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Children of the Revolution (Inspector Banks #21)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  1,928 ratings  ·  325 reviews
A disgraced college lecturer is found murdered with 5,000 in his pocket on a disused railway line near his home. Since being dismissed from his job for sexual misconduct four years previously, he has been living a poverty-stricken and hermit-like existence in this isolated spot.

The suspects range from several individuals at the college where he used to teach to a woman who
Hardcover, 389 pages
Published August 15th 2013 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published August 1st 2013)
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Christina McLain
I always really liked Peter Robinson and his Yorkshire mysteries but I have been noticing an really annoying pattern in his later books. In every mystery of late there is a young beautiful woman who falls for the main character,the intrepid Inspector Alan Banks, who I suspect is the alter ego of the author. Now Banks, except for his irritatingly encyclopedic knowledge of music both classical and modern, is supposed to be a fairly unexceptional man of late middle age and yet all of these amazing ...more
Harold Osbourne
I have read and enjoyed most of the Banks series, especially In a Dry Season and the several that followed it. At best they are both compelling as mysteries and satisfying as studies of character and place. But this one is the third in a row that made me wonder if the author is under too much pressure to produce a book a year; much of it felt hasty and flat, with Banks and his colleagues rushing from one circuitous conversation with a suspect to another, meanwhile not generating much forward mom ...more
Mary Thomas
I have always enjoyed Peter Robinsons books but the last three or four I have become increasingly distracted by the "product placement" which I find very irritating. I am beginning to wonder if he is being paid by certain companies to mention their products. For example the conversation that Banks has with the computer guy Liam who suddenly asks "do you happen to be a connoisseur of fine champagne" Then goes on to name a particular champagne that he could source for Banks. It was so disjointed a ...more
I found this book to be a nice, entertaining piece of easy reading made especially enjoyable for me because of its setting in Yorkshire, England. Many years ago I lived in Headingley and studied at Leeds University so I knew exactly where Inspector Banks was when he parked in the Merrion Centre and set off down the Headrow towards Westgate. The story was good, the characters interesting and the ending neatly tied up all loose ends. I wish the author had not fallen into the old story line of midd ...more
☔Diane S.
I have read this series from the very beginning and usually I love the cases Banks and his team need to solve. In this one, however, I just could not engage with the case of the disgraced schoolteacher, maybe I was not in the mood for this slow f an unraveling.

I do, hooweve3r, love the character of Inspector Banks, his love of the Grateful Dead and his need for solitude. That I can identify with, not The Dead but the solitude part. Well on to waiting for the next outing of Banks and team.
I really enjoyed the earlier novels in this series but either Robinson's writing is becoming more lazy and formulaic or I'm getting more picky.

The almost constant references to British brand names etc. is irritating: Spar, Silk Cut, Radio Two, Marks and Spencer, Downton Abbey, Ford Focus, Greggs etc. etc. I can't believe that it is mainly product placement in the hope that the manufacturers will send him supplies of the items mentioned but rather a misguided effort to add local colour. The refer
Mike Gabor
Another solid, well written police procedural by one of my favorite authors. Robinson has Banks trying to track down the murderer of disgraced college professor Gavin Miller. When the trail leads to Lady Veronica Chalmers, who knew Miller during the 1970's Banks questions her. Soonafter Banks is told by his superiors thet Lady Chalmers in off-limits and not to be bothered by him anymore. Banks in turn must figure out a way to solve this murder and yet not directly defy his bosses.

