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Close To Home (Inspector Banks #13)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  3,376 Ratings  ·  144 Reviews
The past returns to haunt Chief Inspector Alan Banks in this harrowing novel of suspense from New York Times bestselling author Peter Robinson.

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 un
ebook, 464 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by William Morrow (first published December 1st 2002)
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Thomas Strömquist
The discovery of the remains of a childhood friend of Banks, who disappeared when they were in their early teens, makes the inspector cut his Greek vacation short. No more has he gotten home, when he needs to assist Annie Cabbott with a very recent disappearance of another young boy. What looked straightforward in both cases turn out to be much more complicated than anyone could guess. The suspense in the parallel stories of history and present and the great characters (old and new) was highly e ...more
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
Jun 29, 2015 Eadie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
In this 13th book of the DCI Banks series, we get an interesting view into Banks' childhood when he returns home to investigate a murder of his childhood friend. Soon Banks' finds himself engrossed in a more current murder of Luke Armitage, another teenage boy. I liked following the aspects of both murders while the author slowly builds the level of suspense/tension as each new plot development is revealed so that you really had an on-the-edge-of-your-seat feeling. The characters were also well ...more
Oct 26, 2010 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is was a really good edition to the series. The story just sucked me in and didn't let go.
May 30, 2010 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2003-reads
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'
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
Dec 16, 2013 Geof rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nick Davies
Jan 13, 2016 Nick Davies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
AKA 'The Summer That Never Was' - This wasn't quite up to the usual high standard. I felt it a little incongruous to have Banks have a long forgotten murder suddenly become relevant, and suddenly be possible to solve (especially when there was quite a lot of conjecture required to tie everything together). I didn't regret reading this - it was an absorbing and easy read - but it certainly wasn't one of my favourites in the series.
Jun 13, 2012 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
It was OK - nearly gave it a 1 but there are worse books around. The thing I most objected to was the pretentious title-fest of music and musicians, books and authors and paintings and painters. OK, Peter Robinson knows a lot about these things, but frankly, I don't care about that! It doesn't help the story one iota.
Jul 03, 2013 Lili rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction, kindle, a
Also entitled "The Summer That Never Was" we have often heard Banks mention his childhood friend, Graham who went missing the summer of 1965. Now with the discovery of old bones he travels back to his old home to help the local police in their enquiries. Another good read.
Sheila Myers
Oct 16, 2016 Sheila Myers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Very enjoyable and suspenseful. I liked the way Peter Robinson presented two cases for Inspector Banks to work - one in the present and one from his past. I think this gave a better look at Banks and what drives him to do his job.
Rose Mary Griffith
I loved the interweaving of stories from Inspector Alan Banks’ youth and the present day.

Both tales involve teenage boys—one missing, presumed dead and one missing, hopefully alive. The reasons they went missing are vastly different, but the impact that their loss has on the characters, particularly Banks and Annie Cabot, is similar. It is resurrection of the emotions of loss and guilt and grief and a desire to right what was made wrong.

Close to Home came through as one of the strongest Banks no
Paula Dembeck
Jun 09, 2015 Paula Dembeck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As we rejoin Banks in the thirteenth addition to the series, he is vacationing in Greece, attempting a brief escape from his failed marriage, a failed relationship and a job which is threatening to send him over the edge. The constant exposure to conflicting demands, violent death and the very worst in people is threatening his very sense of self.
While trying to enjoy this brief holiday escape, he reads about new developments at home. A construction worker has uncovered a skeleton at the site o
Nov 18, 2016 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Combination of two cases as Banks returns to work. Liked the intro of the cases but thought the end was a bit weak.
Close to Home gives us two story lines to follow. Both of course involve DCI Banks. In present time Alan Banks is on a holiday in Greece, trying to get rest after a particularly harrowing case from the last book. While there, he reads a newspaper account about skeletal remains being found in Yorkshire. The bones were discovered during a construction excavation.

What makes this close to home is the identity of the victim, 14 year old Graham Marshall , Banks childhood friend. It was mentioned in pr
Alison Hardtmann
Peter Robinson has a long running series of crime novels set in the Yorkshire moors. They're good, but not great; atmospheric and interesting without breaking new ground. This thirteenth installment, was a solid offering. Banks begins this novel on vacation in Greece, but he is called home again when the body of a childhood friend who disappeared when they were both sixteen is found. He doesn't know what he can do to help the local police solve the cold case, but he knows he has to try. At the s ...more
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
Dec 29, 2014 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Those who have read the early books in this excellent series will remember DCI Alan Banks mentioning that the disappearance of a school friend, Graham Marshall, was one of the reasons he joined the police. No one ever found out what happened to Graham and Banks felt guilty because he didn't report an earlier encounter with a strange man because he was playing somewhere he'd been told not to play. When the skeleton of a young boy is found on a building site it is identified as Graham Marshall. Ba ...more
Karen Brooks
Aug 11, 2013 Karen Brooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 28, 2009 rabbitprincess rated it really liked it  ·  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
L.A. Kent
Dec 15, 2016 L.A. Kent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable read. Interesting to see Banks going 'off patch' again.
Ian Mapp
Dec 17, 2012 Ian Mapp rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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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
Feb 20, 2013 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Susan Hulstine
Dec 27, 2012 Susan Hulstine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Anne Hawn Smith
Oct 18, 2010 Anne Hawn Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Elizabeth Elwood
Mar 12, 2016 Elizabeth Elwood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing read in Robinson’s Inspector Banks series, the book deals with the disappearance of two teenagers, one in the present, and one from several decades previously, a case that is reopened when a skeleton is discovered on a building site. When forensics identifies the skeleton as a friend from Banks’ youth, the mystery becomes intensely personal for the detective. As a result, he offers assistance to the investigator in charge of the case, and the fact that this is a very attractive wom ...more
Robyn Smith
DCI Banks features again in this competent police procedural by Peter Robinson.
Having just watched numerous DVD episodes of Wallander, I couldn't help comparing Banks with him. However, despite their respective positions in the police, there's not a great deal of similarity. Who could match Wallander, for his existential anxiety about his life, his complete hash of everything he does, his propensity for trouble but still managing to pin down the murderer everytime?
Stephen Tomkinson who plays Ban
Kim Kimselius
Nov 18, 2015 Kim Kimselius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En bok där man får komma Alan Banks nära inpå livet och ta del av hans barndom och uppväxt. Jag tyckte om att vara del av två parallella händelser som utspelar sig med många års mellanrum, men ändå vävs samman till en berättelse som är svår att sluta läsa.

Alan Banks är på semester när han får veta att skelettet av hans barndomsvän, Graham, har återfunnits efter 35 år. Genast kastar han sig på första transportmedlet för att ta sig hem och hjälpa till i utredningen.

Samtidigt håller hans kollega An
May 14, 2011 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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