Drijfzand (Inspector Banks, #15)
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Drijfzand (Inspector Banks #15)

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In dit deel van de in Yorkshire spelende serie over inspecteur Alan Banks komt de misdaad dicht bij huis. Banks vindt op zijn antwoordapparaat een verontrustend telefoontje van zijn broer Roy uit Londen, het rijke, zwarte schaap van de familie. Roy is onbereikbaar en ongerust reist Banks af naar Londen. Ondertussen ontdekt inspecteur Annie Cabbot, collega en ex-vriendin va...more
375 pages
Published 2005 by Bruna Uitgevers, a.W. (first published December 1st 2004)
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Linda
As if life hasn't thrown him enough curveballs lately, Banks' holiday is interrupted by a mysterious phone message from his estranged brother Roy, who, as they say "turns up missing." Banks being Banks, he places his depression firmly on the back burner and sets out to discover what's going on in the life of his wheeler-dealer sibling. Chapter by chapter, this investigations becomes more and more complex, as several seemingly unrelated events and crimes prove to be very much related indeed. Alon...more
Cindi
I'm a fan of Peter Robinson's mysteries featuring DCI Alan Banks, but haven't read one for a while. When I became disenchanted with the last book I read and abandoned it, I went in search of the next novel in this series.

In this book, Banks is on holiday and relaxing at home - a temporary rental flat while his cottage, burned in a fire in the last book, is being rebuilt. Banks receives a phone message from his estranged brother, who lives in London, asking for help in a life or death matter. As...more
Maddy
RATING: 4.25
PROTAGONIST: Alan Banks
SETTING: UK
SUMMARY: After the fire which destroyed his home (Playing with Fire), Alan Banks has sunk into a depression. When he receives a distraught message from his brother, Roy, he has to find out what is happening. When he arrives at Roy's home in London, he finds him missing. At the same time, a young woman has been murdered, execution style, on a remote Yorkshire road. She has Alan's name and address on a paper in her back pocket. The two events are not u...more
Monica
This is the 15th book in the Inspector Banks series and all I can say is that Peter Robinson gets better with every book I read. I love the complexity of the characters. Robinson is not one to create returning characters who lead lives that are all wonderful and perfect. He allows his characters to learn from the hard events that touch their lives. In this book Inspector Alan Banks is forced to face a tragedy that happened to him in the previous book as well as face another personal tragedy that...more
Jessica
I feel like Banks is a bit slow to put the pieces together here, but Robinson does a nice job of handling the fallout from the prior case, particular in the emotion element of how Banks handles it and the impact on his relationship with Annie Cabot.
Kat
Well, Robinson has yet to disappoint me. This is no exception. Had me hooked from beginning to end.
Stephen Hayes
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Monica
Banks is recovering from his injuries in the fire that destroyed his cottage and nearly killed him. He's still at loose ends, a bit depressed, when he gets an urgent message from his younger brother Roy. They have never been close. Roy is the parents favorite, a successful entrepreneur with a flashy life style and a habit of playing things right to the edge of what is legal. Their parents hold him up as an example of what Banks could have become, if only he had not joined the police force. After...more
Kevin Allmaras
Another in the Alan Banks series. Alan Banks recovers from his home being burned down and his life being simultaneously put in danger and saved by his ex-girlfriend and partner on the police force. Annie Cabot his ex girlfriend is trying to figure out how to get Alan back into the fold. While Banks is on leave he gets a call from his younger brother Roy on his machine. The message is one of concern for Banks since he and his brother are mostly estranged. The message also implies that Roy is in d...more
Margaret
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks receives an urgent phone call from his brother asking for his help. He has never been close to his brother Roy, but alarmed by the message on his answerphone he sets off from the Yorkshire Dales for London to see exactly what the problem is. But on his arrival he finds his brother� s house empty and no-one knows where he is.[return][return]Meanwhile back in Yorkshire DI Annie Cabbott is investigating the death of a young woman found in her car. She had Banks�...more
Tim Swift
Robinsons books sometimes involve a lot of personal detail which can make the pace seem slow at times - but he can vary this effectively when he wants to. Within the first chapter, he has set out the main themes of the mystery. A young woman running scared as she drives north on the M1, fearful of being followed. A call out of the blue from his distanced brother, Roy, asking Banks to comment him urgently. The body of a young woman found stopped and shot in a car in a quiet country road in the Yo...more
Stuart
DCI Banks is depressed, and with good reason. His house has been burnt down, and he lost all his possessions and nearly his life. He has no relationships to speak of; and he's on leave from work. So it's appropriate that his long-estranged brother calls him and asks for help. Banks hies to London, where his brother Roy has now disappeared. Meanwhile, back in Yorkshire, a woman is found murdered with Banks' old address in her pocket. What's the connection to Banks? (and which Banks?)
a well-put-to...more
Spuddie
#15 DCI Alan Banks police procedural set in Yorkshire, UK. Banks, still recovering from the devastating fire at his cottage that almost cost him his life, is on holiday and wondering what to do with his time when he receives a couple of cryptic voicemails from his brother Roy, a wheeling-and-dealing financier in London. Alan and his younger brother are not close and never have been, and they rarely speak on the phone unless there's a problem, so the message--which sounds almost desperate though...more
K
well written, slowly paced mystery involving a detective in England. I enjoyed the style--reminiscent of Larson (dragon tattoo) writer. I liked the scenery and English "stuff" in the book, like I was visiting. I also liked that even though this is #15, I did not feel left out or missing. I am sure I could learn a lot more about the characters in the other books.
I imagined something with women was going on, but Gareth's twist was unexpected, but great.
Enjoyable
Bookmarks Magazine

