Banks is back his twentieth mystery – and this time he's investigating the murder of one of his own.
Detective Inspector Bill Quinn is killed by a crossbow in the tranquil grounds of a police rehabilitation centre, and compromising photos are found in his room. DCI Banks, brought in to investigate, is assailed on all sides.
By Joanna Passero, the Professional Standards inspector who insists on shadowing the investigation in case of police corruption.
By his own conviction that a policeman shouldn't be deemed guilty without evidence.
By Annie Cabbot, back at work after six months' recuperation, and beset by her own doubts and demons.
And by an English girl who disappeared in Estonia six years ago, who seems to hold the secret at the heart of this case . . .
The crossbow murder of Det. Insp. Bill Quinn on the grounds of St. Peter's Police Convalescence and Treatment Center outside Leeds propels Robinson's highly satisfying 20th novel featuring Det. Chief Insp. Alan Banks (after 2010's Bad Boy). Compromising photos of Quinn with a possibly underage female and rumors that he was a "bent copper" cast doubts on his integrity, and lead to Insp. Joanna Passero from Professional Standards joining the investigation. Possible links to a case that haunted Quinn, the unsolved disappearance of a young West Yorkshire woman in Tallinn, Estonia, six years earlier, and a second murder related to the first prompt Banks and Passero to travel to Tallinn in search of clues. Meanwhile, Det. Insp. Annie Cabbot, now recovered from injuries suffered in a previous book, provides solid help on the home front. Though not up to Robinson's best, this entry smoothly blends careful police work and astute psychological observations.
Watching the dark.
Another masterpiece of crime fiction which I enjoyed as much as the first Peter Robinson book I read many years ago.
As usual the police procedures are believable.
I feel as though I know the regular characters and can liken them to former police officers I knew.
Maybe even myself!!!
Watching the Dark
Brilliant read as always
DCI Banks - another great yarn
Peter Robinson is well up to date with current affairs as always. This intriguing tale covers a lot of ground with illegal immigrants, people trafficking, drugs, corruption and murder in the UK and in Estonia. His description of that emerging former Soviet country has made me want to see it myself.
One criticism though, in the story Banks recalls his youth when he awaited eagerly for record releases from The Beatles and Bob Dylan. This would have happened in the 1960's and if Banks was a teenager then is he not a bit long in the tooth to still be a serving police officer?