As usual the au
I have read and greatly enjoyed most of the Inspector Banks novels, however I had difficulty becoming engaged with this one. It seemed somewhat flat, and I'm not sure that it was just me going through the motions of reading it, but a bit of the author going through the motions of writing it. Some of the characters and situations seemed a bit typical for a mass market novel, something that Peter Robinson usually avoids. Still enjoyable, but for me, not as engaging and authentic feeling as his pre ...more
There's a certain amount of ambivalence for me when I am reading the latest book by an author I especially enjoy. In the case of a crime novel such as this one, I want to find out how the crime was resolved. (No, it's not something simple like "who done it!") In this latest novel, Banks and his team are investigating the death of a former college teacher who lost his job because of sexual misconduct. At first they are not sure if he just didn't fall. Soon, though, it appears that there is a lot ...more
Sep 02, 2013 Rune rated it 5 of 5 stars
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My old friend Alan Banks is back, and Peter Robinson finally shakes his life up a bit.
What I love about Mr. Banks is how regular he is. Peter Robinson has created one of the best characters in crime-fiction, and where all other main characters regularly have their lives turned up-side-down in every book, Banks is a normal guy with everyday problems. He is totaly and utterly believable, and a person you want to follow to find out what happens with him. After over 10 years of reading of Mr. Banks,
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Sam is enjoying the new DCI Banks thriller by Peter Robinson. It's always a pleasure to follow Banks's adventures, which are consistently finely plotted and hard to put down. It's not just the convincing characters and well-drawn Yorkshire setting that makes the books so readable, but also the easy way that Robinson keeps the novels contemporary, tracing changes in British society, police forces, and technology through all of the DCI Banks novels since 'Gallows View'.

We're particularly looking f
Having read all Peter Robinson's books in this exceptional series, I was rather disappointed with this one. DCI Banks and his team work to solve a possible murder with political and class overtones in Peter Robinson's always hauntingly drawn Yorkshire Dales. His recurring characters and musical preferences were on target but lengthy interviews with suspects slowed the pace to a point where I had to work to finish it. Like one of DCI Banks good red wines, it has a satisfying finish but in my humb ...more
Maine Colonial
Peter Robinson is a master of the police procedural, and he wastes no time getting started here. DI Alan Banks arrives on the crime scene, a deserted railway viaduct, where the crime scene personnel show him the corpse of a scruffy man, cause of death probably a push off the bridge over the disused track. But why does this man, who looks like a vagrant, have 5,000 in crisp notes in his pocket?

Banks feels strangely drawn to the case after he visits victim's nearby tiny cottage, with its sparse fu
I loved it!

The only fault I can find is that whodunnit (and why) became totally obvious shortly before Robinson started to reveal it (slowly). Still, it was a very good story -- a true mystery, unlike his last two.

The multi-layered and difficult decision making that Banks must do at the end is superb. Whether or not he made the "right" decision isn't important. It's the way he thought it through that is so admirable.
Ruth Hill
When it comes to British mysteries, I am quite warm-hearted towards old-fashioned inspector novels that are complex, clever, and gripping. This book is indeed all of that and more. The more I read, the more I couldn't put the novel down. I found myself puzzling over the mysterious details and marveling at how many people in this world refuse to tell the truth. There were no bedroom scenes, and while there were plentiful uses of profanity, I was not overly offended. None of this took away from th ...more
Luanne Ollivier
I don't even bother looking at the flyleaf on Peter Robinson's books. I just know I'm in for a good read with whatever case he's cooked up for Inspector Alan Banks. Children of the Revolution is the latest (21st) entry in this favourite series.

Was it an accident? When the body of a recluse, once a professor at local Eastvale College, is found at the bottom of a ravine in an area difficult to access, it looks like it may be. Perhaps a sucicide.It is only when they the local constable finds an en
I can’t quite believe that it has been three years since I last read a DCI Banks novel – Bad Boy – where does the time go? Children of the Revolution, the latest in the Banks series, allows me to reacquaint myself with the enigmatic Yorkshire based Detective Chief Inspector who, I discover, is pondering promotion, retirement and life away from the frontline and causing his superiors headaches. At least that’s what they hope by dangling the carrot.

The book moves along at a quick pace and we follo
Peter Robinson's latest is, to me, a testament to the author's ego. Inspector Alan banks is an aging twit who drones on and on about music, drinks too much, and yet manages to attract women young enough to be his daughters. How does this happen? I would lock myself in the bathroom if I met this man at a house party. I found the book to be overwritten (Are you hearing this, book editors?), cliche-ridden, with a boringly predictable plot. Really ewwww ending, too. See ya, Peter Robinson.
A woman walking her dog finds the body of a man on a disused rail track. He's identified as Gavin Miller, a man of solitude and behind on his mortgage. However, five thousand pounds was located on his body.

Det. Chief Inspector Alan Banks and his team investigate. They learn that Miller had resigned in disgrace from the school he taught at. This happened four years ago. they also find that Miller went to a college that was a hotbed for protests and political controversy forty years ago.

