THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER.
The twenty third instalment of the NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING DCI Banks Series.
The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong. - Stephen King
Two young girls.
Two unspeakable crimes.
Fifty years separate them - their pain connects them.
When the body of a 15-year-old is found in a remote countryside lane, beaten and broken, DI Annie Cabbot is brought in to investigate how the child could possibly have fallen victim to such brutality.
Newly promoted Detective Superintendent Alan Banks is faced with a case that is as cold as they come. Now in her 60s, Linda Palmer was attacked aged 14 by celebrity entertainer Danny Caxton, yet the crime has never been investigated - until now.
As each steps closer to uncovering the truth, they'll unearth secrets much darker than they ever could have guessed . . .
In Edgar-winner Robinson's timely, sobering 23rd Inspector Banks novel (after 2015's In the Dark Places), Det. Insp. Annie Cabbot investigates the rape and murder of 15-year-old Mimosa "Mimsy" Moffat, a white girl found naked on a country road, who lived in the nearby estates in Wytherton, York, and ran with a crowd that included several older guys of Pakistani descent. While Cabbot must tread carefully in the racially charged atmosphere during her investigation, Banks, recently promoted to detective superintendent, looks into claims made against a beloved British variety star, Danny Caxton, a 1960s-era crooner known for the catchphrase "Do your own thing," which seemed to include raping 14-year-old Linda Palmer in 1967. Banks must decide whether Palmer, a poet who now wants to pursue a case against Caxton, is credible, and whether she's his only victim. Robinson takes hot-button topics xenophobia, sexual assault, and celebrities and turns them into uniquely compelling cases for Banks, who remains a stalwart of justice in crime fiction.