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When the Music's Over: An Inspector Banks Novel (Inspector Banks Novels) Hardcover – August 9, 2016
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A baffling murder on a remote country lane puts Alan Banks and his team to the test in the detective’s most intense and gripping case yet—from an author hailed by Louise Penny as “a writer at the top of his game.”
With Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot investigating a young woman’s death, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Banks finds himself taking on the coldest of cases: a fifty-year-old assault allegedly per-petrated by beloved celebrity Danny Caxton. Now Caxton stands accused at the center of a media storm, and it’s Banks’s job to discover the shocking truth.
As more women step forward with accounts of Caxton’s manipulation, Banks must piece together decades-old evidence—while the investigation leads him down the darkest of paths. . . .Suspenseful, powerful, and surprising, When the Music’s Over is the finest novel to date from one of the foremost suspense writers at work today.
About the Author
One of the world’s most popular and acclaimed writers, Peter Robinson is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Inspector Banks series; he has also written two short-story collections and three standalone novels, which combined have sold more than ten million copies around the world. Among his many honors and prizes are the Edgar Award, the CWA (UK) Dagger in the Library Award, and Sweden’s Martin Beck Award. He divides his time between Toronto and England.
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I think Banks is the author's vehicle for illustrating his frustration with the inconsistency of law enforcement and it comes across clearly in this book. He has no sympathy for the offenders who break the law by exploiting people whose weakness is due to ineffective education and inadequate social support. He works hard at his job despite his firm grasp of the law's inability to deliver perfect justice. I think it's bad enough in the U.S. but it seems that the privilege of wealth and status are even more pronounced in Great Britain. Banks is intelligent enough to be frustrated with this inconsistency. While on one hand he is willing to bend the rules in the interest of the powerless he never uses his position just to benefit himself. In short, he has integrity.
Annie has been my favorite character since she first showed up in "In a Dry Season" mostly because she comes across as the most real. I get mad at her for her actions sometimes but that's what makes her human. The difference between the characters of Annie and Banks is that I get mad at Robinson when I'm unhappy with Banks but when I'm upset with Annie, I get mad at Annie. Somewhere in he back of my mind I'm holding out for Banks and Annie to get together and have a stable and rewarding relationship. (Although I guess that kind of thing doesn't provide enough grist for mystery novel mill.)
Winsome has taken me some time to warm up to but I like her in "When the Music's Over". She is more mature and less judgmental. I'm still not sure about Gerry Masterson. At first I found her annoying and too cocky but then she pulled off an incredibly gutsy move in the middle of this story so she moved up a few rungs on my esteem ladder.
The peripheral characters are all well drawn too. Linda Palmer, Danny Caxton, Sunny, Mimsy, Lenny, Sinead and really, even all the minor characters are well drawn and add color and depth to the story. I think this novel is one of, if not the best of Robinson's work with his characters. He brings them to life, makes them real.
In addition to the characters, Robinson came up with two absorbing story lines. I wouldn't say that there were a lot of twists or surprises but there is plenty of suspense and I was engaged with the story until the very last page. And speaking of last pages, this book had one of the saddest endings I've read in a long time. Not sad as in weepy but more because of it's honest and realistic conclusion to the story.
I do recommend this book. There are some parts that are difficult to read and I personally wouldn't give it to anyone under 16 or 17 because of the graphic and abusive sex. There is enough of the positive to make me want to stay in the world of Yorkshire police work so I'm going to reread a few of the books in this series.
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