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The twenty-fifth instalment of the Number One Bestselling DCI Banks series.
'With a deceptively unspectacular language, [Robinson] sets about the process of unsettling the reader.' Independent
A young local student has apparently committed suicide. Her body is found in an abandoned car on a lonely country road. She didn't own a car. Didn't even drive. How did she get there? Where did she die? Who moved her, and why?
Meanwhile a man in his sixties is found dead in a gully up on the wild moorland. He is wearing an expensive suit and carrying no identification. Post-mortem findings indicate he died from injuries sustained during the fall. But what was he doing up there? And why are there no signs of a car in the vicinity?<
As the inconsistencies multiply and the mysteries proliferate, Annie's father's new partner, Zelda, comes up with a shocking piece of information that alerts Banks and Annie to the return of an old enemy in a new guise. This is someone who will stop at nothing, not even murder, to get what he wants - and suddenly the stakes are raised and the hunt is on.
Devour at first read and then go back immediately or some time later and re-read.
Not the best
Very disappointing as Peter Robinson's done WAY better in the past. Too many typos that are really a distraction for me and bad editing also eg. at one point in a scene, Annie's in the passenger seat and Gerry's driving then hey presto! Annie's the one driving the car! Not good at all and probably the fault of the editor. Anyhow, just a disappointing effort from Robinson on this occasion, but it won't stop me from reading his work in the future.
Latest Peter Robinson disappointing
As a Peter Robinson fan I was disappointed with Careless Love. Editing was sloppy - too many mistakes and the plot was unfinished.
Praise for Careless Love * : * This is vintage Banks - a dogged search for truth which never once loses its grip on its hero's intuition and charm. * Daily Mail * Robinson remains the master of the police procedural. * Mail on Sunday * Robinson is prolific, but with each book he manages to ring the changes. * Guardian * Banks' slow but dogged pursuit of murderers and his meditations on the past make him a figure readers feel they know intimately and trust implicitly and, despite moments of darkness, the series warmth makes you feel all's right with the world. * S Magazine * A fast-paced and ingenious story * On Yorkshire Magazine * His novels track the changing nature of crime, taking on difficult subjects such as gangs of men who groom underage girls, and the new book tackles the contentious subject of widening inequality. * Sunday Times * Robinson has a unique knack of revealing to the layman the painstaking and ingenious ways in which the numerous experts who work for the police can wheedle out the most infinitesimal clues surrounding a suspicious death * On Yorkshire Magazine * Praise for the DCI Banks series * : * The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong. -- Stephen King 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 * The Times * 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 * Top-notch police procedure -- Jeffery Deaver
ISBN: 9781444786989 ISBN-10: 1444786989 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 416 Published: 31st July 2018 Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1
About the Author
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.