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Product Details

  • Series: Inspector Banks Novels (Book 7)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (September 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060502169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060502164
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the Yorkshire countryside, middle-aged accountant and financial consultant Keith Rothwell is murdered while his wife and daughter are forced to watch. Detective Inspector Alan Banks and his assistant, Constable Susan Gay, are the lead investigators on the case. As Banks and Gay investigate, they reveal the victim to have been a conservative, quiet man virtually devoid of personality and style. But then a beautiful young musician sees Rothwell's picture in the paper and reveals that he had a secret life: as Robert Calvert, the musician's former lover. Meanwhile, Rothwell's financial dealings are coming into focus: he was skimming from one of his clients, a drug-dealing Caribbean dictator, and may have been murdered for his transgressions. The few loose ends to the case trouble Banks, and he pursues them until he draws a surprising conclusion. Tremendous plotting and solid characters make this a superior British procedural from the critically acclaimed author of Wednesday's Child. Wes Lukowsky --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Impressive.... A dark, unsettling story." ---The New York Times Book Review --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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.

Customer Reviews

This is a good book that kept my attention.
John Kenney
The contrived plot,mediocre writing plus all the unlikeable characters just make this a very bad book.
Fabian
I have become addicted to Peter Robinson's excellent series of Inspector Banks novels.
PAUL BRADSHAW

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By David Cady VINE VOICE on November 21, 2004
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I'm a huge fan of the Scottish writer Ian Rankin, so when I heard him favourably compared to Peter Robinson, I had to check the latter out. Of course I started with the first of the Inspector Banks series and was surprised to find no similarity to the Rankin books at all. The Robinson novel was a modern variation of the cozy English village police procedural made famous by so many other writers. Where was the grit of Rankin, the complicated psychology? Well here it is, finally, in Robinson's sixth Banks mystery, recently reissued. This is a fine piece of work, masterfully written, with a truly surprising ending. Now I know why reviewers have mentioned Rankin (a must read) and Robinson in the same breath. And I'll definitely be reading more.
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73 of 86 people found the following review helpful By E. Liss on March 16, 2005
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This book is Identical in every way to "Final Account" except for the title and the Copyright date! It is even listed by Amazon as a recomendation to those who bought Final Account which is how I wound up with it. Imagine my disappointment when I opened the book to find this out. I enjoyed Final Account but it really steams me to have paid for it TWICE!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Carol Peterson Hennekens on August 15, 2002
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I can only suspect that the nay-sayers haven't read the previous books in this series. Banks is a bit like scotch whiskey - an acquired taste. Much of the pleasure in reading this book lies in knowing Banks and his supporting characters. What kind of music will Banks be "into" in this book (it changes in each book)? Will Susan Gay develop a life outside of her work? What nasty tricks will Burgess be up to in this episode? What's up with Banks' marriage and can he resist temptation one more time?
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Austin VINE VOICE on April 26, 2004
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Peter Robinson is one living author whose book titles will be circulated to all my family members when my next birthday draws near. He has rejuvenated an appetite for murder mysteries that had become jaded.
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.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dianne on November 11, 2005
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I wish I had read the reviews before ordering this book. I read all of Robinson and was delighted to see a "new" title. When I received it, it was familiar right away, but I knew I had not read any book by this title. This is a Pan paperback publication, and Final Account is an American publication. I expected the Final Account copywright page to list "Previously published as...", but it was not there. It was not possible to "look inside the book" to get the copywright date, so I don't know how you would have avoided this error, except to have read the reviews. Actually, it was ok the second time around!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. C. Crammer VINE VOICE on February 15, 2005
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Peter Robinson is a Canadian who writes English mysteries, set for the most part in Yorkshire. His detective, Inspector Banks, is a police homicide detective who has a working class background, a love of classical music, and (in this book), a deteriorating marriage because he spends so little time at home.

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 28, 2001
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"Final Account" is the story of Keith Rothwell, a mild-mannered accountant who has been brutally murdered, execution-style. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, with the help of his colleagues, investigates Rothwell's shady business dealings as well as his family and social contacts. Banks discovers that Rothwell's life was a great deal more complicated than the police could ever have imagined. Once again, Peter Robinson has created a fascinating character study of a man whose outward appearance is deceptive. The book has many wonderful qualities. It is full of colorful Yorkshire characters who are brought to life in exquisite and entertaining detail. Robinson's descriptions of the beautiful English countryside are lovely. The mystery is satisfying although the ending is a bit far-fetched. I especially like the character of Inspector Banks, who has always been a man of contradictions. He is compassionate towards victims, but he can be ruthless and cruel when necessary. Although he loves his wife, he all but ignores her when he is on a case. He has little formal eduation, but he has a deep interest in music and literature. Banks is one of the most interesting of all the British detective heroes and "Final Account" is a fine mystery in the Inspector Banks series.
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