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The Summer That Never Was (Inspector Banks #13)

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While recuperating from the events of Aftermath on a Greek island, Inspector Alan Banks reads that the bones of his childhood friend, Graham Marshall, have been dug up in a field not far away from the road where he disappeared more than thirty-five years earlier.

Intrigued by the discovery, and still consumed with guilt because of a related incident he failed to report at t
Published September 1st 2003 by Pan MacMillan (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
Jan 16, 2016 Eadie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 12, 2013 Simon rated it really liked it
This is was a really good edition to the series. The story just sucked me in and didn't let go.
Aug 16, 2014 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
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
Dec 30, 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
Robyn Smith
Nov 14, 2014 Robyn Smith rated it liked it
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
Elizabeth Elwood
Mar 21, 2016 Elizabeth Elwood rated it really liked it
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
Jan 17, 2013 Kate rated it it was ok
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 10, 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.
May 14, 2016 AV AV rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Onvoltooide zomer volgen we dus drie inspecteurs van heel dichtbij in twee volledig afzonderlijke verhaallijnen. Banks is de noodzakelijke schakel tussen de verhalen, waarin je als lezer heen en weer stuitert tussen alle mogelijkheden en mogelijke daders. Het boek boeit vanaf het begin en laat je eigenlijk niet meer los. Het snelle schakelen tussen de verhaallijnen is fenomenaal, Annie die het nodige te verduren heeft tijdens haar onderzoek en nog steeds kampt met de nasleep van haar kortston ...more
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
Kim Kimselius
Dec 25, 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
Jul 14, 2015 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story, but I became aware of the several clichés on each page and they became a serious irritant, as did the plot which went on and on as though the author couldn't end the story but just kept creating new scenes, as did the two female police officers who had different appearances but otherwise were difficult to tell apart on the page, as did the parallel plots which blended into each other, as did the deus ex machina improbability of solving a 30-year-old crime because the victim's ...more
Feb 16, 2014 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Pam Bales
Jan 22, 2016 Pam Bales rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Number 13 in the DCI Banks British police procedural series. It answers a puzzle that has shadowed Banks life since the middle sixties when one of his "mates" goes missing from his paper route. Now, decades later, the boy's bone turn up on a construction site and the search for the killer is on. Another incident form his childhood which he and his other pals never revealed finally comes to light. This adds to the layers of the life of Alan Banks and if you are a fan of police procedurals ...more
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 homeis the identity of the victim, 14 year old Graham Marshall , Banks childhood friend. It was mentioned in pre
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
Dec 17, 2012 Ian Mapp rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
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Mar 22, 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
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
Karen Brooks
Aug 11, 2013 Karen Brooks rated it really liked it
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
Aug 30, 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
Susan Hulstine
Jan 10, 2013 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
May 15, 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
Timothy Diem
This episode in the Inspector Banks series was the first to let my mind wander. While the final pieces of the puzzle did not come together until the end, parts of it were screaming, "I'm involved in the murder" from the onset. Long winded feel this time with Robinson seeming to be more interested in telling every detail of every sex scene, pornographic element, and the like than he was in spinning a good mystery. I've journeyed too far with Banks to turn back now and will continue onward in the ...more
Jun 11, 2011 Marisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 19, 2016 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-crime
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
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