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Many Rivers to Cross

(Inspector Banks #26)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  3,675 ratings  ·  378 reviews
Peter Robinson a "master of the police procedural" (Mail on Sunday) returns with the twenty-sixth instalment of the #1 bestselling Inspector Banks series.

When the body of a teenage boy is found stuffed into a wheely bin on the East Side Estate, Banks and Annie have a homegrown murder case to solve. But Banks's attention is also on Zelda, who in helping him track down his o
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published September 5th 2019 by Hodder & Stoughton
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George No, it's not the first time we've met Zelda. That was in the immediately previous novel, Careless Love.

And no, her previous life, before she came from…more
No, it's not the first time we've met Zelda. That was in the immediately previous novel, Careless Love.

And no, her previous life, before she came from London and Cornwall to the Eastvale area, is previous to the action in that book, as it is here.(less)

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Mar 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
There are some stories I don't like at all and this is one. 0 of 10 stars ...more
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: pigeonhole
My Mum is a great fan of Peter Robinson and I had heard very good things about his DCI Banks series, and so when I was invited to read his latest release via the Pigeonhole book club, I was very much looking forward to it.

However, I was to be disappointed. I'm not sure if this is because it's the 26th novel in a series I have never read before, or whether the quality of his earlier books has declined as the number of 'Banks' novels has grown, but it was not what I was expecting from such a laud
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Sad to say, I really think this series has had its day after the last two books. Its become quite dull, Banks is so pompous and boring. I got really tired of the author's pretentious references to obscure bits of music and long descriptions of food. But the most irritating thing was his constant and totally unnecessary political jibes, not really needed in a crime novel. Will I read the next one? Can't decide if its really worth my time. ...more
Gloria Arthur
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-bookshelf
The latest absorbing police procedural mystery in the series of Detective Superintendent Alan Banks. This book can easily be read as a standalone. The author Peter Robinson has a wonderful writing style and I love the quirky musical references he adds into the storyline. DS Alan Banks is working class, brooding and has a charming demeanour.

A young skinny Middle Eastern boy is found dead and discarded inside an elderly homeowners wheelie bin in the Eastvale housing estate. The boy isn’t recognise
Stephen Robert Collins
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Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: pigeon-books
This was my first Bank’s novel and based on the lengthy, tedious story just completed I will not be reading any others. I read this via the Pigeonhole book club and expected so much more in terms of the writing, characters and story. There were too many disjointed stories, bizarre dialogues and characters I didn’t relate to, at all. The story was unnecessarily long and for those who might not have read previous books, no effort was made to round the characters. Two and a half stars.
Bruce Hatton
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-crime
I began this novel with some trepidation as I’d found its predecessor Careless Love to be a massive disappointment. However, I soon found myself hooked on this latest story featuring Superintendent Alan Banks.
The dead body of a young boy of Middle Eastern appearance is found stuck in a wheely bin on a run-down housing estate. A short while later, another dead body is discovered; this time of an ageing heroin addict. Could these deaths be linked and are they both connected to a dodgy local proper
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not one of his best. In fact it’s probably the poorest of the Banks series and I’ve read all of them. A less than gripping story and a major character who is frankly unbelievable and affords little space for the usual team. Quite disappointing.
Bill Lynas
Book 26 in the Alan Banks series falls short of the high standards author Peter Robinson has previously set for himself.
We still have our regular characters, but neither of the plotlines in this novel kept my attention. I found the search for an old adversary of Banks by his friend Zelda to be especially slow & dull. Perhaps having this storyline spread over this novel, the previous one & possibly the next one as well (!) far too long & drawn out.
There are some interesting minor characters in th
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Unlike so many other reviewers, I found this book to be a satisfying police procedural that had added spice in addition to "normal" British crime. There is the added bonus of Albanian mafia figures far more ruthless than the ordinary criminal. Initially it kicks off with the death of a young man no one seems to know found in a trash bin. He is new to the country, alone and tasked as a drug runner. None of that is clear at first. There are many unsavory characters that make their stage entrances ...more
I have long been a fan of DCI Banks and Peter Robinson. Banks is supremely ethical, but never arrogant, and he’s a Guardian reader to boot, as revealed in this recent installment. He works in the fictional Yorkshire town of Eastvale. Banks formerly worked in the Met, London, but went north for a quieter life. However, judging from this series, his work life is not that quiet.

The discovery of the body of a young Middle Eastern boy on the East Side Estate, found in a “wheelie bin” (large garbage c
Oct 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’d read all the previous 25 DCI Banks books and was eagerly awaiting number 26.
I got to page 7 and very nearly stopped there. I do not wish to be subjected to an author’s political beliefs via the dialogue of a character. I merely want an interesting crime story.
Unfortunately, I didn’t even get that. Simplistic writing, numerous sexist descriptions of female characters, unbelievable police procedure – I’m sure that the police do not divulge what they know or suspect to a potential perpetrator o
Jill Stirling
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was looking forward to this book. I usually really like Peter Robinson's Alan Banks series but this one was a disappointment. It was full of the politics of the remainer kind. The detectives were showing their politically correct colours with ongoing sneering at any character right of the centre. I have crossed off Louise Penny and Ann Cleeves from must read list. Is this the one to follow? Police inaction on minor crime was mentioned with reliance on citizens to do their own policing. The who ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I still love Banks and Annie and some other members of this ensemble, but the books just don't thrill me any more. Part of the problem is that I really haven't been able to get interested in Zelda and her sad life story. Unfortunately, part of the problem is also that Robinson seems to be well past his prime as a writer. I re-read some of his mid-career Banks novels (and one stand-alone novel) recently, and the contrast in quality with his current output is stark.
Charlotte Pattison-Rideout
Sep 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Glad to have finished. Not immensely enjoyable for me I’m afraid. I found it a bit long-winded and could not warm to the characters. It felt very much like the author expects you to have read all the preceding books so does not need to develop the characters in the same way as for a stand alone story. The Zelda storyline here was a distraction; though probably quite interesting in its own right. The drugs story was laboured but quite good at a base level, though I felt the twist was a bit silly ...more
Donna Hines
This wasn't a bad read as it dealt with a heavy topic such as sexual trafficking.
It was interesting to see how the author took this one and weaved these characters into the plot as it thickened to create that existential rock hard thriller.
Everyone wanted to know about the kid, the one found dead inside the bin, and how he got there.
It was a race to get clues in a situation in which many didn't care to speak out for fear of retaliation.
All eyes eventually go from the door to door canvassing to Z
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
The body of a young Syrian refugee is found in a trash dumpster. He has been stabbed and a packet of cocaine in his pocket suggests links to the death of an aging heroin addict who had allowed his house to be use for drug buys as well as some very high up and dangerous people in the drug trade.

