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Many Rivers to Cross: DCI Banks 26

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A skinny young boy is found dead — his body carelessly stuffed into a wheelie bin. Detective Superintendent Alan Banks and his team are called to investigate. Who is the boy, and where did he come from? Was his body discarded, or left as a warning to someone? He looks Middle Eastern, but no one on the Eastvale Estate has seen him before.

Many Rivers to Cross: DCI Banks 26 eBook : Robinson, Peter

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 lauded series. a b c d "A Statement from McClelland & Stewart, Penguin Random House Canada on Peter Robinson". Penguin Random House. 7 October 2022 . Retrieved 7 October 2022.Set in the fictional English town of Eastvale in the Yorkshire Dales. Robinson has stated that Eastvale is modelled on Ripon and Richmond and is somewhere north of Ripon, close to the A1 road[ sic]. [5] A former member of the London Metropolitan Police, Inspector Alan Banks leaves the capital for a quieter life in the Dales. Since 2010 several of the novels have been adapted for television under the series title DCI Banks with Stephen Tompkinson in the title role. [22] Robinson was best known for the long-running Inspector Banks crime fiction series, beginning with his first novel Gallows View in 1987, which won Robinson his first Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award, an award he would go on to win seven times for his novels and short stories.

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Poème de l’amour and de la mer” from Chausson: Poème de l’amour et de la mer and Symphonie Op. 20 by Véronique Gens & Orchestre National de Lille Robinson taught at several colleges and universities in Toronto, and the University of Windsor (his alma mater) as writer-in-residence from 1992 to 1993. [3] He was best known for the Inspector Banks series of novels set in the fictional Yorkshire town of Eastvale. His first novel, Gallows View, was published in 1987. [3] [6] It garnered him the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award, which he went on to win six more times during his career. [6] The series was eventually translated into twenty languages at the time of his death. [7] He also wrote two collections of short stories – Not Safe After Dark (1998) and The Price of Love (2009) – as well as another novel, Caedmon's Song, released in 1990. [3] Personal life [ edit ] Finally, I HATED the way women were written in this book. Every women is physically described, then we're told how good she is at her job despite the way she looks. This doesn't seem to happen for any of the male characters. As an example on one occasion, two police officers (one a 'coltish' female with 'pre-Raphaelite red curls', walk down a school corridor and two boys cross them, obviously agog at the officers being in the school and Banks assumes it's because they're having 'highly erotic' thoughts about the female officer. Not because she's a confident and intimidating police officer? It's old-fashioned and cringeworthy, and it really cheapens the character of Banks for me.I rate Mr Robinson highly as a writer so I was astonished that he put the authenticity of two of his most important characters at risk by making them slip out of character to spout politics. Very early on one of them makes regretful remarks about Brexit and how she perceives the British to have diminished in her eyes as a result. When I read this I heard the author's voice - intrusive voice - not the character's. This was so jarring it took me a further chapter or so before she regained conviction as a character. Late in the book, as Banks is closing in on the killer, he likens one pompous character to Nigel Farage. Again, I found this to be distracting and it said "authorial voice" to me, the more so because of the theme of the first chapter authorial intrusion. I was sorry that a writer of Mr Robinson's calibre had reversed the customary practice of polishing the distracting flaws out. Allow your readers some refuge from the all pervading ennui that is Brexit, please.

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