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Final Account (Inspector Banks #7)

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There's more than blood and bone beneath the skin ...

The victim, a nondescript "numbers cruncher," died horribly just yards away from his terrified wife and daughter, murdered by men who clearly enjoyed their work. The crime scene is one that could chill the blood of even the most seasoned police officer. But the strange revelations about an ordinary accountant's extraordi
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Published June 6th 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1994)
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This is the seventh in the Inspector Banks series though it could certainly be read as a standalone. However I am reading through them in order as I like to see how the characters develops. In this one Banks investigates the brutal killing of accountant Keith Rothwell. As well as the usual Yorkshire Dales setting much of the action takes place in Leeds The plotline is quite complicated and I needed to concentrate to follow it as nothing or nobody is what they seem to be. I find Banks a very like ...more
Keith Rothwell, a local accountant, is murdered in what looks like a contract killing of some sort. Banks is puzzled by the behaviour of his widow and teenage daughter and he feels something doesn't ring quite true about their reactions. As Banks and his team investigate Rothwell's private and business lives it soon becomes clear that what appears on the surface is definitely not what is going on underneath.

Once again Banks crosses swords with Burgess - his former colleague from the Met - who is
Lesley Thompson
Really enjoyed this because apart from being my favourite genre, crime/detection, it's set in the North of England. I've lived in the South for over 30 years now, but this book took me back. There is a difference, the scenery, the atmosphere, the ambience, the characters, all well drawn and understood. It keeps you involved with the 'cast', you care, right to the end, about them all.
Police procedurals especially from Great Britain are some of my favorite mysteries. I have read about Inspectors Lynley, Allyn, Thanet and now Allen Banks. His beat is the Yorkshire area of England. Final Account is my first book by Robinson and I do want to know more about his character and his cases.

Final Account starts off with a bang literally. Why would anyone want to kill a mild mannered accountant? What could this person be involved in that would create the mess that Banks is uncovering?

Paula Dembeck
This, the seventh book is another great addition to the series.
The story begins with a gruesome scene: a man has been shot execution style out in the barn on the property of his high end family home. The shooting was done at close range and there is little of his head left except some mangled bone and tissue. The headless corpse presents the CID with their first clue: this is not a burglary or a random killing. Nothing is missing from the house where the man’s wife and daughter were tied up wh
Another excellent entry in the Inspector Banks series. It has also been filmed for television in Britain and is available on DVD, quite well done. A puzzling execution-style murder of a seemingly quite boring accountant leads to unsettling revelations about his life. Definitely recommended, as is the whole series.
While this definitely has a slightly dated feel to it (particularly in the sense of what passes for salacious photography) and I'm not a huge fan of the ending, I appreciate what Robinson does here with Banks's evolution as a not-totally-together middle-aged copper.
A wonderfully absorbing book. Really enjoyed this one. The only thing I will say is that it didn't have a strong build to a climax. Everything kind of ticked along until the conclusion. Either way, it was an enjoyable read.
Tina Culbertson
Here we are again in the Yorkshire countryside with DCI Banks investigating another murder. The scene begins with Banks and fellow constable Susan Gay out in the cold wee early morning hours when bland and middle aged accountant Keith Rothwell is found murdered. Rothwell was kneeling, hands tied behind his back and shot in the head. His family discovered the gruesome scene and this where the investigation kicks off.

Rothwell was described as bland and conservative businessman. Nothing exciting ab
Keith Rothwell, a quiet and unassuming accountant, is found in his barn with his head almost shot off from a double barrel of a shotgun. His daughter tells the police that her parents had gone out for their anniversary dinner and two thugs had broken into the house and tied her up, tying her mother up when they came home, and her father taken into the barn. The shotgun wadding was found to be a strip of paper from an porn magazine. Jim Hatchley is brought back to Eastvale to help with the invest ...more
In this mystery, a plain old accountant is found executed on his estate in a gruesome manner with his head blown off, while his daughter and wife are bound in ropes in the house. There seems to be no reason for such a boring man to have been executed in such a manner, but as Alan Banks and his crew start to delve farther into his life, they find out that the man has been leading a double-life, hiding from not just his family, but also absconding money from a petty tyrant who rules a small island ...more
#7 in the Chief Inspector Alan Banks British police series set in the Yorkshire Dales. When mild-mannered, boring, middle-aged accountant Keith Rothwell is found shot to death point blank with a shotgun in his garage, Chief Inspector Banks is called out in the wee hours of the morning to investigate. It has all the earmarks of a mob execution, and when the team begins to dig into the man’s business affairs, they do find that he had a neat little money laundering business on the side. What they d ...more
Ah...another great Robinson mystery starring Alan Banks. These books certainly are like a security blanket to me. I can always count on falling into the plot and being lulled into a fine state of relaxation. This Banks mystery is just as strong and well written as Robinsons other books. And in this one Detective Chief Inspector Banks actually shocked me a time or two with both his thoughts and his actions. As Robinson’s series about Banks progresses the characters grow and develop, becoming more ...more
There are changes in Banks' team - Richmond is going to a special computer unit at Scotland Yard, Hatchley is back from his sojourn by the sea, Susan Gay is maturing on the job.