At the same time that DCI Banks and his team are investigating the murder, Zelda, a superrecognizer now working for law enforcement, visits the site of a fire that killed her boss. She spots one of the me
Terri Anderson
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2020
This was not up to Robinson's usual standards for this series. I usually enjoy the procedural aspects of a mystery, but this account spent too much time with the police deciding who the perpetrator is and then spinning their wheels trying to find proof. Then in the last 25 pages, the case was solved!
Banks seems even more disgruntled and isolated than in previous entries. He needs some good news (and a girlfriend).
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars - rounded up as I am a fan of the series... hmmm but for how much longer ?

After a couple of stronger novels in the Banks series, this one felt poorly put together, workmanlike but not especially engaging in terms of the detective work needed or carried out.. it all felt rather routine and frankly resulted in a bang average book. There's clearly an intention to publish a new novel in the Banks series every year, but the results are becoming rather inconsistent.

And i'd agree with some
Respectable entry in the series; it was clear that the more villainous, criminal minds might serve to distract from other suspects, but Robinson always does a nice job of depicting the process of a criminal investigation and how Inspector Banks's team works together to follow up on leads, interview suspects, etc. I thought the best part of the book was the subplot involving Zelda Melnic, the artist girlfriend of DI Cabbot's father, who was trafficked as a teenager and is always on the lookout fo ...more
Susan Barlow
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2019
I was very disappointed with this entry in the Banks series. The murder mystery didn’t involve much mystery. I guessed who dunnit about half way through and I’m never good at guessing. Half of the book was taken up with an unrelated plot line which was tedious and repetitive. In the end I just skipped over the Zelda bits. Sadly it seems like a previously enjoyable series has ground to a halt.
Mar 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
I’m a proud American. And yet, despite being such a commoner, I adore authors from other countries as I can “visit their home country” with their descriptive writing.

Sadly, my favorite author, Peter Robinson, has fallen to a terrible disease, ridiculosis liberalism with an extra tough case of acute Trump Derangement Syndrome. What a pity.

Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
An extra star for old times' sake. ...more
Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it
2,5 stars. I have some issues with this one, I am afraid.

The story itself was not bad, I would say it was even an improvement on the book #25, which in my opinion was the weakest one so far. I liked the new angle and the twist to the story that I did not really see coming and I am quite intrigued about the direction of this particular narrative in the future. That being said, for the first time ever I had multiple issues with the way the characters were portrayed, especially female ones. The aut
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
Book starts out slow with dark story of drugs, murder, sex trafficking. Not nice subject matters. Gets better middle to end. Cliffhanging ending leaves things unresolved. Interesting characters. Intriguing plot with lots of twists. Many music references as usual. Not my favorite in the series but still a good read. Looking forward to next book. Recommend to those who love mystery thrillers.
Jo vegan 🌱
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is the first book I’ve read by this author. I found it very slow to start. The first quarter of the book I was bored but the plot line did pick up after that. Ending was a bit disappointing but maybe there will be a sequel? Based on this book I’m not sure I’d read anymore by this author
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Peter Robinson writes excellent British police stories . He builds his cases slowly and then all the parts come together. This story investigates the apparent overdose drug death of a 56 year old man whose body is found in a deserted house and the discovery of a 15 year old Middle Eastern teenager , whose body is discovered in a refuse tin.
Because of the drug dealing in this end of London, DCI Banks suspects that the two deaths may be connected. Albanian mafia types have been slowly taking ove
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Many Rivers to Cross. #26. Peter Robinson. 19/9/2019. Pre ordered iBook. ✅

#26 Allan Banks....and colleagues, and family. One issue arises when a good book series is made into a good tv series, characters die but only in one place!!! Confuses a reader somewhat! Billed as good police procedural.....long and detailed! As usual a bit too much music chatter!

When the body of a teenage boy is found stuffed into a wheely bin on the East Side Estate, Banks, Annie and Gerry have a homegrown murder case to
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
In this novel, which continues the Zelda arc (the Eastern European woman first introduced in the last volume), Banks continues to grapple with both the evil that outsiders can do, and the evil aroused in white Britain when xenophobia gets a grip on them.

The main case is the murder of a 12- or 13-year-old boy from Syria, a refugee sent ahead of his family, who gets caught up in the world of drug distribution (the "county lines" - a new phrase for me). That trade, apparently, is being taken over b
The Lit Bitch
This series has obviously been a long standing with. With 26 books in the series, it’s clear that people love Inspector Banks. I was thrilled to review this one when I was approached, but at the same time I was worried that being 26 books in, that I would be lost in the larger story.

But if I have learned one thing about well known, longstanding thriller/mystery series, it’s that the authors usually try to keep things simple or at least explain the back story more for a new audience.

After some de
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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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