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All the Colours of Darkness

DCI Banks 18

By Peter Robinson
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Chief Inspector Banks returns in number one bestselling Peter Robinson's crime novel.

A beautiful June day in the Yorkshire Dales, and a group of children are spending the last of their half-term freedom swimming in the river near Hindswell Woods. But the idyll is shattered by their discovery of a man's body, hanging from a tree. DI Annie Cabott soon discovers he is Mark Hardcastle, the well-liked and successful set designer for the Eastvale Theatre's current production of Othello. Everything points to suicide, and Annie is mystified. Why would such a man want to take his own life? Then Annie's investigation leads to another shattering discovery, and DCI Alan Banks is called back from the idyllic weekend he had planned with his new girlfriend. Banks soon finds himself plunged into a shadow-world where nothing is what it seems, where secrets and deceit are the norm, and where murder is seen as the solution to a problem. The deeper he digs the more he discovers that the monster he has awakened will extend its deadly reach to his friends and family. Nobody is safe.

(P)2010 ISIS Publishing Ltd

Biographical Notes

Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire, and now divides his time between Richmond and Canada. There are twenty books in the bestselling Inspector 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 new 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. FRIEND OF THE DEVIL was adapted as a series for ITV and was aired in Autumn 2011. The book was also shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award for 2008. Peter`s recent standalone novel BEFORE THE POISON won 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.

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  • Publication date: 20 Sep 2012
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First class crime complete with a lot of emotional intrigue — Mirror
The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are, simply put, the best series on the market — Stephen King
Banks is one of the most fully-drawn figures in this genre of fiction — New York Times
Brilliant! — Jeffery Deaver
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