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All the Colors of Darkness: An Inspector Banks Novel (Inspector Banks series Book 18) Kindle Edition
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- Book 18 of 27 in Inspector Banks series
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Detectives Alan Banks and Annie Cabbot return in another electrifying novel from the acclaimed award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller Friend of the Devil
When the body of a man is discovered hanging from a tree in the woods near Eastvale, all signs point toward suicide. At least that's what it initially looks like to Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot.
The man is soon identified as Mark Hardcastle, the set and costume designer for the local amateur theater company. Mark was successful and well liked in the community, but enough remains mysterious about his background that suicide isn't completely out of the question. But when Mark's older and wealthier lover is discovered bludgeoned to death in his home, Annie begins to think differently. Could it have been a crime of passion, or did overwhelming grief lead to a man taking his own life? Increasingly confounded, she calls in the vacationing Chief Inspector Alan Banks—even if it means prying him away from his new girlfriend.
Once on the investigation, Banks finds himself plunged into a case where nothing is as it seems. More and more his own words about the victim's latest production, Othello, are coming back to haunt him, for "jealousy, betrayal, envy, ambition, greed, lust, revenge—all the colors of darkness" are quickly becoming his world as well.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File Size : 961 KB
- Print Length : 415 pages
- Publisher : William Morrow; Reprint Edition (February 5, 2009)
- Publication Date : February 5, 2009
- Language: : English
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B001NLKSCA
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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That said, this was a very good read. This was entirely different story structure in that the murders that take place in the beginning are rapidly explained. Then the twists and turns begin to take place with rapid pace. The relationship issues that take place are fraught with emotion and turmoil. It's well-written and keeps the reader intrigued. Very good mystery.
It's always fun to accompany Banks and Cabbot on an investigation because they are fully-realized characters. Robinson gives a lot of interesting details (his pub scenes are always absorbing) and a fine sense of place, especially London in this book. Banks is witness to a horrific terrorist bombing in Oxford Circus.
The "Othello" and Iago strands in the story are fascinating. Banks often has girlfriend trouble; this time it's with Sophia. As in many detective novels Banks is defying his bosses in the search for truth. Banks keeps dragging Annie over the brink into his unsanctioned investigation. Then the two of them are out there isolated swinging in the wind--two loners versus the system. Banks, the truth-seeker, is rattling cages, putting himself and Annie in danger of losing their careers. Banks says, "You have to dig deeper. You have to know."
When the spies, spooks, become all-powerful, can break the law with impunity, can destroy lives, secrete people away forever, kill and maim without fear of any law--then the world of the police procedural has been turned upside down, and when the crime writer relies on the spooks for his plot sustenance, then the police procedural genre loses its entertainment value. Robinson has taken the kick out of the booze when he gets too wound up with the spooks.
Police procedurals are fun when they are about a persistent cop or team of cops following up leads and trying to catch a non professional, non-organizational killer, one not connected either to a national government or the mob. When you stack the deck completely against the detective and make the perpetrator(s) all-powerful, it's no longer a fun contest to read about.
In a good procedural the cop must still have authority or empowerment. The equilibrium of the detective versus the perpetrator can get lost.
Robinson's an immensely readable writer, but perhaps in this venture, he has gotten too wrapped up in a conspiratorial mindset.
Well done Mr Robinson
Top reviews from other countries
Being new to this writer I have now decided to acquire all of them and to read them in the order in which they were written.
This because I identified his stories to be a refreshing insight into social history over the past few years, bringing to my attention how much we have progressed especially with respect to communications and technology. In the earlier novels, the police had to return to the car, find a phone box or ask to use a persons landline. They could find themselves in tricky situations with no means of summoning help. There is also a similar situation in the earlier days of computers, when very few officers were computer literate and saw it as a means of progression by making themselves indispensable.
Life is now so much easier for our police forces and indeed all of us.
It does not matter which of Peter Robinson's books you buy, you will get a good story, full of intrigue and thrills. Go ahead, 'get hooked' like me. Lois Rimmer JP; BSc.
This is a frightening and convoluted story involving smoke and mirrors and people who are definitely not what they seem to be. It also involves a personal crisis for Banks where once again his work has and adverse effect on his private life.
This is book was well up to the high standard set by most of the rest of the series and I found it a gripping read with plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing. If you like your police procedurals with plenty of psychological depth and interesting and well drawn characters then this could be the series for you.
Probably made it seem worse because FRIEND OF THE DEVIL was excellent.
The deaths at the centre of the story are discovered very early. Then it is unclear if this is more a Banks love story with a totally disconnected search for stolen parking cones and a stabbing for Annie and Winsome to pursue.
The real villain is hard to determine when secret service types run around muddying the waters. Rather limps to conclusion.