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Many Rivers to Cross : DCI Banks : Book 26 - Peter Robinson

Many Rivers to Cross

DCI Banks : Book 26

Paperback Available: 24th September 2019
ISBN: 9781444787030
Number Of Pages: 416

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The twenty-sixth instalment of the internationally bestselling DCI Banks series

A skinny young boy is found dead - his body carelessly stuffed into a wheelie bin.

Detective Superintendent Alan Banks and his team are called to investigate. Who is the boy, and where did he come from? Was he discarded as rubbish, or left as a warning to someone? He looks Middle Eastern, but no one on the East Side Estate has seen him before.

As the local press seize upon an illegal immigrant angle, and the national media the story of another stabbing, the police are called to investigate a less newsworthy death: a middle-aged heroin addict found dead of an overdose in another estate, scheduled for redevelopment.

Banks finds the threads of each case seem to be connected to the other, and to the dark side of organised crime in Eastvale. Does another thread link to his friend Zelda, who is facing her own dark side?

The truth may be more complex - or much simpler - than it seems . . .

Industry Reviews

Praise for the DCI Banks series - :

Near, perhaps even at the top of, the British crime writers' league. - Times

The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong.

This is vintage Banks - a dogged search for truth which never once loses its grip on its hero's intuition and charm. - Daily Mail

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

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

ISBN: 9781444787030
ISBN-10: 1444787039
Series: DCI Banks : Book 26
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Available: 24th September 2019
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1

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Peter Robinson

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.

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