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

The victim, a nondescript "numbers cruncher," died horriblyjust 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 extraordinary secret life are what truly set Chief Inspector Alan Banks off -- as lies breed further deceptions and blood begets blood, unleashing a policeman's dark passions ... and a violent rage that, when freed, might be impossible to control.

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 13, 2009
ISBN: 9780061828157
List price: $6.99
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When a mild-mannered accountant is shot in the face with a shotgun, execution style, Banks and his team are trying to find out why an accountant was killed in this way. As they investigate and dig deeper into Keith Rothwell's life they find more secrets and evidence of dirty dealings. It certainly isn't a simple, straight-forward case, and even the Home Office is involved. What I love about Robinson's Banks is that he's such an everyday Joe. This makes him totally believable. The other characters in the books are also well-drawn, and the plotting and mystery are always complex and not easy to figure out. In short, this is a series that is a cut above your ordinary British Police Procedural, and I really am enjoying it. This is the sixth book in this lengthy series, and I am looking forward to reading more.
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I made the mistake of reading these books in the middle: I started with In a Dry Season and worked my way through Piece of My Heart. Then I went backwards chronologically to Gallows View, the very first Inspector Banks series. The ride has been different but very very interesting. Peter Robinson has a very easy writing style, he has a very distinct way of describing police procedures and a way with describing the dales and Yorkshire. Most of the stories in this series are interesting, in fact I would recommend most of them. But there are certin ones: In a Dry Season, Aftermath, A Strange Affair where Robinson goes out of his way to write some amzing soliloqueys/psychological core dumps/confessions. It is in these moments of revelation that one really get enamored with the series and the main character: Inspector Alan Banks. In this particular story, the main thread winding around the plot is the dual life of a middle aged accountant. A presumably dull and lifeless man is murdered ruthlessly in a gangland style murder. As Banks, Richmond, Susan Gay et. al. peels back the curtains oscuring the truth, the reader is transported to many places where they don't exactly expect. In addition to all that, the psyche of the victim, as a seemingly innocuous man moving in locked step with his disciplined routines are revealed. The more interesting part is what this victim's life is doing to Banks, he is of the same age and is living somewhat the same life as the victim. The book slowly reveals the similarities and how Banks deals with this parallel psyche. This is one of the gems in the series. read it and enjoy. I also agree with the previous reviewr: reading the series in chronological order is probaly much more satisfying, but the stories are self contained enough to be good stand alone murder mysteries.
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Up to the Banks standard. Banks is an enjoyable guy to read about. Left of Centre but works with 'Dirty' Dick Burgess for example.
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