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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 new crime novel.

The eighteenth instalment in the bestselling DCI Banks series

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 Theatres 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.

Biographical Notes

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.

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  • ISBN: 9780340836927
  • Publication date: 07 Aug 2008
  • Page count: 416
  • Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
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
'First class crime complete with a lot of emotional intrigue' — Mirror
Brilliant! — Jeffery Deaver
Praise for Piece of My Heart and Friend of the Devil — :
'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.' — Marcel Berlins, The Times
'Another totally enthralling tale from Peter Robinson . . .The detailed descriptions of the characters make the story truly come alive and the plot is - as always - well constructed and pacy to the end. I think that the great appeal of Chief Inspector Banks is that he is highly competent and successful without being too perfect. He is interesting and sympathetic, yet can achieve results because of his passion for his job. In short, Banks is a hero to whom we can all aspire.' — www.crimesquad.com
Peter Robinson is good at producing ingenious mysteries, and this one does not disappoint — Susanna Yager, Daily Telegraph
'He takes the clashing male/female-copper motif and shoots it full of adrenalin, always finding some new wrinkle to convince us we are encountering this scenario for the very first time . . . Robinson also has a way of undercutting the genre's familiarity. With a deceptively unspectacular language, he sets about the process of unsettling the reader . . . Just try putting the book down after a chapter or so: you'll have a problem.' — Independent
A police procedural that grips like pliers — Independent on Sunday
'Now that Ian Rankin has been forced to pension off the ubiquitous John Rebus, I see Banks becoming literature's favourite rogue detective' — Yorkshire Post
'Absolutely gripping and page-turning' — Boyd Tonkin, Radio 5 Live
the writing is well up to the author's high standard — The Times
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