All the Colors of Darkness (Inspector Banks #18)
The body hanging from a tree in a peaceful wood appears to Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot to be a suicide. Further investigation into the sad demise of Mark Hardcastle, the set designer for the local amateur theater company, leads to the corpse of Mark's older, wealthier lover, brutally bludgeoned to...more
Banks is called back from his holiday to help deal with...more
The plot isn't exactly brilliant, but the biggest problem is the dire writing style. It's wooden and it distracts you from what plot and characterisation the book does have. The book is 500 pages long and could easily, very easily, be a lot shorter and a lot better. I will say now that I could h...more
In a switch from the henning mankell novel recenyly read, we have a mystery here which is not resolved until the end. We follow banks as he progresses through the investigation.
And the crime.... a nice clever play on Othello, as a local gay couple are found - one dead, one suicide. He theories of the investigation are that this has been caused by a third party spreading rumours and inne...more
Peter Robinson's latest entry in the Alan Banks police procedural series is a rather dark one. Banks's investigation of what at first seems a simple murder-suicide involves him with Britain's security services, of whose actions Robinson doesn't have a very high opinion. He mentions a couple of books that Banks reads for background and it's safe to assume Robinson has read them too. All is grist to Banks's mill, even going to a Shakespeare production helps him rea...more
Peter Robinson rarely strikes a false note in his fiction, and All the Colors of Darkness, which draws on elements of espionage and Cold War treachery, is another solid installment in the Inspector Alan Banks series. Banks has become one of the most recognizable figures in a growing stable of gritty British crime solvers (Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus comes to mind). Critics are divided as to whether Robinson's latest effort is his best, but they are unanimous in praising the author's continued s...more
All the Colours of Darkness is an average detective/mystery novel. I like the espionage twist, the writing is not too bad (but can be very rudimentary and bland for pages and pages), however one rather annoying thing was the constant description of the music that Inspector Banks listens to... lists of singers and bands, paragraphs describing certain albums.. it gets very boring and repetitive after the first few mentions. I don't care if he likes Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky, or thinks tha...more
Dear Mr. Robinson...I need your books...please write faster! And while I fully understand that your newly published book "Gardening with Rock & Water: A Practical Guide to Design, Plants and Features with Over 80...more
When abruptly pulled away from a mini vacation to head up the investigation of what initially appears to be a straightforward murder-suicide case, Chief Inspector Alan Banks is frustrated. Though most would have taken the path of least resistance and marked the file closed, Banks excels under pressure and with his team continues searching for the cause behind...more
It's odd, isn't it, that...more
Simple lover's quarrel? Murder - suicide?
As usual with Robinson, nothing is quite what it seems. This work follows his excellent "Friend of the Devil" and continues in the series with Chief Inspector Alan Banks and DI Annie Cabbot.
It turns out that Sil...more
One of the most attractive things about a book like this is its...more
When the body of a man is discovered hanging from a tree in the woods near Eastvale, all signs point toward suicide. At least that's what it initially looks like to Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot.
The man is soon identified as Mark Hardcastle, the set and costume designer for the local amateur theater company. Mark was successful and well liked in the community, but enough remains mysterious about his background that suicide isn't completely out of the ques...more
We get the usual gambit - dedicated copper keeps on the case even after being told to desist by his superiors and risks his career doing so. Robinson is too skilled to fall to the worst clichés of this scenario but th...more
Robinson's take on the world via Banks is moody and gritty. I don't know anyone like that, but I'm prepared to aaccept they exist. Police are in a totally different zone from all the rest of us...more
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...more