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All the Colors of Darkness (Inspector Banks #18)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  2,466 ratings  ·  197 reviews
In a world of terror and uncertainty, what does one small death matter?

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
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Harper (first published January 1st 2008)
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James Thane
DCI Alan Banks is on holiday in London, frolicking (or hoping to) with the new love of his life, when his colleague, DI Annie Cabbot is called to the scene of an apparent suicide. Mark Hardcastle, set designer for a local theater group, is found hanging from a tree in the woods outside Eastvale. Things get more complicated when Hardcastle's lover, Laurence Silbert, is found savagely beaten to death in the luxurious home that the two shared.

Banks is called back from his holiday to help deal with...more
Rose
Eh, I read most of this while I was stuck in the hospital for hours before they could take me home. I don't recommend it, even though I have enjoyed some of the previous Inspector Banks stories (I think).

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
E
Such a relief to read a mystery that does not involve a serial killer. Perhaps because the author is British? Seems like so many U.S. detective fiction writers (well, at least the non-cozy ones) these days are mired in either serial killers (every damn book, for pete's sake) or in ghastly, gruesome, detailed depictions of massacred and brutalized victims (not mutually exclusive, of course). Are American readers really this blood-thirsty? Is it impossible to sell a murder mystery without this obs...more
Glenda
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Ian Mapp
I really enjoyed this one - and looking at amamzon.co.uk reviews, it would appear as though i was the only one!

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
Kathleen
I haven't been this disappointed in a book in a long while. I have always enjoyed Robinson's Inspector Banks series but this one made me wonder why I ever liked or sympathized w/ the hero. I got tired of hearing what music he was listening to and even more weary of the spy thriller plot Finished as fast as possible just so I could list it on Amazon used.
Thomas Strömquist
Did not care for number 18 in the Banks series. The apparent murder/suicide of a gay couple looks kind of straightforward, but Banks has a "Othello"-based suspicion; that someone prompted the jealousy that brought the horrible chain of events on. He manages to bring Annie Cabott along on a futile private investigation. This treads water for a large part of the book and the only distraction lies in that the murder victim was a retired(?) employee of MI6, and the shady people of secret services ta...more
Nikki
WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILER AHEAD.
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
Bookmarks Magazine

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

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Marsha
A rather disappointing book. In his investigation into a murder/suicide of a high profile gay couple, Inspector Banks philosophizes about music, literature, the performing arts and intimate relationships in general. Theorizing that the crime may be driven by jealousies explored in Shakespeare's "Othello", he uncovers a list of suspects and government officials who would prefer he just go away. Tenacious as always, Banks cannot let it go. Additionally he is in the beginning stages of a possible r...more
Judy
Peter Robinson is one of my favorite authors and this book--number 18 in the Alan Banks series--did not disappoint. At times I was unsure if it was a traditional English mystery or a spy thriller. The plot didn't reflect well on M15 and M16 and the ending held out the promise that there would be repercussions in future volumes. I look forward to them.
Victoria Moore
Peter Robinson's "All The Colors Of Darkness" is a fully developed "novel of suspense" featuring Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks that parallels William Shakespeare's play "Othello." Based in England, Robinson makes the story richer and more enjoyable by describing the interiors of his character's residences and the parts of England they travel and work in. Preoccupied by a complicated personal past, Banks comes across as a well-read, love-struck, music aficionado with an ability to persist...more
säm
Hi :D.

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
Kaustubh
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Nancy
I will continue to read the Banks mysteries but this one was different and I have mixed feelings. It begins with what turns out to be a murder-suicide, which is high profile enough that it pulls Banks away from a holiday. However, has he gets in to the motivation for the crimes, he gets mixed up with M16, the Brit equivalent of the CIA. There's a lot going on here - not-so-subtle warnings to back out of any more investigating, hints that loved ones are being watched, statements that one should j...more
Jim
I think Robinson is up there with Rankin/Connelly
what do others think?

a really good read and interesting in being so close to real life and how things sometimes work
Monica
Inspector Alan Banks #18...and do I ever love this character, this series. Anyone reading my reviews of previous books in the series will know that I am savouring each one...I now have only three left to read and then I'm caught up. So, I will say once more what I have said before...