Banks will ferret out the truth, no matter what rules he breaks. In this British police procedural, Robinson offers up a gritty plot with some introspective ruminations on self-identity and personal relationships. As Banks ("not your everyday quaffing plonk") evaluates his relationship with his high-living, shady brother, he examines his own vulnerabilities-heightened, of course, by his nasty divorce and near-death experience in the aforementioned fire. Robinson fleshes out compelling characters

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Bob Fowler
A good book, but maybe I have read too many by Peter Robinson because it did not have the same kick as previous ones. This one starts well - a woman is followed along the M1 motorway late one night and found the next day murdered. When the police arrive to inspect the body, they find she is carrying a note with Inspector Banks' address. Meanwhile, Banks is on leave but gets a phone call from his brother in London, asking to see him urgently. Banks travels to London but his brother is missing. Wh...more
Jina Howell-Forbes
This is a typical DCI Alan Banks mystery. Not much else to say. If you are reading the series, you know the characters, and if you haven't read the series, than you definitely should not begin with book #15.

This book involved Alan's brother and parents more than before, and I liked learning about them. He and Annie Cavot also cleared up some of their on-going issues with each other.

In all of the books in this series, I like the English setting, the scenic references to Yorkshire, the diverse mu...more
Samantha
Just of late Banks has been investigating cases that are very personal. Still recovering from the fire which destroyed his cottage Banks finds himself embroiled in the murky world that is his brother Roy's life, juggling the responsibilities of his job and trying to protect his parents although Roy was the black sheep of the family to Banks he was the apple of their eye to his parents. It was a little bit of stretch for me but I managed to fully immerse myself into this one as it was coming so c...more
Debbie Maskus
In this Alan Banks mystery, Alan is recovering from his brush with death and the destruction of his cottage by fire. Annie and Alan have not resolved their differences due to Phil Keane. The story starts with the death of a young woman, and a puzzling message left for Alan from his brother Roy. The story takes many turns agter Aln arrives at Roy's house "in the mews". As usual, Robinson builds a moving story, but he also explores the injustices of life. In this story, he uncovers the young girls...more
Judy Goodnight
Another intricately plotted story in the Inspector Banks series by Peter Robinson. It's been 4 months since the traumatic ending of the previous book "Playing With Fire" and it hasn't been a good four months for Banks. A strange phone call from his brother Roy leads Banks south to London to find his brother disappeared. Back in Eastvale, DI Annie Cabbot takes charge of the murder investigation of a woman shot in her car. The kicker? A slip of paper in her jeans pocket with Banks' name & addr...more
Genevieve Scholl
Wonderful storyline, great detail in the crime evidence and background. Really enjoyed listening to this on audiobook and the narrator's voice was perfect. Soothing.
Nancy Stallings
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Reading this one on the radio. I enjoy the Inspector Banks books and think they translate well to read in serial form on the radio. So far so good!
Jennifer
If you have not read any of the Inspector Banks novels, you should. They are well written, well done mysteries. I personally dislike stories where the characters act in illogical ways (like these female chef types who solve mysteries where trained police fail)..the Inspector Banks stories are tightly woven with many intricate characters who behave 'normally' under the circumstances. The endings are not obvious but make sense (like no one comes from left field that was the protagonist). Once I pi...more
Barbara ★
This is the first title I've listened to by Peter Robinson. I really liked Banks and Cabot. Alan Banks's estranged brother Roy called and left a desperate life and death message on Alan's machine. After having no luck reaching Roy by telephone, Alan traveled to London to investigate his brothers disappearance.

Annie Cabot, on the other hand, was working a supposedly unrelated death by gunshot. She also traveled to London to investigate. The two cases converge and interesting things develop. A rea...more
Mary Ahlgren
I especially appreciate the depth of his description of the relationship between very different siblings.
Lorraine
Really do like this series. Know I'm reading them out of order but they are just so entertaining!
Mary
His work is always excellent; even when it is not one of his usual characters
Quinn
Another good read in the Inspector Banks series, this one is named after a song as well as a feeling that Alan Banks has that his emotional life is lacking. As in the other books I've read in this series, the characters are well developed, have problems away from work and each character is well developed emotionally and professionally. The depth of characters makes the book a good read. Robinson is a good writer, with attention to detail as well as a satisfying scope of the entire mystery series...more
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