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When the Music's Over

by Peter Robinson

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Banks # 23 ?Banks has been promoted to Superintendent and Winsome isn ow a sergeant while Kevin is gone. (I feel as though I have missed a book) Banks is assigned the case of a 40 year old rape of a teenage girl by a tv personality (how totally timely, historic crimes is definitely in and celebrities are dropping like flies as stories are finally told here in the real world.) Annie is on a murder case, a teenage girl who was found brutally beaten on the side of the road.The stories are successfully intertwined around a theme of brutality to young women. The murder is the more compellling story. ( )
  lmnopqr | Dec 2, 2017 |
SWEDISH REVIEW

När musiken tystnar är den tredje boken jag har läst i Alan Banks serien. Jag var lite oroad att jag inte skulle gilla denna bok så mycket då jag läste föregående bok förra året (och jag hade helt glömt bort att jag hade läst en bok tidigare i serien) och för att vara ärligt så fann jag inte berättelsen i den boken speciellt engagerande. Så, det var med en viss mån oro som jag tog itu med denna bok. Jag hoppades att När musiken tystnar skulle funka bättre för mig. Jag hade tur, båda fallen i denna bok var intressanta och jag finner att Alan Banks och Annie Cabbot är båda intressanta karaktärer att läsa om.

Nyligen befordrade Alan Banks tar sig ann ett fall där en känd person anklagas för våldtäkt, men då det skedde för över 40 år sedan så är det svårt att bevisa det, om nu inte Banks kan finna bevis eller vittna till saken. Annie Cabbot i sin tur jobbar med mordet på en tonårsflicka. Båda fallen var intressanta att följa, även om jag tycker att Cabbots fall var en aning mer intressant. Jag tror det hela lista ut vem som är mördaren är helt enkelt något som jag finner mer intressant än ett 40 gammalt våldtäktsfall. Men jag måste erkänna att det fallet tog sig vändningar som jag inte hade räknat med.

När musiken tystnar är helt klart en läsvärd bok och det är alltid angenämt att finna en ny bra serie att läsa där ett flertal böcker har publicerats!

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ENGLISH REVIEW

When the Music's Over is the third book I have read in the Alan Banks series. I was a bit worried that I wouldn't enjoy this book so much since I read the previous book in the series last year and to be honest didn't I like the story especially much (And I had forgotten that I had read a book before that). I really hoped that When the Music's Over would work better and I was lucky. Both cases in this book worked great for me and I find myself liking both Alan Banks and Annie Cabbot.

Alan Banks has recently been promoted and he starts his new job with taking on a rape case. The problem is that the women in question were raped over 40 years ago and the man who she is accusing is a well-known man. Banks must find evidence or a witness, which isn't easy because it was so long ago. Annie Cabbot, in turn, works with the murder of a teenage girl. I think that both cases were interesting to follow, but I must admit that the murder case was a bit more interesting. I'm guessing that the whole finding out who the killer is probably something that interests me more than trying to solve a 40 plus-year-old rape case. However, I have to admit that the rape case took some turns that I hadn't expected.

When the Music's Over is definitely a book that I can recommend to anyone liking a good crime novel. I especially like the fact that there are so many books in this series that I haven't read yet!

Thanks to Forum bokförlag for the review copy! ( )
  MaraBlaise | Nov 19, 2017 |
I enjoy all Inspector Banks novels and I enjoyed this one. Extreme political correctness does exist in the UK. I did skim a lot of the diary written by one of the characters. However, the actual story was good and I love the characters of banks and Annie. ( )
  scot2 | Nov 17, 2017 |
I have been a fan of Peter Robinson's writing, and by inference, a fan of Inspector Alan Banks. The plotting is straight forward and the story telling excellent.

The main attractions are the locale, I spent a bit of time in Yorkshire so the people and the locale are quite familiar to me. Peter Robinson is quite adept at making the reader feel a part of the characters lives as well as gently dropping us into the Yorkshire cities and countryside.

I have been following Banks and Annie Cabbot for so long that yes, I do feel like I know them very well.

This book, however, veers a bit from the familiar and the comfortable. it delves in the newer dark underside of the modern UK and it is the uncomfortable kind. In this book, Banks has been promoted and Annie had not, and it clearly rankles. Annie is starting to show some of the irreverence and maverick bravado that was so much a part of Banks.

There are two crimes, as always. One is hostprical and one is present day. Robinson is excellent at this and he is once again telling the story with verve and aplomb.

The stories involve two very contemporary issues plaguing the western world: child molestation and racial unrest. In the aftermath of the Jimmy Savile scandal, it is no wonder that the author decided to use this motif as a centerpiece. He then adroitly mixed is with the second story involving child sex crimes mixed in with the racial issues that is popping up in the UK. While the UK does not have the historical dysfunction that the US has suffered through for the entire history, their dealings with the problem serves as a reminder of just how emotionally explosive this issue can be, especially with the roles of the aggressor and victim reversed.

You can tell that the author is struggling with trying to tell the story well, as he does, without really getting mired down by the emotional baggage that always rears its head when it comes to dealing with both issues. They are both complex and emotional. I am not sure that the author was completely successful in treating the issues in a clear eyed way, but he did have a good go. I don't think that there is A good way to address the issues in a work of fiction that is not directly a story that confronts the issue. I think that the author did well enough, given the parameters that he had set for himself .

Regardless of the amount of effort that he put into it, I was still left a bit disappointed by the ending of the story. It felt like there was another shoe that needed to drop, that the story was ended prematurely. This is why I only gave it a four star.

BUT, it was a jolly good read, the main characters were evolving as characters and the peripheral characters were also evolving nicely as well. ( )
  pw0327 | Jul 2, 2017 |
Not one of the best. There's a particularly annoying, and very slow passage, in which Annie and her partner discuss their joint case. How much better to see the detectives actually solving the crime. A little banter is fine, but four or five pages of exposition is a killer.There's a problem with Bank's case as well. Again, a woman who has complained of a childhood rape by a famous tv star, creates a memoir to try to free up her memories. This victim and Banks are only periodically in contact, so you have the police seeking information and the victim at home writing. There's very little human interaction. This whole work seems to be a few inches off target. It never gains momentum and both investigations are unsatisfying. There is one promising lead which might show up in a new work: the prejudice and Islamophia of many police, and the hopelessness, alienation, and bad decision making among Islamic communities. ( )
  neddludd | Jun 22, 2017 |
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"Two women. Two crimes. The first is a poet claiming she was assaulted decades earlier by a man now regarded as one of the country's national treasures. And the second is a girl found on a remote roadside, her body broken, her life snuffed out. For Alan Banks, newly promoted to Detective Superintendent, the first case rips a tunnel into long-ago days of innocence and discovery, of music and light. And in the victim, he sees an opportunity for magic recaptured ... if he can bring her assailant to justice. For Detective Inspector Annie Banks, the lifeless young woman poses a baffling mystery -- a mystery that will lead her into the unlikeliest of places, interviewing the unlikeliest of suspects."--… (more)

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