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As much spy thriller as crime story, bestseller Robinson's solid 18th DCI Alan Banks novel (after Friend of the Devil) finds the Yorkshire copper trying to unravel a murder-suicide with potential ties to national security. While Banks is on holiday, Det. Insp. Annie Cabbot is called to the woods outside Eastvale, where a hanged man—soon identified as Mark Hardcastle, the local theater's set designer—is discovered in a tree. What looks like a simple suicide takes an unexpected turn when the badly beaten body of Hardcastle's boyfriend, Laurence Silber, is found in Silber's posh home. Banks, who returns to assist in the investigation, uncovers Silber's past life as a spy in MI6, which makes Banks doubt the prevailing theory that Hardcastle murdered Silber and then hanged himself. Robinson deftly integrates the requisite espionage elements with his regular cast. The unexpected cliffhanger will assure readers that this chapter in Banks's life is far from over. 11-city author tour. (Feb.)
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Peter Robinson rarely strikes a false note in his fiction, and All the Colors of Darkness, which draws on elements of espionage and Cold War treachery, is another solid installment in the Inspector Alan Banks series. Banks has become one of the most recognizable figures in a growing stable of gritty British crime solvers (Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus comes to mind). Critics are divided as to whether Robinson's latest effort is his best, but they are unanimous in praising the author's continued strong plotting and his main character's growth. An added bonus: Robinson's eclectic passion for music has become legendary among his faithful readers, who can find the cuts mentioned in the Banks novels on the author's Web site.
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  • File Size: 1361 KB
  • Print Length: 415 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (February 5, 2009)
  • Publication Date: February 17, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
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Peter Robinson's award-winning novels have been named a Best-Book-of-the-Year by Publishers Weekly, a Notable Book by the New York Times, and a Page-Turner-of-the-Week by People magazine. Robinson was born and raised in Yorkshire but has lived in North America for over twenty-five years. He now divides his time between North America and the U.K.

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Lee VINE VOICE on January 25, 2009
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Peter Robinson's books are always worth reading. I've enjoyed all of his Inspector Banks mysteries and was looking forward to number 18. Of course all the major characters are back as are the locations in the fictional Yorkshire Dales towns his fans have come to feel so familiar with. This latest entry in the series takes Inspector Banks back to London for much of the story, and Robinson tries some new subject matter, including a homosexual relationship and international terrorism, neither of which comes off very convincingly.

In All the Colors of Darkness an openly gay theatrical figure is found hanging from a tree, and the body of his mysterious lover is found badly mutilated. Robinson uses and acknowledges plot elements and themes from Ian Fleming's 007 novels, Hitchcock's North By Northwest, and even Shakespeare's Othello (Folger Shakespeare Library). Overall it just seemed a little too over-the-top for my taste. Even more disappointing are a tangential plot about thugs in the East Side Estate and an extraneous Al Qaeda attack.

If you are reader of the series, then you will want to read this one and see what happens to the continuing characters. If you are new to the Banks series, I'd say start at the beginning with
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By blue skies on November 9, 2009
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"Inspector Banks" is one of my favorite English detective series. Peter Robinson has written many fine installments. My personal favorites are "In a Dry Season", "Cold Is the Grave" and "Past Reason Hated" (which takes place in the Dales in the winter and is highly recommended winter mystery by the fire reading). All of the previous books in the series have been quite enjoyable with clever plots and interesting believable characters. I purchase them as soon as possible and savor them over the course of 1 or 2 days before passing them on to my wife and best friend. I keep hoping Masterpiece Mystery will film some of these. However, this book is another story, it was a disappointment in spades. It's like Peter Robinson trying to do Ridley Pearson or something. A complete misfire. My wife and best friend felt the same. As another reviewer mentioned, the frequent musical references are way overdone. Oh well, everyone has a bad day now and then. Peter, take a big breath and re-read some of your early works. Then sit down and write another great Inspector Banks mystery! I can't wait!!!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By David Cady VINE VOICE on May 30, 2009
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When Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot spells out her and Detective Chief Inspector Banks' theories about their latest case, their superintendent's response is "It...sounds far-fetched to me." I couldn't agree more. "All the Colors of Darkness" is one of those mysteries in which the reader is led on a wild goose chase of sorts (Shakespeare, spies and 9/11 are all thrown together haphazardly), only to end up at a conclusion that's both mundane and implausible. (And that's only one of the two cases the book covers. The other, involving gangland trouble on a council estate - yawn - is forgettable and pointless.)

This is certainly a step up from "Friend of the Devil," the last Banks novel, but it's still not one of this series' best. As in the latter, I think Robinson is biting off more than he can chew. Unbelievably, on top of the grisly murder/suicide that sets the novel in motion -- as well as a failed romance with a spoiled young Londoner -- Robinson throws Banks smack into the middle of a major terrorist attack, leaving him "smeared with blood and God knew what else," and questioning Man's inhumanity to Man. (It's a puzzling plot development, given that, once introduced, Robinson seems to have little interest in pursuing its monumental implications. As a device, it's remarkably arbitrary.) Banks is obviously heading for a major crash, given his black moods and heavy drinking...but I'm not sure I want to go along for the ride. Not that I have anything against hard-drinking, depressed detectives, mind you, Ian Rankin's John Rebus being a prime example. But at least Rankin leavens his Rebus novels with dry humor; the Banks series is no laughing matter.

And I'm over the constant musical references.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Angie Boyter VINE VOICE on January 22, 2009
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I do not recall reading a Peter Robinson before this book and so did not approach it with any expectations other than high hopes generated by the many awards Mr. Robinson has won. From the opening paragraph on, I was drawn to the characters major and minor, from police detectives Ian Banks and Annie Cabbot to minor players like the delightful Tom(asina) Savage, a tough private eye with a soft inside. I followed the book eagerly as much to get to know them better as to pursue the criminal investigation.
The deaths early in the book set up an interesting situation, however, and I was certainly interested in seeing how the "mystery" would be resolved.
About a third of the way through the book, a new element entered in the form of a British intelligence establishment run amok, intimidating innocent citizens, causing wanton destruction, and generally acting in a manner that is incredible to me even in a post-9/11 world. For example (SPOILER), in order to scare Banks away from investigating the case, agents break into his girlfriend's house and destroy all her precious heirlooms and artworks. Speaking of 9/11, the general mood of societal disruption was intensified by a clichéd, irrelevant-to-the-plot suicide bombing in London which, of course, Banks witnesses.
Despite wonderful descriptions of the beauty of the scenery, the buildings, and even the weather, it is clear early on that the picture of life Robinson paints is not a happy one, either for the characters or for large parts of British society. I was not expecting a "live happily ever after"ending, but there is no indication at all that anything will happen to redress the excesses of the intelligence establishment.
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