The invest
R J Mckay
I received this book from the Goodreads First Read program.

“Children of the Revolution” keeps the reader turning the pages as we followed Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and his associates track down the killer of disgraced college lecturer Gavin Miller. And the only way to find the killer is to start at the beginning, forty years ago when young Miller was a college student. The only link to those by-gone times and the present is a fellow college student named Ronnie, who is now Lady Veroni
An Inspector Banks detective story, the most recent of many. Inspector Banks works and lives in Yorkshire, England. Characters are well developed and there are many suspects in the murder of a college teacher who was unjustly fired more than 4 years before. What makes the book so lovely is Banks' relationship with others and his calm way of dealing with everything. The many references to classic rock and rollers and jazz musicians of the 60s and 70s makes this mystery novel more attractive to ol ...more
Debbie Maskus
I am really enjoying audiobooks, since I can knit as I listen. This story by Peter Robinson brings back memories of the 1970's, of course, I was not a flower child or hippie. Robinson incorporates music into every story and his choices remain eclectic. This story centers on the death of a ravaged and downtrodden professor, and the various people within his circle. Robinson paints a descriptive setting, along with vivid characters. The ending sends a lesson that sometimes the whole truth hurts mo ...more
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There is nothing I like better than a sit in the sun with an Alan Banks mystery. This mystery finds a college lecturer found dead in mysterious circumstances with two interesting sub plots developed from this. The story was exciting with excellent believable characters and an exciting mystery with the usual compelling conclusion. Peter Robinson is a master at revealing the plot slowly through the characters and the reader becomes the amateur sleuth. The Yorkshire setting excellently described is ...more
my first peter robinson mystery, he has won lots of awards and this is a long going series with a murder investigator in yorkshire. one can jump in at any time though with these books. the character is obsessed with music and is a recurring theme, classical, jazz, rock (not new rock though, not sure why a person would love electric good music and not dig arctic monkeys say, or parquet courts etc) .
the revolution in title is the 60s-70's idea that capitalism is corrupt and oppressive, based on wa
The latest in the Alan Banks series is a short book (less than 300 pages). Banks is investigating the death of an emaciated man who fell (or was pushed) from a bridge 50 feet over an old train track. Although he was almost indigent, he had 5000 pounds in his pocket when the body was found. Banks and his team investigate the man's background (he had been a teacher at a couple of colleges) and his recent return to his memories of life in the early 1970s, when he had been a student at Essex Univers ...more
Lovely book! I don't care how repetitive his books might be, I am addicted to them. I swallow every word, every description of food Banks eats, type of tea they drink with suspects and the colour of the cars they drive. The dialogues are delicious. The detective is charming. I almost don't care about the mystery- this time not particularly interesting. I could read those books forever. Usually I do that when my son is sleeping, the lights are dimmed and the autumn wind is howling outside. That w ...more
Kate Baxter
Author, Peter Robinson, does an excellent job of laying out the case and describing in great detail police investigative procedure - well done as well as unothodox. In my opinion, the suspects were well profiled and developed but I would have enjoyed reading more details regarding the personal depth of the investigative team and their personal interaction. No doubt I should read the earlier books in the series and all will be made more clear. One thing that struck me in this police procedural wa ...more
This is the first book in this series that I've read and it wasn't what I expected of a successful mystery writer.

The story seemed to go round and round with long, drawn out dialogue that went nowhere except to increase the number of pages being written.

I was disappointed in the writing although the mystery was good. I won't try any other books in this series. This book was just too humdrum for my taste. I did finish it, but only because I had nothing else on hand to read.
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
Banks is an investigator in Yorkshire and is debating about retiring and saying goodbye to the police force. An intriguing case gets him excited about his job as a former college professor is not only found dead but in an interesting spot that complicates the murder mystery.

Another mystery that took place in England and felt very similar to ones that I have recently read and just moved way too slow for me. Because the flow wasn't there the ending wasn't as satisfying, so I may have to think twi
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Peter Robinson was born in Yorkshire. After getting his BA Honours Degree in English Literature at the University of Leeds, he came to Canada and took his MA in English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor, with Joyce Carol Oates as his tutor, then a PhD in En
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