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Final Account (Inspector Banks Novels) Mass Market Paperback – September 28, 2004
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So, my advice to other readers is to invest the time in reading this series from the start. The first few books are only so-so but they lay the foundations to make later books a much enjoyed reading experience.
This one opens, literally, with a bang, as two masked men abduct an accountant. The incident is witnessed by the man's wife and daughter. Soon after shots are heard at the nearby barn on the accountant's Yorkshire property. The man's face has been blasted off. Chief Inspector Alan Banks is summoned and begins investigating. It becomes clear that the abducted man, Keith Rothwell, was not all he seemed to be. Layer after layer is peeled off his public and private image, his essential identify becoming more and more elusive.
Almost all the traditional elements of the murder mystery genre are skillfully worked by Peter Robinson. Characterization is a stand out feature, although characters all seem to be uniformly articulate. Readability is another sterling quality. This is a murder mystery that will easily draw you in, and one that will leave you feeling afterwards that your time with it has been well spent.
The book gets off to a breathless start with the arrival of police to investigate a murder -- the body is in the barn of the victim's Yorkshire "farm" (this isn't a working farm). Two masked men had tied up the man's wife and daughter, taken the man to the barn, and shot him in the back of his head with a shotgun -- leaving a grisly scene. But this is not a particularly gruesome book -- most of the time is spent trying to find out who killed the man and why.
Although there are lots of twists and turns, I can't say I was surprised very much by the ending (that twist had crossed my mind) -- but the book was so well written I could hardly wait to get back to it.
If you like "English" mysteries (the kind P.D. James writes), you will enjoy this mystery and others in the series.
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I love Robinson's books. This is the sixth I've read... correction: I've not been able to put down. His characters are do well drawn and unpredictable. Read morePublished 3 hours ago by Wayne G. Jordan
I always enjoy a Inspector Banks book. Peter Robinson writes with skill and manages to avoid sounding formulaic, although all mysteries are built around a formula. Very good read!Published 5 days ago by Natasha H. Andersen
Popular culture stereotypes accountants and actuaries as boring folk. But what happens to accountant Keith Rothwell in Final Account, the seventh novel in Peter Robinson’s... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Miss Ivonne
This is my third Inspector Banks (yes, I'm reading them out of order--that's just the way it goes sometimes) and I've liked it the least. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Rose M. Griffith
Well written, good plot, surprise ending -reading entire series.Published 3 months ago by Nora L. Hall