Close To Home (Inspector Banks, #13)
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Close To Home (Inspector Banks #13)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  1,996 ratings  ·  95 reviews
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. A heinous crime tha...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published January 27th 2004 by Avon (first published December 1st 2002)
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Shirley Schwartz
The Inspector Alan Banks series is incredible! It just keeps getting better and better, and Alan Banks is a wonderful character. A good policeman, but a man with many flaws and uncertainties which he always seems to work his way through when he's working on a case. I have read a lot of mysteries about past and present homicides, but this one is a step above. The book is about the disappearance and murder of two teenage boys. One from 1965 and one from the present day. The boy lost in 1965 was a...more
Maddy
RATING: 4.25

Inspector Alan Banks has been through a grueling time both personally and professionally and has decided to recuperate by taking his holidays in Greece for a month. He's run away from his messy life and has found paradise of a kind, but not for long. For things are happening back home that demand his attention.

During Alan's teenaged years, he had a group of guys that he hung out with, including a boy by the name of Graham Marshall. Graham disappeared and was never heard of again. It'...more
Geof
Perhaps you will like this book if you have read and enjoyed the prior 12 books in the series. While it does stand on its own, I found it utterly unreadable. I stopped reading it midway. From chapter one I found the main character to be a self-righteous jerk. The only part (of which I read) that I liked was when the female copper thought that the main character was dwelling on the past. Spot on! I really did not need to read paragraph after paragraph about what this Banks fellow listened to in t...more
Kathe
An engrossing classic police procedural, this is Peter Robinson's thirteenth Inspector Banks mystery. Banks was born in Yorkshire, where his mystery novels are set, but has lived in Canada for many years.

The Summer That Was starts with Inspector Alan Banks on holiday in Greece, staring at the sea and drinking too much ouzo. He receives a piece of news that sends him home on the next plane. He and his colleagues work on solving two cases: a cold case (from the '60s) and a (then) current crime (20...more
Simon
This is was a really good edition to the series. The story just sucked me in and didn't let go.
Deb
Inspector Banks on a vacation in Greek islands learns that the skeleton of one of his boyhood friends was found after the boy went missing 35 years ago. While Banks is helping with the inquiries for finding out what happened to his friend; another boy (present day) goes missing in his town. The boy's mom is a famous model; his dad was a famous singer; his step-dad is a former rugby player. The boy is found dead after much goings on with ransom money and police mishaps. Inspector Banks finds the...more
Lorraine
This 13th Alan Banks mystery was very good - 4.5 stars. Alan has taken a vacation in Greece when he reads in the English paper that the skeleton of his old friend, Graham Marshall(who had disappeared when they were both fifteen) is dug up in a field in Peterborough. Alan returns to England and travels to his old home town to give evidence to the officer in charge of the investigation, Michelle Hart. Banks always felt guilty about his friend's disappearance in August 1965, since he himself had be...more
Ian Mapp
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Monica
Alan Banks has been guilt ridden for years about the disappearance of a 15 year school old friend of his in Peterborough in 1965. He is vacationing in Greece when he gets word the remains unearthed on a construction site are those of his friend. He returns home to see if anything her remembers can assist in the investigation.

At the same time, in Banks' Yorkshire territory, another 15 year old has gone missing, apparently kidnapped. He is the son of an ex-model and a famous musician who committed...more
Anne Hawn Smith
The Detective Banks books are always good, but this one was particularly enjoyable. DI Banks is catapulted into the past when the bones of an old school friend, Graham Marshall, are found. Banks and his friends were all about 14 when Marshall disappeared and no one knew what happened to him. At the same time, Annie Cabot is investigating a similar disappearance and possible kidnapping of a 15 year old boy. The cases seem to be so similar and Banks is caught somewhere between them. Both boys were...more
Karen Brooks
Reading one of Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks books is like wearing a pair of comfortable shoes or slippers - it feels good, comfortable, and is always reliable in terms of character, plot and pacing. So it is with The Summer That Never Was, a story that allows regular readers of the series a rare insight into Bank's childhood and adolescence and the forces and people that shaped him.

One of the most significant of these was the mysterious disappearance of his close friend, Graham Marshall, who...more
rabbitprincess
Aug 30, 2009 rabbitprincess rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Banks fans; may also be a good place to start
Shelves: gift-card, 2009
Banks must come to grips with his past when the remains of a childhood friend, Graham Marshall, who disappeared forty years ago suddenly resurface. In the present, a young boy of about Graham's age disappears. The boy, Luke, has a lot to live up to in his parents -- he is the son of a model and a music legend who committed suicide, and his stepfather is a famous soccer player. It appears to have been a kidnapping, but was it really?

This was a very good book. The cases were being solved in parall...more
Susan Hulstine
This was the first Peter Robinson novel I've read and I'll be reading more. I loved all the Britishness - someone's always eating fish n chips or meeting a mate for a beer at the local pub. It seemed pretty clean, also but that may be because the British cuss words are foreign to me. Telling someone to "bugger off" just doesn't sound that bad! Ha. Much of the story covers British culture and music of the mid-60s, which I found interesting. It was enjoyable looking at it thru British eyes, rather...more
Monica
This is the 13th book in Peter Robinson's mystery series featuring Inspector Alan Banks...and all i can say is that Robinson gets better with every book i read...his books suck me in completely and i just want to get completely lost in the world of Alan Banks.