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
Helen
I was given this by a friend because we share a love for British mysteries, but while it's well written and a complex mystery, I didn't like it enough to want to read any more DCI Banks books. In part I didn't connect with the characters. They are individual and three-dimensional, true, but they didn't engage me at the level required to make me a series fan. In addition, (SPOILER ALERT) this book failed me at the genre level. Readers of mysteries typically read these books for a sense of justice...more
Sue
"All the Colours Of Darkness", an Inspector Banks Novel by Peter Robinson.I couldn't put this book down today. This thriller was amazing.

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
Suspense Magazine
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 frustration is palpable. 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 this senseless tragedy. Working without authorization or the support of his superiors, his hunt for understanding places everyon...more
Tim
I'm adding this book now even though I read it a few years ago--one of Robinson's Inspector Banks novels--because I happened to buy it on remainder, not realizing I'd read it (the opening scene is grisly enough that I realized I'd read it instantly: a man is found hanging from a tree). Robinson is a Brit, now living in Canada, and his main interest is poetry, but he has a hit series with the Banks novels (not unlike Stephen Dobyns, a great poet and a good mystery writer).

It's odd, isn't it, that...more
Michael
Mar 18, 2013 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans, British mystery fans
The story opens with a number of school children finding Mark Hardcastle's body. He had been hung. When police attempt to notify his lover, Laurence Silbert, they find him beaten to death with a baseball bat, with Hardcastle's prints on the bat.

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
Cornelis Broekhof
This is the first book I have read of the Inspector Banks series. I didn’t like it as much as Caedmon’s Song (also by Robinson, but without Banks), but it is an enjoyable book, with a great deal of suspense and a very ingenious plot. Crime authors often like to show off their erudition, quoting Shakespeare, Milton, T.S. Eliot and the like every other page, but in this case the play Othello is actually a functional part of the plot.

One of the most attractive things about a book like this is its...more
rabbitprincess
Apr 15, 2011 rabbitprincess rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Banks fans
Shelves: bibliotheque, 2011
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Jessica
There is always something to like about Peter Robinson's police procedurals featuring Alan Banks and Annie Cabot and set in Eastvale, England. This installment finds Banks on holiday in London with his younger girlfriend, Sophia, and Annie working the apparent murder-suicide of a local set designer and his lover, who had been an MI6 agent. But Annie and Banks are not sure the case should be closed so easily, and they come to suspect that, Iago-like, someone has planted suspicions of jealousy in...more
Diane
Poor Alan Banks. Peter Robinson, the author of this detective series set in Yorkshire, leads Banks into more and more untenable positions in All the Colours of Darkness, a line from Shakespeare's Othello. This time, in a plot underscored by the action in Othello, Banks ignores warnings to stay away from looks to be a simple murder-suicide growing out of a lover's quarrel. And as is always the case, his striking out on his own gets him into more trouble than he ever bargained for.

Robinson always...more
Eunira
Peter Robinson gets to me everytime!

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
Barry
A bit of Christmas generosity - this should probably be a 3 star review. But I still like Robinson, even when he's not at his best. It's still a very good effort, as he integrates the theme of various kinds of jealousy well. He alludes to Othello, without forcing the issue too much.

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
Mrsgaskell
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Dinah
I passed along book to Jen. I actually bought it in a shop in Anacortes last summer. I usually get my fiction from local Mount Vernon library, or now that I've got Kindle, download. I've been working my way through the Scandanavians. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo et al in that series. And boy are they great!

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
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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...more
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“Banks felt more alone and further away for having just talked to Sophia than he had before her call. But it was always like that - the telephone might bring you together for a few moments, but there's nothing like it for emphasising distance.” 4 likes
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