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Cold is the Grave (The Inspector Banks series) (original 2000; edition 2016)

by Peter Robinson (Author)

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Title:Cold is the Grave (The Inspector Banks series)
Authors:Peter Robinson (Author)
Info:Pan (2016), Edition: New Edition, 480 pages
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I thoroughly enjoyed my return to DCI Banks. I think that the series is just too big to be satisfied by a sprint through the entire oeuvre.

Banks has his personal issues but, they are kept in their proper place: subservient to the plot.

What I particularly admire about Mr Robinson's books is that they have the expected plot twist but, it never appears contrived. In this particular tale, it seems to be immediately apparent who committed the crimes and that all that is needed is the proof. As the investigation continues, however, inconvenient facts start to emerge which leads to a vault face in the last few pages.

Once the details of the real criminal are exposed, the reader has to admit that, not only does the new solution make perfect sense, but that the clues were there to be found.

An excellent book. ( )
  the.ken.petersen | Jun 10, 2018 |
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks' life is shaken to the core when he is unexpectedly pulled into the investigation of a young girl's disappearance in this shattering suspense novel from the hand of a modern master. When the nude photo of a teenage runaway shows up on a website, the girl's father turns to Detective Chief Inspector Alan banks for help. But these aren’t unusual circumstances, for the runaway is the daughter of a man who's determined to destroy the dedicated Yorkshire policeman's career and good name. Still, it’s a case that Banks—a father himself—dares not ignore as he follows its trail into teeming London. But when a series of gruesome murders follows soon after, Banks finds himself pulled into the past and private world of his most powerful enemy, Chief Constable Jimmy Riddle. One can never escape their pasts—especially when there are sordid secrets waiting to be revealed.

It's a very engaging, dark mystery. Through the foolishness of the teenage daughter of his nemesis, Chief Constable Riddle, the recurring protagonist...CI Alan Banks gets caught up in the drug world in and beyond London. It seems that Chief Constable "Jimmy" Riddle may be becoming "a more likable human being"...if that is even possible... as he overcomes his extreme dislike for Alan Banks and has to ask for his help.

All of the characters in Peter Robinson's Alan Banks series seem real and believable. Alan Banks is heroism personified...Cabot is tough and vulnerable. Together they are a force to be reckoned with. The plot is complicated enough to keep you guessing to the very end. ( )
  Carol420 | Oct 10, 2017 |
4.5 stars. More of an in-depth read than his previous books in the series. ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
As "Cold Is the Grave" opens, Detective Inspector Alan Banks is surprised at a request of Chief Constable Jimmy Riddle: the Chief, who has never hidden his thorough dislike of Banks, asks him to go to London to find out what his 16-year-old daughter, Emily, is up to and, if possible, to bring her home. The task is quite easily accomplished, although the unsavory characters Emily has encountered leaves Banks with a bad taste. Still, he moves on to other cases - an execution-style murder of a small-time crook, for starters - until he is drawn back into Emily’s - and Riddle’s - orbit in a most tragic way…."Cold Is the Grave" is the 11th Inspector Banks novel, and as ever Peter Robinson does an excellent job of fleshing out his characters and getting under their skin. A lot of the forward momentum of this entry relies on a series of misunderstandings between Banks and his detective sergeant (and former lover) Annie, but fortunately those communication misfires don’t last for too long and their relationship is allowed to continue to grow in a slow but believable way. By this point in the series, I think the reader needs to have read at least some of the earlier books, but as they’re a lot of fun to read, I don’t think that’s too much of a barrier to anyone; recommended! ( )
  thefirstalicat | Jun 6, 2016 |
When Inspector Banks' boss asks for Banks to locate his runaway daughter, the girl's story ends up tying into a very sinister series of events, ending ultimately in murder. This is another good installment in a very solid series. This one had a reasonably complex storyline and, although I figured out the culprit a little early, the motivation was only revealed at the end. I especially like how Banks' personal life continues to be developed as the series goes by, and in a very believable way, which is highly satisfying. The new audiobook reader (whom I detested in the previous book) did a little bit better job in this one - perhaps someone told him that Banks is not from Yorkshire; I'm very happy he toned down the dialect in this installment. ( )
  -Eva- | Jan 30, 2016 |
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The wind it doth blow hard
And the cold rain down doth rain
And cold, cold is the grave
Wherein my love is lain
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For Sheila
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De wind waait hard
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The nude photo of a teenage runaway shows up on a pornographic website, and the girl's father turns to Detective Chief Inspector Alan banks for help. But these are typical circumstances, for the runaway is the daughter of a man who's determined to destroy the dedicated Yorkshire policeman's career and good name. Still it is a case that strikes painfully home, one that Banks—a father himself—dares not ignore as he follows it's squalid trail into teeming London, and into a world of drugs, sex, and crime. But murder follows soon after—gruesome ,sensational, and, more than once—pulling Banks in a direction that he dearly does not wish to go: into the past and private world of his most powerful enemy, Chief Constable Jimmy Riddle.

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Maverick police inspector Alan Banks finds himself drawn into London's underworld when he aids his archrival Chief Constable Riddle, after the chief's missing daughter turns up on a pornographic website.

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