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Dead Right (Inspector Banks #9)

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Dead Right is the ninth novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from Innocent Graves.

The broken body of Jason Fox has been found in a dirty alleyway. At first it looks like a typical after-hours pub fight gone wrong. But Inspector Alan Banks soon realizes that the truth is rarely so straightforward . . .

Jason was a member of the Albion League, a whi

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Hardcover, 369 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1997)
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Lawyer
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Admirers of realistic police procedurals
Inspector Banks Among the English for England

Although written back in 1997, years before the plight faced by Syria's refugees, author Peter Robinson penned a novel concerning national pride cloaked in vicious racism and intolerance. James Flood is found beaten to death in Banks' never peaceful Eastvale.

After the battered corpse is identified by Forensics, young members of Eastvale's Pakastani residents are prime suspects. Flood had a run in with George Mahmood at a local pub. He didn't take kind
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Ivonne Rovira
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every mystery lover
With the introduction of neo-Nazi sympathizers, Blood at the Root, the ninth installment in the Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks series, takes a particularly dark turn. And I could not — please forgive the cliché! — put this riveting novel down! I devoured it in two days’ time.

Jason Fox gets himself stomped to death in an alley after leaving a pub at closing time. When the Eastvale police discover that young Fox was a lieutenant in the neo-Nazi Albion League, things get complicated enough. B
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Faith
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, overdrive
A young man is found beaten to death outside of a bar after getting into an altercation with three young men of Pakistani heritage. It turns out that the victim was a member of a Neo-Nazi group dedicated to making Britain great again. The group has published rants against immigrants, Jews and homosexuals. Although this book was published in 1998, it is still timely today. It's sad how stories dealing with bigotry never seem dated.

Inspector Alan Banks is in charge of investigating the case, whic
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Jill Hutchinson
I am a fan of the Inspector Banks series but unfortunately have read them out of sequence which makes some of the situations and characters superfluous in this early entry. Nevertheless, it is still a good read once you put yourself in the time frame of the story.

A rabid Neo-Nazi is found beaten to death outside a local bar which leads Banks into the ugly world of racism on his local pitch. It also involves some of his Pakistani friends which, to his sorrow, drives a wedge in their relationship.
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Larraine
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To say I am a fan of Peter Robinson is putting it mildly. As I continue to catch up with the older books in the series, I continue to be impressed by his writing. It's interesting that this was published in 1998. It's post Thatcher Great Britain where the industrial jobs are gone, and frustration takes on an ugly anti immigrant flavor by native white Brits. Unfortunately many of them can't distinguish between someone who is native born vs an actual immigrant, not that it matters. When a young ma ...more
Damaskcat
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A young man is found battered to death in an alley in Eastvale. What seems like a simple case of a fight after the pubs close going too far turns into a nightmare for DCI Alan Banks when it becomes clear that the dead man was a member of a sinister far right organisation. This is a story of friendship turned sour, confidences betrayed and it could just spell the end of Banks' career as the new Chief Constable seems to want to find fault with everything he does.

Banks has personal problems with hi
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Monica
Jan 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although another great mystery, I’ll have to say that I liked this Peter Robinson book a little less than his previous novels. The plot was solid and interesting but there was no great mystery or guessing game to this book. Inspector Alan Banks has a lot of personal things that happen to him, which will perhaps impact future books that Robinson has written and might just be the reason this particular novel was a more quiet mystery than others.

As I’ve said before...Robinson’s books flow with a sp
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Tom
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robinson is a very solid author. Writes with a consistently high quality. The over-arching theme of this book is immigration, which resonates very strongly today. It's always intriguing to see these little snapshots in time and get context about their struggles. Add in the separation of Banks and his wife, and there's a lot of emotional turmoil. The mystery itself is not overly complex but with the political backdrop, it felt top notch.
Balthazar Lawson
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a lot of books in this series and not in order. This book answers a lot of questions about the private life of the main character Alan Banks. It's the characters I enjoy the most about the series.

In this book what seems a simple murder to solve turns into something much more and it's not that straight forward a case. Banks puts his career on the line to get to the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. He is not looking for a convenient solution to the case like the chief c
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Kathy
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
Sandra has moved out and Tracey has started college, leaving Alan Banks at a loss. Then a rabid neo-Nazi is beaten and stomped to death, and the first clues point to a group of Asian kids. Banks is under pressure to solve this case before race riots break out, and as other clues emerge he flies to Amsterdam with Dirty Dick Burgess. There he gets the information he needs, but the Chief Constable suspends him and declares the case solved after one of the victim's friends confesses. The book ends w ...more
Steve
**spoiler alert** just to help my memory of the series development- not a review sorry folks Neo -nazi group - member gets kicked to death in an alleyway. Sandra tells Banks the marriage is over. Susan Gay is interested in Banks but doesn't admit it. Dirty Dick Burgess meets him in Holland as part of the gang are under surveilance.
Mark Edlund
Mystery series - a racist thug is murdered in an alley. Was he killed because of his rants or some other reason? Moves along well. Banks' investigation is hampered by problems at home and the fact he punched his boss.
Canadian references - mention of a murder in Toronto; Canadian white supremacist group; Toronto drug dealer
Pharmacy reference - Banks goes to a chemist for condoms.
Linda
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am currently working my way through the Inspector Banks series. I like Banks, his family, and co-workers. I am enjoying the growth of the character. It is a good example of the genre. I thought this was a better mystery than #8.
Simon Dinsdale
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this. Banks is believable and the plot has the right amount of suspense to keep you interested.

