve, and it looks as if the victim was somehow associated with the up-and-coming psychedelic pastoral band the Mad Hatters.
In the present, Inspector Alan Banks is investigating the murder of a freelance music journalist who was working on a feature about the Mad Hatters for MOJO magazine. This is not the first time that the Mad Hatters, now aging rock superstars, have been brushed by tragedy. Banks finds he has to delve into the past to find out exactly what hornets' nest the journalist inadvertently stirred up.
Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire, and now lives in Canada. His bestselling, critically acclaimed Inspector Banks series has won numerous awards in Britain, the United States, Canada and Europe.
The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are, simply put, the best series on the market — Stephen King
A terrific contemporary crime novel — Independent on Sunday
Further enhances Alan Banks' reputation as one of crime fiction's most appealing cops — The Times
Classic Robinson: labyrinthine plot merged with deft characterisation — Observer
Banks is one of the most fully drawn figures in this genre of fiction — New York Times
'Robinson delicately reveals a web of passion and pain whose pattern still isn't complete' — Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Peter Robinson:
The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are, simply put, the best series now on the market. — Stephen King
'A fascinating and atmospheric exploration of the way the past intrudes on the present' — Mo Hayder, Globe and Mail
Move over Ian Rankin - there's a new gunslinger in town. If you haven't caught up with him already, now is the time to start — Independent on Sunday
Prepare for a crash course in taut, clean writing and subtle psychology — Ian Rankin
A wonderful novel. — Michael Connelly
'Each time you think you're a step ahead of the author, Robinson jumps in with a jaw-dropping twist.' — People
'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'...
Piece of My Heart brilliantly interweaves past and present, providing two strands of tension for the price of one, and further enhancing Alan Banks's reputation as one of crime fiction's most appealing cops'
— The Times Books