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Dead Right (Inspector Banks #9)

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The broken body of Jason Fox has been found in a dirty alleyway. At first it looks like a typical after-hours pub fight gone wrong. But Inspector Alan Banks soon realizes that the truth is rarely so straightforward . . .

Jason was a member of the Albion League, a white power organization. And there are many people who might have wished him dead: the Pakistani youths he ha

Hardcover, 369 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1997)
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Feb 14, 2016 Lawyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Admirers of realistic police procedurals
Inspector Banks Among the English for England

Although written back in 1997, years before the plight faced by Syria's refugees, author Peter Robinson penned a novel concerning national pride cloaked in vicious racism and intolerance. James Flood is found beaten to death in Banks' never peaceful Eastvale.

After the battered corpse is identified by Forensics, young members of Eastvale's Pakastani residents are prime suspects. Flood had a run in with George Mahmood at a local pub. He didn't take kind
Ivonne Rovira
Feb 13, 2016 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every mystery lover
With the introduction of neo-Nazi sympathizers, Blood at the Root, the ninth installment in the Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks series, takes a particularly dark turn. And I could not — please forgive the cliché! — put this riveting novel down! I devoured it in two days’ time.

Jason Fox gets himself stomped to death in an alley after leaving a pub at closing time. When the Eastvale police discover that young Fox was a lieutenant in the neo-Nazi Albion League, things get complicated enough. B
Dec 23, 2014 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 20, 2010 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alison C
Apr 25, 2016 Alison C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the badly beaten body of a young man is found in an alley late one Saturday night, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks not surprisingly assumes that it was the result of a drunken pub fight gone too far, but very soon he discovers that it is far more complicated than that. The victim was a known racist who had had a run-in with some Pakistani youngsters earlier that very same night, but even bringing those youths in for questioning is a delicate matter. And then there’s the question of the ...more
Paula Dembeck
Dec 24, 2014 Paula Dembeck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 11, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was very pleased to find this book at a charity sale. It completes my Banks collection! Anyway, I did enjoy this book. It wasn't as complicated or long as some of the others but that's ok. It involves a seemingly simple case involving a youth getting beaten up in an alleyway and ends up being more complicated. A Racist group is involved. The personal stuff with Banks is very interesting in this book as well. Things come to a head in their marriage and Sandra (his wife) moves out to her parents. ...more
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
Dec 05, 2012 Shaun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best I've read so far from Peter Robinson. A tale of racism and right wing pressure groups. Well worth a read
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
Feb 14, 2013 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 18, 2012 Karen Brooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Blood at the Root, by Peter Robinson, b-plus, narrated by James Langton, produced by Tantor Media, downloaded from

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
Jul 16, 2015 Surreysmum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canlit, mystery, 2003
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Apr 05, 2013 Merryn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 01, 2009 Spuddie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#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
Mar 28, 2012 Brian Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Pam Bales
Jan 22, 2016 Pam Bales rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, police
This is number 9 in the series. It is also known as Dead Right so don't let that confuse you. This one has racism rearing its head and causes problems for at least person close to Alan's heart. If you like British police procedurals, give this series a try. Start with number one - Gallows View and follow the life of Alan Banks, his family and friends as he helps to solve crimes in the Yorkshire Dales.
Agnes Ross
Jul 16, 2015 Agnes Ross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This particular novel in the series of British Chief Inspector Alan Banks looks at racial relations between Pakistanis and native English. Although many of the Pakistani are born in England they are still seen as immigrants. It is interesting to read of a Pakistani being spoken of as "colored" for me as an black American, when I think most of my race would consider them white.
Jan 28, 2016 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pbt-baseball
Detective Inspector Alan Banks is the lead investigator in the murder of Jason Fox. Jason is found murdered in an alley having had his head stomped in. The detectives soon learn that Jason is a white supremacist and his murder may have to do with an altercation he had with three Muslim men at a pub. This is the ninth book in a series and i haven't read any other books in the series. There is obviously some continual character development from the previous books. I liked the characters enough tha ...more
Mar 25, 2015 Sally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 07, 2015 Lara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I enjoyed this perhaps not so much for the detective aspect - a neo-Nazi is murdered, but for the seemless and unobtrusive writing. Inspector Banks has to solve the crime whilst suffering marriage difficulties and contending with a superior officer who dislikes him. Flawed but sympathetic and believable character.
Aug 08, 2015 Maggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DCI Banks is back in a more compelling and hard hitting crime. He becomes involved in the world of gangs , drug dealing and a nazi right wing group. Issues of racism and prejudice interwoven within the plot. Banks is also having personal issues with a split from his wife and suspension for hitting a senior officer. A good read with a satisfying ending- highly recommended !
Dan Petrosini
Aug 07, 2014 Dan Petrosini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 11, 2014 Michelle Douglas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 05, 2014 February Four rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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