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Blood At The Root (Inspector Banks #9)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  1,421 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Hatred and murder breed in dark places ...

In the long shadows of an alley a young man is murdered, savagely kicked and beaten to death by assailant or assailants unknown. It is a crime shocking in its raw brutality, and its shattering repercussions will be felt throughout a small provincial community on the edge -- because the victim was far from innocent, a youth whose so
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Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 1997)
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A young man is found battered to death in an alley in Eastvale. What seems like a simple case of a fight after the pubs close going too far turns into a nightmare for DCI Alan Banks when it becomes clear that the dead man was a member of a sinister far right organisation. This is a story of friendship turned sour, confidences betrayed and it could just spell the end of Banks' career as the new Chief Constable seems to want to find fault with everything he does.

Banks has personal problems with hi
Although another great mystery, I’ll have to say that I liked this Peter Robinson book a little less than his previous novels. The plot was solid and interesting but there was no great mystery or guessing game to this book. Inspector Alan Banks has a lot of personal things that happen to him, which will perhaps impact future books that Robinson has written and might just be the reason this particular novel was a more quiet mystery than others.

As I’ve said before...Robinson’s books flow with a sp
Paula Dembeck
This is the ninth book in the Inspector Banks series.
Police Constable Ford comes upon what initially looks like a drunk, not able to make it home and sleeping it off against a graffiti scarred wall in an alley. But when the body does not move and he looks more closely, it is obvious the young man is dead. He has been badly beaten, his pockets emptied and his wallet is gone. It looks as if he has been hit over the head with a bottle and kicked several times by someone with heavy boots. This may
Kelly, Jim (2013). The Funeral Owl, Severn House, Surry, UK.

Jim Kelly was, born in Hertfordshire on April Fool's Day 1957 his father was a detective in the 'Met' - London's elite metropolitan police force and his mother's father was a special constable. Before becoming a writer he worked as a journalist in the fens and later in London. His first series "The Phillip Dryden Series" is set in Ely, in the Fens, and features journalist Philip Dryden and his side-kick Humph. The books won a Dagger In
The best I've read so far from Peter Robinson. A tale of racism and right wing pressure groups. Well worth a read
In this book #9 of the Inspector Banks series we find Alan Banks' having marital problems, a suspension from work to deal with along with a racial crime to solve. Robinson's characters are richly complicated, and his plots are quite intricate. I enjoyed this one very much but the ending was a little weak. I will be looking forward to the next one though as I am very interested in what Peter Robinson has in store for Inspector Banks' personal life. If you like good, modern British police procedur ...more
Thomas Strömquist
My experience this far have been mainly in the later part of this very long series and I do miss some of my favourite characters (i.e. Annie and Winsome). I was very happy to meet with 'Dirty Dick' Burgess, though!

Also like the longer format better, the ones I read this far are 5-600 pages, whilst this is a modest 300... Last but not least, this is the first one I read translated (into Swedish) and while I certainly cannot blame the author (or the translator, nothing wrong there either), the ex
It's fall in Eastdale and Inspector Alan Banks has been called to a ginnel beside a rundown park where a young man's body has been found. It appears he's been kicked to death, and all his ID has been taken. With an artist's drawing of the victim's face, the police begin door-to-door visits in the neighbourhood. Susan Gay is lucky to speak to a lady who recognizes the face as Jason Fox, who's family lives across the street. The Fox family identify the body as that of their son, but since he didn' ...more
A young man is kicked to death in an Eastvale alley. He had been seen in an argument with three Asians in a pub a few hours earlier. When it turns out that the victim was a member of a virulent white supremacy group, it looks as though it is a race crime. The three Asians are brought in for questioning, but released for lack of evidence.