The team is brought in to investigate the execution style murder of a private accountant who seems an unlikely target. But there is something off about his family, and the man himself is not as simple as he seems at first. His attorney friend has also mysteriously disappeared. The complications bring Dirty Dick Burgess ba
Donna Mcnab
A man is found dead with his head shot off by a shot gun. Could it be Keith Rothwell, or perhaps Robert Calvert, or could they be the same man?
This is another engrossing mystery which takes place in Yorkshire and is investigated by DCI Alan Banks. Peter Robinson is an outstanding writer of English mysteries.
Unfortunately, I watched an episode of this story on our local PBS station, so I knew how the plot ended. The worst thing was that the character of Alan Banks I pictured in all the other books, (which doesn't match the author's description), kept changing! A minor annoyance.

I've enjoyed this series.
(Probably 3.5 stars) Accountant Keith Rothwell has been killed gangland style in the garage at his country farmhouse; his wife and daughter have been tied to chairs in the living room. Detective Chief Inspector Banks is in charge of the case which has some interesting twists and turns. Banks soon discovers that Rothwell was probably into money laundering; his family life wasn't as good as they tried to make out; and Rothwell was leading a second life under an assumed name; and the lawyer Rothwel ...more
This was a pretty good mystery, although I did guess what was going on with the storyline pretty early in the book, like within the first two chapters. But that did not stop me from wanting to read the entire book.

Peter Robinson's characters are so well drawn and so interesting that they feel almost real to me and I always want to know what happens to them, what makes them tick.

There is more information about Inspector Alan Banks' personal life in this book, he and Sandra I'm afraid are heading
Jackie Jones
Final Account

Very interesting story and so many characters to keep up with .I really loved the book and right down to the very last page I didn't know how it would end up.I thought Banks was going to let him go free with no prison time. Good book
Kathleen Hagen
Final Account, by Peter Robinson, b-plus, narrated by James Langton, produced by Tantor Media, downloaded from

This is another, I believe the sixth, in the Detective Inspector Allen Banks series. In this book Banks is called in to investigate a murder. A mother and daughter were tied up and held as hostages, while the father/husband is dragged out of the house and killed-his body left in the front yard. As Banks investigates the murder, he finds that this man, seemingly an unassuming
Cindy Barnett
Reader: James Langton did a good and clear reading. Nice plot, good cast, & easy reading. Didn't care much for the "so what" section, otherwise, a nice clean read.
I think Banks needs to go to AA meetings. Interviewing a suspect while drinking 3 beers? This is billed as "A novel of suspense" but there is nothing suspenseful about it - just a long drawn-out convoluted story.
February Four
So many clues and red herrings... I thought there'd be more talk of financial fraud, but this still made sense and was interesting to read.
(a.k.a. _Final Account_) Terribly slow pacing but too annoying in colorless detail to use as a sleep inducer
I had the plot line figured out from the beginning so reading the entire book was more about finishing the book rather than enjoying the story. I thoroughly enjoyed the previous books in this series and hope that future ones will not disappoint as this one did.
Jotam Magracia
astig talaga ng twists and turns ng novel na to! #somuchfeels :))
Ron Chicaferro
Yet another exceptional Inspector Banks story. But, like real life, this novel doesn't end leaving Inspector Banks and the reader comforted by the outcome. Its a strange case of dual identities, a dysfunctional family and how the antagonist makes some hard decisions.

Inspector Banks has to rely on an old nemesis to solve this crime. But as soon as he makes his bargin he knows he's made a mistake. You'll not be happy with the ending in this seventh Inspector Banks novel, but in these close to real
Drew Danko
This was my initial introduction to Peter Robinson's work, and I'm glad we met. I generally find English mystery writers to be more detailed in their narrative than American authors and this author is no exception. I learned more about money laundering, how it hurts when you head butt or knee someone in the mouth, and the culture around Leeds. It was also fun to see a reference to Hawes as I spent a night there. So all in all the detail was interesting, informative and not overly done.

The plot
One of the more convoluted of Robinson's Inspector Banks mysteries - at least in its solution. I like these mysteries since they often have a moral aspect where both Banks and the reader almost feel as sorry for the murderer as you do for the victim. In this case, the victim was not a great piece of work, but, though there is sympathy, the murderer isn't the greatest guy either. However, there are more red herrings for both Inspector Banks and the reader than you usually expect and it's not easy ...more
no at good as another book of his that i have read, rather disappointing, very slow going.
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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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