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A Necessary End (Inspector Banks, No.3) Mass Market Paperback – January 5, 2000
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Chief Inspector Alan Banks of Britain's Eastvale Regional Police reappears in another fluently written, superior mystery. In this third outing he plays good cop while Supt. Richard ("Dirty Dick") Burgess, a special investigator from London CID, plays bad cop in investigating the murder of a young constable sent to keep order at an anti-nuclear demonstration. "A full-blown riot in Eastvale, admittedly, on a small scale, was near unthinkable," Banks muses. It's a drowsy town of 14,000 that time has passed by, yet a murderer--one of the demonstrators--undeniably has struck with a flick-knife (switchblade). Dirty Dick, a notorious stud and heavy drinker, roars into town, convinced that Bolshies and terrorists have killed PCsic Gill. A user of terror tactics himself, he's intent on making a collar even if the evidence must be bent. He brushes off Banks's suggestions that the demonstration may have been used as cover for a grudge killing. In a story that uses considerable psychological subtlety in exploring the afterlives of '60s flower children, Banks traces the crime to its roots in the past. Toronto author Robinson ( Gallows View ; A Dedicated Man ) has created a stalwart cop in Alan Banks, a man who loves justice and understands a woman's heart. Mystery Guild alternate; paperback rights to Avon .
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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The author of A Dedicated Man ( LJ 7/91) returns with another fine traditional English mystery featuring Inspector Banks.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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But the fact that methodical police work followed from the start to the finish did not mean the book was slow or boring. Just the opposite. I was thoroughly engaged with the characters and their personal storylines, a tribute to the author's writing skills. Every now and then I thought one or another of the characters might turn into a very bad seed which promoted and prolonged the intrigue and propelled me to turn pages.
The arrival of Superintendent Burgess from London was an interesting technique to introduce variety and spice into a cadre of primary characters. He operated in sharp contrast to Inspector Banks.
I enjoy this trip to Eastvale very much. I will plan another soon.
Example: Inspector Burgess, the mean and sometimes mean-spirited visitor from London suspects reds under every bed, left-wing conspiracies behind everything and yet ... likes Billie Holiday. Osmond, who seems a knee-jerk left-winger, talks about the way all anti-nuclear people are presumed to be on the same page on every subject. They're not, he notes, pointing to the anti-abortion position of some left-wing Catholics.
All of this humanizes an interesting detective story. Robinson, who seems to have come to notice in "In A Dry Season'' is up there with the best of the mystery writers and this book is up there with his best.
The characters reflect a cross section of disparate individuals but who are all living in the same general community.
I am looking forward to reading more of the Inspector Banks books in as much of their order as I can manage.