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Wednesday's Child : An Inspector Banks Novel - Peter Robinson

Wednesday's Child

An Inspector Banks Novel

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For Inspector Banks and Superintendent Gristhorpe, the abduction of a young girl brings back dreadful memories of the Moors Murders . . .

When two social workers investigating reports of child abuse appear at Brenda Scupham's door, her fear of authority leads her to comply meekly with their requests. Even when they say that they must take her seven-year-old daughter Gemma away for tests . . .

It is only when they fail to return Gemma the following day that Brenda realises something has gone terribly wrong. Particularly worrying is the calculated manner of the abduction, and the fact that one of the 'social workers' was a woman. For Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, Satanic ritual abuse is a dreadful possibility.

At the same time, Banks is investigating a particularly grisly murder at the site of an abandoned mine. Gradually, the leads in the two cases converge, guiding Banks to one of the most truly terrifying villains he will ever meet . . .

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.


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    I like Peter Robinsons storytelling. This one was different to DCI Banks, but still very good

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    Peter Robinson

    Peter Robinson, who emigrated to Canada in 1974, is best known for his novels featuring Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks of the Eastvale Criminal Investigation Department, Yorkshire, England. In addition, Robinson has published several non-series novels, among them the psychological thriller Caedmon's Song and a police procedural set primarily in Los Angeles, No Cure for Love. In each case, Robinson combines what might be called "psychological realism," or a focus on character and motivation, with thoughtful cultural commentary, particularly with respect to post-Thatcher England and its susceptibility to the values, tastes, and practices of urban America.

    Robinson's Inspector Banks series is built around the character of Alan Banks and the quiet, methodical, and ruminative way in which he sets about solving crimes in the Yorkshire Dales with the assistance of his investigative team. Banks is relatively new to the Dales, having recently transferred from London in search of (ironically, given the number of murders that fall his way) a quieter professional life. He is married to an independent woman he genuinely enjoys and who challenges rather than acquiesces to him. A consummate family man, Banks runs miniature trains for relaxation, relishes his Sunday beef with Yorkshire pudding, and mourns his children's adolescent trajectory away from hearth and home. He enjoys a good working partnership with his superior, Detective Superintendent Gristhorpe, a gritty Yorkshireman who struggles to replicate the ancient technology of dry stone wall-building on his Dales farm. In employing cool logic, honed instinct, and sheer doggedness in pursuing his inquiries, and in avoiding violence for the most part, Inspector Banks is very much the classic police investigator—which is not surprising, given Robinson's acknowledgment of writers like Simenon, Maigret, and Christie as early influences upon his work.

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    ISBN: 9780330455459
    ISBN-10: 9781434304025
    Series: Inspector Banks Mystery Ser.
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 340
    Published: 1st January 2007