The personal and professional problems with the conflict with Jimmy Riddle works and makes for an interesting read...
Barbara
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not a very exciting book. The characters lack pzazz.
Lawanda
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook performed by. James Langton
Joan Colby
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This terrific DCI Banks novel with its themes of neo-nazis, immigrants and drugs is as topical today as it was 20 years ago when Robinson wrote it.
Anne
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ok thriller
Kathleen Freeman
Definitely a fan of this series, I like the characters and the settings, especially the trip to Amsterdam. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Anna robretson
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brit-detc
love his book -always make you wait till end to find killer.
maria helena
The narrator was nothing special, but the mystery was good.
Ellen Margolese
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, I enjoyed the book, characters, plotting, but find the endings too ambiguous. A better word may be unfinished.
Surreysmum
Apr 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2003, mystery, canlit
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Paula Dembeck
Dec 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the ninth book in the Inspector Banks series.
Police Constable Ford comes upon what initially looks like a drunk, not able to make it home and sleeping it off against a graffiti scarred wall in an alley. But when the body does not move and he looks more closely, it is obvious the young man is dead. He has been badly beaten, his pockets emptied and his wallet is gone. It looks as if he has been hit over the head with a bottle and kicked several times by someone with heavy boots. This may
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John Marsh
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lorraine
It's fall in Eastdale and Inspector Alan Banks has been called to a ginnel beside a rundown park where a young man's body has been found. It appears he's been kicked to death, and all his ID has been taken. With an artist's drawing of the victim's face, the police begin door-to-door visits in the neighbourhood. Susan Gay is lucky to speak to a lady who recognizes the face as Jason Fox, who's family lives across the street. The Fox family identify the body as that of their son, but since he didn' ...more
Merryn
Apr 05, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Admittedly this was the first Peter Robinson novel I have read so I fear I may have been a little unprepared in terms of appreciating the characters but I don't think that was what affect my opinion. I really wanted to appreciate and enjoy this book as I am a great fan of crime/thriller novels but I was so let down by it within the first few chapters. It was Robinson's style of writing that really made me squirm. It is way too obvious that he himself is still a novice at understanding the police ...more
Taicarmel
Kelly, Jim (2013). The Funeral Owl, Severn House, Surry, UK.

Jim Kelly was, born in Hertfordshire on April Fool's Day 1957 his father was a detective in the 'Met' - London's elite metropolitan police force and his mother's father was a special constable. Before becoming a writer he worked as a journalist in the fens and later in London. His first series "The Phillip Dryden Series" is set in Ely, in the Fens, and features journalist Philip Dryden and his side-kick Humph. The books won a Dagger In
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Monica
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young man is kicked to death in an Eastvale alley. He had been seen in an argument with three Asians in a pub a few hours earlier. When it turns out that the victim was a member of a virulent white supremacy group, it looks as though it is a race crime. The three Asians are brought in for questioning, but released for lack of evidence.

Banks is being pushed hard by Chief Constable Riddle, who gives him conflicting orders (solve it now, but spend more time in the office on paperwork)and accuses
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Spuddie
Sep 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#9 Chief Inspector Alan Banks British police procedural. A young man is found beaten to death in an alley, and and after identifying him, it's discovered that Jason Fox was a member of a white supremacist group called The Albion League. He was seen having words with three Pakistani youths in a nearby pub, and they become the natural first suspects. But Banks doesn't believe they're guilty and begins searching into Fox's life to find out more about the youth, which leads him down a path into not ...more
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“But what Nev does is he takes these kids’ anger and channels it. He gives them someone to hate. He gives their rage some structure and provides them with real targets rather than nebulous ones. So they end up believing they’re committing theft, assault and vandalism for a good cause. Isn’t that what terrorism is basically all about, anyway? Add a few olde worlde patriotic values, a lot of guff about the ‘true English homeland’ and a bit of green to the mix and it makes them feel like downright responsible and virtuous citizens, the only ones who really care about their country.” 0 likes
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