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Product Details

  • Series: Inspector Banks Novels
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (February 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006136293X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061362934
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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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From Bookmarks Magazine

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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More About the Author

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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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer 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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 26, 2008
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Reading the 18th book in the Inspector Alan Banks series is very much like sitting down for a chat with an old friend. For many of us, Banks is comfortable, familiar, someone in whom we have an interest , a person for whom we've come to care. Whatever the case, we know in advance that the time spent together will be sometimes surprising , always satisfying. So it is with All The Colors Of Darkness.

We now find a very content Alan Banks who "stretched and almost purred" as he awakes. After all, he's with Sophia, a rare beauty who's a bit of a mystery to him but a delightful one. It's his weekend off and he and Sophia are hosting a dinner party in the evening. Thus, he's not at all agreeable when he receives a call from his associate DI Annie Cabbott saying that his help is needed. Sophia is no more understanding about Alan's sudden departure than his former wife was about their canceled plans, his unanticipated absences.

However, as concerned as he is about disappointing Sophia Banks soon finds himself caught up in one of the most challenging cases of his career - nothing is as it appears to be, it is far worse than he could have imagined. Two men are dead.

The first to be found is Mark Hardcastle whose body is hanging from "a length of yellow clothesline on a low bough...his feet about eighteen inches off the ground." Mark was gay, a set designer at the Eastvale Theatre, and evidently well liked. The second body is that of his partner, the affluent Laurence Silbert, who had been brutally beaten to death.

Jealousy? A lovers' quarrel turned deadly? A murderer then stricken with remorse a suicide? Detective Superintendent Gervaise is willing to accept that explanation. Banks and Annie are most definitely not.
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13 of 15 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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