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Aftermath by Peter Robinson
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Aftermath (2001)

by Peter Robinson

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Series: Inspector Banks (12)

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This story starts where the average detective story finishes. The first chapter sees a raid on a house in which young women are being held, tortured and murdered. The main culprit is killed and there is a question as to whether his wife was a victim or compatriot.

Of course, crime fiction is never going to mirror real life: real detective work is, I would imagine, mostly quite boring and consists of lots of doing the prerequisite steps. Banks is allowed to be a rebel and go his own way. The tension between Banks and his bosses provides a large part of the entertainment. This work does, however, get as near as I have experienced, to real police work. Peter Robinson still manages to retain a sense of suspense and, even as the question of the victim/torturer becomes more evident, the question as to whether our hero will get to the correct solution hangs until the very last pages.

It is only reading books by authors of this calibre, that shows one the heights to which a good whodunnit may attain.

First class entertainment. ( )
  the.ken.petersen | Jul 1, 2018 |
This is the twelfth Inspector Banks novel that I've read and I believe it is the best one yet. Definitely worth five stars. ( )
  stephengal | Feb 27, 2018 |
School Library Journal, October, 2016
  aethomas731 | Jun 24, 2017 |
"Aftermath" is the 12th Detective Inspector Alan Banks mystery by Peter Robinson, and unusually for a mystery, it begins with the accidental identification and arrest of a suspected serial killer. Five young girls have gone missing, but the bodies of six girls are found at the man’s house, and one of the missing five is not among them. Banks must somehow make sense of what seems to be entirely senseless, and to pursue the truth to whatever end…. There are issues of domestic violence and excessive use of force by police in this novel, and it’s quite interesting to read a book in which the mystery is already solved, so that what’s important is what happens after that. Canadian readers will find one aspect of the novel especially familiar, but it should appeal to everyone familiar with police procedurals and, in particular, Mr. Robinson’s fine series - recommended! ( )
  thefirstalicat | Jul 12, 2016 |
2.5★s, didn't like the content; my least favourite of the Banks series so far. ( )
  Sergeirocks | Jun 15, 2016 |
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Maggie Forrest wasn't sleeping well, so it didn't surprise her when the voices woke her shortly before four o'clock one morning in early May, even though she had made sure before she went to bed that all the windows in the house were shut first.
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Number 35 The Hill is an ordinary house in an ordinary street. But it is about to become infamous. When two police constables are sent to the house following a report of a domestic disturbance, they stumble upon a truly horrific scene. A scene which leaves one of them dead and the other fighting for her life and career.

The identity of a serial killer, the Chameleon, has finally been revealed. But his capture is only the beginning of a shocking investigation that will test Inspector Alan Banks to the absolute limit.
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Penzler Pick, October 2001: The mystery novels of Peter Robinson (Aftermath is his 12th) are of increasing power and intensified intelligence. It's a dirty little secret of the crime-fiction genre that many of its writers simply spin their wheels, repeating over and over those old tricks which always have worked for them. They coast on past successes and repeat the formula hoping, if not assuming, that their fans won't notice.

Writers like Robinson, however, actually seem to grow in front of our eyes, delivering books of greater complexity each time. His previous two books, Cold Is the Grave and In a Dry Season, were novels of character and novels of crime, equally, and now Aftermath is here to reward his fans and new readers alike.

Like recent books by fellow English writers Reginald Hill, Val McDermid, and Stephen Booth, Aftermath centers upon a grim case in which attractive young girls have disappeared, victims of a cunning psychotic killer whose identity is well concealed behind a façade of respectability. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks of the Yorkshire Police is in charge of the case, but he's also got unavoidable personal distractions. His separated wife, Sandra, is pregnant by her lover, Sean, and wanting the divorce he's been dragging his heels over.

There is nothing cozy about the kind of English mysteries written by Peter Robinson, even if they do take place where picturesque rural villages make up the landscape. He's not afraid of gore or deviance, of violence, or of any of the baser emotions, and it's a raw old world behind the hedgerows and cottage walls. If Aftermath is your first taste of his tough-tender sensibility, it won't be surprising if you soon are hooked on the work of one of today's most accomplished practitioners of detective fiction. --Otto Penzler

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Inspector Banks is called in to investigate the disappearance of several girls in Yorkshire, a crime that takes a deadly turn when their bodies are discovered by two police officers answering a domestic disturbance call.

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