Piece of My Heart (Inspector Banks Novels) Mass Market Paperback – April 24, 2007
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From the Back Cover
1969 . . . In an era of free love and rebellion, a dead body is discovered among the detritus of a recently concluded rock festival—a beautiful young woman stabbed so savagely through the chest that a piece of her heart was sliced off.
Now . . . A freelance journalist, a stranger to the region, is savagely bludgeoned to death in a shocking act of violence with no apparent motive.
Two murders separated by four decades are investigated by two very different but equally haunted investigators—one, a casualty of war unable to come to terms with a confusing new world; the other, a rogue policeman harboring ghosts of his own. But the truth behind a grisly present-day slaying may somehow be hidden in the amplified, drug-induced fog of a notorious past, propelling Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks into the darkest shadows of the peace, love, and rock 'n' roll generation.
- Publisher : Harper; Reprint edition (April 24, 2007)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060544368
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060544362
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1.12 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,406,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So violent was the knife attack against Linda Lofthouse that the eponymous "piece of" her heart was torn off.
So many heartfelt questions are asked and answered:
What connects the two timelines that run parallel in this story?
What other hearts are giving away a few pieces to the ones they love?
How do family, music, loyalty and love weave a complicated web throughout the lives of the characters?
A truly intricate, emotional and satisfying read.
I wouldn't categorize it as a British Cozy, but it's far from Scan-Crime (another genre I love to read). An easy read before nodding off to sleep or waiting for an appointment!
The main problem I had was with the structure of the novel, i.e., a few pages in 2005, then a few in 1969, a few more in 2005, then back to 1969, etc. They are not really flashbacks, but an intermixing of the two cases that make it hard to concentrate on the plot. I finally skimmed through, ignoring 2005 until I was finished with 1969, then went back and read the 2005 sections.
There are some side issues about various people's attitudes, and contrasts between time periods. Kev Templeton does not come across well in this novel; and Banks has a new supervisor, an ambitious woman who views herself as a new broom.
Top reviews from other countries
But overall a good read. Resolution not gripping but nicely woven double story 4 decades apart comparing attitudes and differing problems of detection for Banks and the 60s eqivalent. Not as good as others in the series up to this.