Robinson's books always have a clever plot...and the endings to his mysteries don't always turn out the way i expect they will. "The Summer That Never Was" has two plots running side by side. One: the death of fifteen year old Luke Armitat...more
LJ
CLOSE TO HOME (Police Prod-England-1965/95) – G+
Robinson, Peter – 12th in series
Avon Books, 2003- Paperback
*** On vacation in Greece, Chief Inspector Alan Banks learns the body of a boyhood friend is found, 30 years after the boy went missing. Banks remembers that someone tried to grab his a few days before and feels he has to return to the town where he grew up to finally tell the police about it. In the meantime, another 15-year-old boy has gone missing.
*** Not everyone can pull off having two...more
Marisa
Another excellent entry into the Inspector Alan Banks series. In this installment, Banks revisits his past while investigating the brutal death of a childhood friend. This murder investigation dovetails with a present-day search for the murderer of a young boy in Eastvale. There are similarities in the two deaths, 30 years apart - and the loss of innocence at too young an age is keenly felt. It is interesting to see Banks interact with his parents and his former cronies from the old neighbourhoo...more
Jim
The Summer that Never Was, by Peter Robinson, sees Yorkshire policeman DCI Alan Banks (Robinson's main character) discover that the bones of an old schoolboy chum have been discovered near his old home town. At the same time a local kid (and son of a rock icon) disappears in his new "patch" so Banks (along with his subordinate DI Annie Cabbot) helps bring both investigations to a conclusion.

This book, which occurred earlier in the "Banks and Cabbot" series, is better than his 2 most recent books...more
Rosina Lippi
The Inspector Banks series of mystery novels is very popular, both in England and here, so let me say right up front: I'm not the right reader for these stories. Many other authors and readers whose taste I generally share like them, but I can't figure out why. Inspector Banks is a dark character, moody, almost morose, which would be fine, except that the story just plods along. There is a heaviness to it, a lack of energy, that drained me. Am I spoiled by American mystery/thrillers which bubble...more
Rosina Lippi
The Inspector Banks series of mystery novels is very popular, both in England and here, so let me say right up front: I'm not the right reader for these stories. Many other authors and readers whose taste I generally share like them, but I can't figure out why. Inspector Banks is a dark character, moody, almost morose, which would be fine, except that the story just plods along. There is a heaviness to it, a lack of energy, that drained me. Am I spoiled by American mystery/thrillers which bubble...more
Trilby
Not a Scotland Yard detective, like those in the other British mysteries I've read, Banks, the protagonist,lives in Yorkshire. The plotting is tight, with Robinson keeping two separate mysteries going throughout, while keeping a coherent thread and developing the same themes in each.

Especially interesting to me were the scenes set in Banks' home town of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire (East-Central England). Bank's blue collar parents still live in the "housing estate" (i.e., projects) he grew up...more
L.
I'm in love with the main character in this book, I think. Of course, that means I'll probably have to add Peter Robinson to my Authors list.

So this finds Alan Banks in Greece recovering from a previous case, where he reads a short article in the paper about bones being discovered near where he grew up. As it turns out, the bones are those of a friend of his from his teen years. In spite of having another week of leave, he returns to England to see if he might have any information to help the lo...more
Carol
I love a good mystery as much as the next person, but this one was waaaayyyyy toooo long. It went on and on and on and on, and with two plot lines it was even more tedious. This is my second Peter Robinson. Not sure I'll go back. Having read only one Inspector Banks before that I can remember. He has Banks as an overall pleasant guy, but there were too many characters, and just wasn't my favorite book.

I'm borrowing this quote from another reviewer. I agree. Inspector Banks is a dark character,...more
Jan Ryder
Peter Robinson's writing style is not for me. The narrative was interrupted by long descriptive passages – of the scenery, the weather or the main character’s internal musings of childhood memories – that slowed the pace to a standstill, and kept throwing me out of the story. In the end I was skip-reading the descriptions to try and connect with the story thread once more.
Will Byrnes
The body of Alan Banks’ childhood friend, Graham Marshall, is discovered decades after he was killed. Banks returns from a Greek vacation to offer assistance. He learns much of the unseen world in which he was raised, including that Graham’s dad was a mob enforcer, and that Graham himself had some secrets worth keeping. Banks and DI Michelle Hart raise some sparks between them but not a lot of heat. Digging up the past uncovers more than a mere set of bones, it reveals a world of corruption unsu...more
Jennifer
I liked the 2 separate storylines here...and I did not really see the ending coming on either. More new characters are introduced and I will be curious to see how they unfold. They had lead up to this storyline, in part, in previous books so it was interesting to watch it unfold.
Nils Ragnar
Velskrevt, men for lang og 'pratete' krim, med to paralelle historierer om myrdete unge gutter, den ene fortalt i mye i nostalgiens lys, med mye referanser til musikk og kultur på 60-tallet, ettersom det dreier seg om en barndomsvenn av detektiven Alan Banks.
Debbie Maskus
Another Alan Banks mystery set in England, this time Alan returns home to help with an investigation of bones belonging to a childhood friend who disappeared 35 years ago. While Alan is reviewing the past, Annie Cabot must investigate the case of a local 15-year-old lad missing. Both the cases deal with sex: the older case as forbidden and illegal homosexual sex in 1965, and the current case of a 15-year-old lad and his older female teacher. The 1965 case involves a cover-up by the policeman in...more
Judy Goodnight
I feel like I should just say "See my review of the previous book in this series." Ditto to all the good comments.

In various books in the series, Banks makes mention and/or thinks about his friend, Graham, who disappeared when they were 14 years old. It was presumed that he was dead, likely the victim of a sexual predator. In this book, the action opens with the bones of a long-buried body being unearthed by construction equipment. The long-ago disappearance of Graham & the investigation in...more
Roger Neilson
Excellent, partly I suspect because of the setting of half of it in the sixties.

Well plotted and told.
Jeannine
Only my second Peter Robinson title. I like that you can read them out of order, and while their lives have changed, it's never confusing. Well-developed main and secondary characters, no easy answers. Looking for an absorbing read, this is the place.
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