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The Summer that Never Was by Peter Robinson

The Summer that Never Was (2003)

by Peter Robinson

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Series: Inspector Banks (13)

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You've got to love a DI Banks book.

I took a break from reading this series because I didn't want to gorge all the goodies in one sitting. The lure has become too much and I returned to the fold with The Summer... I bought it as an omnibus with Cold is the Grave, interestingly, the book presents them in reverse order (CitG being the earlier book, but the second presented). It is surprising, as there are certain spoilers in the Summer...

As one would expect, the story, whilst not true to life, presents a credible landscape for Banks to inhabit. Robinson always does a fine job of balancing the detective's private and work lives. Some knowledge of Banks, the man, is needed to understand the way he works but some detectives are too 'interesting'; their back story subsumes the crime tale. Not Banks.

In this tome, Banks and side kick, Annie Cabbot, operate separately on two tales of child death. Banks on that of his childhood friend, whose bones have been discovered many years after his disappearance and Annie on a recent death, seemingly part of a failed kidnap.

I shall say little more about the plot because it might spoil it for any reader - including myself, should I return to re-read. Suffice it to say, that it was a hugely entertaining read and I shall go on a binge of DI Banks for a while. ( )
  the.ken.petersen | Mar 24, 2019 |
One of Inspector Banks' friends disappeared in 1965 and when the friend's bones are unearthed several decades later, Banks cannot help but take part in the investigation at the same time as Annie Cabbot deals with a new disappearance case that starts to closely resemble Banks' old one. You know when you start reading a book in this series that you'll get a solid mystery with solid characters in a solid environment and this installment is no different. Not riveting, but very much a what-the-doctor-ordered kind of read. I only wish that the two story lines would have had more to do with each other as that's more the norm in mystery fiction, but it was still a good read. Reading Banks is like wearing comfortable slippers and I will continue to put said slippers on when the mood strikes. ( )
  -Eva- | Aug 22, 2018 |
I haven't read the other books in the Inspector Banks series (this is the 13th). I found this book to be very good. There are two stories that intertwine through the book. Two missing teenage boys with one in 1965 and another now. Both story lines were really well done and both interesting in different ways. I had been concerned that it was going to be the ordinary sort of detective story but I’m left wanting to read more about Inspector Banks. ( )
  John_T_Stewart | Jan 27, 2018 |
This is book 13 in the Inspector Banks series. A long buried body is discovered buried in a field now being excavated for housing. It turns out to be the long lost teenage friend of DCI Alan Banks. A friend who disappeared without a trace over 30 years before. But Banks is on holiday in Greece and he works in a different police force over 2 hours drive away. Nevertheless, he is intrigued by the finding and feels that he can contribute to the case. The cold case becomes difficult, especially when it appears that others would prefer things be kept hidden. A few days later, the teenage son of a celebrity couple disappears on Banks’ home patch. A ransom is demanded, but the pickup never happens. Soon after, his body is found in a lake. This case also is difficult for a myriad of reasons. Not the least being the celebrity stepfather’s insistence that police interference has caused the death. Banks becomes involved in both cases, although the capable female detective inspectors, Michelle and Annie, are nominally in charge. The cases unfold due to the persistence of Michelle and Annie with the assistance of Banks. In my opinion, it took a while to get hooked, but generally, the story was good, but I felt the ending was a little weak. Still, I am prepared to give it 4 stars out of 5. ( )
  Bruce_McNair | Jul 23, 2017 |
Enjoyable instalment in the "Inspector Banks" series as events from 1965 have an impact almost 40 years later. However, the ending falls a little below Robinson's usual high standards.
  cryptext | Sep 9, 2016 |
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The glory dropped from their youth and love,
And both perceived they had dreamed a dream;

Which hovered as dreams do, still above:
But who can take a dream for truth?

Robert Browning, "The Statue and the Bust"
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Trevor Dickinson was hung-over and bad-tempered when he turned up for work on Monday morning.
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Having already shown, in 1999's In a Dry Season, that he can plumb historical homicide for gripping modern drama, Peter Robinson goes further in Close to Home, telling parallel stories about teenage boys lost in a grownup world, decades apart. The first is Graham Marshall, a childhood pal of Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, who vanished mysteriously in 1965, the supposed victim of a pedophile. Hearing that Graham's bones have finally been unearthed, Banks quits his vacation in Greece and heads to his hometown of Petersborough, England, hoping to assist the investigation--and, perhaps, assuage his guilt over his friend’s fate. Meanwhile, Banks's colleague and ex-lover, Annie Cabbot, is busy probing the recent disappearance of 15-year-old Luke Armitage, the sensitive, brainy son of a rock star who committed suicide during Luke's infancy. After Cabbot catches hell for interrupting what may or may not have been a legitimate ransom payment for Luke's return, she seeks Banks's advice, drawing these two plot lines neatly together.

As this intense and intricately crafted puzzler develops, blending fiction with a bit of fact (the Kray brothers, who ran a criminal ring in London's East End during the mid-20th century, play off-camera roles here), Robinson explores Banks's troubled relationship with his parents, especially his working-class father, who "had never approved of his choice of career." He also raises doubts about a famed copper who’d originally tackled the Marshall case, involves Banks romantically with a damaged detective whose investigative diligence threatens her safety, and shows Cabbot as someone better and stronger than merely Banks's protégé. Working with themes of lost youth and the dark secrets hidden in small towns, Robinson delivers in this 13th Banks novel a police procedural of remarkable human depth. --J. Kingston Pierce

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There are human bones buried in an open field, the remains of a lost teenaged boy whose disappearance devastated a community more than thirty-five years ago...and scarred a guilt-ridden friend forever. A long hidden horror has been unearthed, dragging a tormented policeman back into a past he could never truly forget no matter how desperately he tried.… (more)

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