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Watching the Dark

DCI Banks 20

By Peter Robinson and Peter Robinson

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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 and are published in translation all over the world. Peter keeps a website at www.inspectorbanks.com.

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  • ISBN: 9781444704891
  • Publication date: 17 Jan 2013
  • Page count: 432
  • Imprint: Hodder Paperbacks
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 — Marcel Berlins, The Times
Brilliant! . . . Gut-wrenching plotting, alongside heart-wrenching portraits of the characters who populate his world, not to mention the top-notch police procedure. — Jeffery Deaver
Classic Robinson: a labyrinthine plot merged with deft characterisation — Observer
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 — Independent
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