Banks is being pushed hard by Chief Constable Riddle, who gives him conflicting orders (solve it now, but spend more time in the office on paperwork)and accuses
Karen Brooks
I read this book under the title, Dead Right, but have to say, I think I prefer the alternative! Yet again, Robinson presents another fantastic Inspector Banks mystery with a crime that, while brutal, also appears simple. But this is DCI Banks' world and nothing, including his relationship with his wife, is uncomplicated. The vicious bashing of a young man, Jason Fox, found in an alley after drinking in a pub, takes on even more sinister connotations when Banks and his team discover that Fox is ...more
Kathleen Hagen
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In this book in the series, Allen Banks has a complicated case to solve with political overtones. A young boy is beaten to death as the result seemingly of a bar fight. But as Banks delves into the case, he finds that the victim is part of a neo-Nazi group. Three Pakistan youths are accused of the murder because they were seen to be part of the fight. Then, the departmen
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Admittedly this was the first Peter Robinson novel I have read so I fear I may have been a little unprepared in terms of appreciating the characters but I don't think that was what affect my opinion. I really wanted to appreciate and enjoy this book as I am a great fan of crime/thriller novels but I was so let down by it within the first few chapters. It was Robinson's style of writing that really made me squirm. It is way too obvious that he himself is still a novice at understanding the police ...more
#9 Chief Inspector Alan Banks British police procedural. A young man is found beaten to death in an alley, and and after identifying him, it's discovered that Jason Fox was a member of a white supremacist group called The Albion League. He was seen having words with three Pakistani youths in a nearby pub, and they become the natural first suspects. But Banks doesn't believe they're guilty and begins searching into Fox's life to find out more about the youth, which leads him down a path into not ...more
Brian Williams
Recommended for fans of British police procedurals and the Peter Robinson Inspector Banks series. In this book (#9 of the Inspector Banks series), Banks and his team investigate the death of a neo-nazi skinhead. The prime suspects are a trio of Muslim youths who had a run in with the skinhead at a pub. Of course there's more to it than that and the plot twists keep the story fresh. Despite that, the story drags slightly at the beginning, but picks up midway through the book. I've found the same ...more
P.D.R. Lindsay
Peter Robinson writes a good tight police procedural. His Yorkshire Inspector Banks series is popular. 'Blood at the Root' is a good example of his series, just enough friction, idiots, and red herrings.

He's not my favourite author and I won't ruin his rating. Until I can have a private system where I can safely put one star to remind myself that this author is not one of my favourites, I won't spoil a writer's reputation and rating with a public rating. Many people enjoy Peter Robinson's simple
The plot is pretty convoluted and the ending is weak. The character of Banks is much better drawn than in previous books, and at last I see a glimmer of the Banks as portrayed in the recent TV series. Robinson is not too good at female characters; Susan Gay is pathetic. Published in 1998, it is now funny to read Robinson's explanation about dial-up internet. If you really want suspense and intrigue, try Phillip Kerr.
Dan T.
Blood at The Root was not as good as previous Banks centered novels, however it is certainly worth the read. Robinson is masterful in understating while effectively communicating what is happening beneath the surface. I am hooked on the series and just started another one
Will Byrnes
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Michelle Douglas
I was aware of DCI Banks from the TV series although I have never watched it.
The book was one I picked up really cheaply in a bookstore,but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.A lovely flowing manner to the writing and characters I could believe in.Although this book was not the first in the series,it really was a great novel as a first read of the author.I would have no qualms about reading others of Peter Robinson's books
Judy Kelley
I probably would have given this Inspector Alan Banks mystery four stars had it not been for what seemed like a very abrupt ending. It just didn't leave me as satisfied as most of Robinson's works,
February Four
I liked this a lot! I do think that Robinson tends to end his stories really abruptly, but the focus is on the mystery, not the personal life of Banks... it's personal preference here.
This is the second DCI Banks book I read. This was an older one, written in 2005. I have to say, I did not like the ending. It just seemed to end with no resolve.
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Petra Willemse
A good Banks novel where we get to see him delving deeper into hidden sides of people. His personal life also figures large in this story.
This was one of those stories where the main plot seemed less interesting than all the sub-plots. I was not overly surprised with the ending but it was nice to see how it developed. Interesting to finally see Banks' marriage end and curious to see what happens next.
Tony Sannicandro
One of his early works, better ones to follow but this book sets up Banks the man. Still a 5 star book, read it!
This book in the Inspector Banks series was more than a little disappointing, it was frustrating. After all the different aspects of the story line are supposed to come together in a nice, neat little package at the conclusion, this reader as left more than a little perturbed.
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Unanswered questions-who is the informer in West Yorkshire? What happened to Mark Wood and the Jamaicans? Is attorney Varney "dirty" and is Devon still roaming around Leeds selling drugs? And big unans
Judy Goodnight
A murder case that's possibly racially-motivated becomes even more politically volatile when it's revealed that the victim was a member of a Neo-Nazi group. Banks clashes with the Chief Constable, putting his job in jeopardy. On the home front, Banks' marriage is falling apart. Despite the tension at home and at work, Banks manages to bring the perpetrators to justice.

I read this one while out-of-town. Unfortunately, that meant I had to wait to get home before I could get the next book in the se
I really like Peter Robinson's books but this is not one of his best.
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