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Another stunner from Robinson
on November 4, 2017
I became acquainted with Peter Robinson's books through the BBC series "DCI Banks," and had found the episode adapted from this book particularly moving. DCI Banks's humanity and integrity were never more clearly shown.
The book differs considerably from the TV version, while sticking to the bare bones of the plot. It is much richer, as the books usually are, but it becomes obvious why some of the more salacious details, and some of the more labyrinthine plot points, were left out of the TV version. What I especially appreciate about Robinson's work, and it shines in this book, is his representation of his characters in all their richness and untidyness. None of them is a cipher. And again, the wealth of cultural detail and references to the settings, contributes to the wonderful depth and resonance of the reading experience. Without in any way diminishing the uniqueness of Robinson's work, I think of him as a modern day Thomas Hardy, and look forward to reading the rest of his novels.