In the usually peaceful town of Eastvale, a simmering tension has now reached breaking point. An anti-nuclear demonstration has ended in violence, leaving one policeman stabbed to death.
Fired by professional outrage, Superintendent 'Dirty Dick' Burgess descends with vengeful fury on the inhabitants of 'Maggie's Farm', an isolated house high on the daleside. Inspector Banks is uneasy about Burgess' handling of the investigation. But he has been warned off the case.
Soon Banks realises that the only way he can salvage his career is by beating Burgess to the killer...
About the Author
His first novel, Gallows View introduced Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. It was short-listed for the John Creasey Award in the UK. Banks reappeared in his next three novels: A Dedicated Man; A Necessary End; and The Hanging Valley. The fifth Inspector Banks novel, Past Reason Hated, won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel in 1992 while the sixth in the series, Wednesday's Child, was nominated for both the CWC Award and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award.
Peter Robinson's award-winning series continued with : Dry Bones that Dream; Innocent Graves; Dead Right; In a Dry Season; Cold is the Grave; Aftermath; and The Summer that Never Was. His fourteenth novel staring Detective Chief Inspector Banks was Playing With Fire.
Caedmon's Song, published in September 2003, was his first departure from the series, and was followed up with Not Safe After Dark - Peter's first collection of stories to be published. It features Innocence, winner of the Crime Writer of Canada's Best Short Story Award.
Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire but now lives in Toronto, Canada.
'Inspector Banks - a man for all seasons, he knows that often the answers to the clues he seeks are hidden in his own heart.' Michael Connelly
Series: Inspector Banks Mystery Ser.
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 1st January 2007
Dimensions (cm): 18 x 11.2 x 2.7