New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author Peter Robinson brings us a tantalizing tale of suspense in this classic Inspector Banks thriller.
In the long shadows of an alley a young man is murdered by an unknown assailant. The shattering echoes of his death will be felt throughout a small provincial community on the edge—because the victim was far from innocent, a youth whose sordid secret life was a tangle of bewildering contradictions. Now a dedicated policeman beset by his own tormenting demons must follow the leads into the darkest corners of the human mind in order to catch a killer.
Delving into the complicated human psyche, Blood at the Root showcases Peter Robinson’s singular talent in an exceptional novel of suspense that will linger in readers’ minds long past the final page.
The twin specters of drugs and racism haunt this ninth entry (which follows Innocent Graves, 1996) in the Inspector Alan Banks series of Yorkshire-based crime novels, one of the best collections of procedurals extant. Neo-Nazi sympathizer Jason Fox is beaten to death outside a pub after a verbal altercation with three Pakistani youths inside the premises. Fox was the computer expert for the right-wing Albion League, whose leader, Motcombe, deals drugs to blacks for profit. Yet Fox was reputed to abhor drugs. The evidence against the three boys remains slight, but there are clear and sinister signs of a power struggle taking place within the League, the activities of which are apparently being scrutinized by some higher-up authorites than the local CID. In the middle of the investigation, Banks's wife asks for a separation. Isolated and increasingly unhappy, Banks finally gets around to decking his odious superior, Chief Constable Riddle, while his loyal DC Susan Gay gets herself a suspiciously perfect new fella before she realizes where her affections truly lie. Banks, on a surreptitious trip to Amsterdam, learns about the undercover operation that his investigation of the Albion League endangers. Delivering all, and more, that procedural fans wish for, Robinson seamlessly meshes investigative details, setting and character. The measured effectiveness of his prose and the increasingly complex life of Inspector Banks make this an ever more compelling series.
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I've enjoyed the part of the series except it leaves too much at the end. He should finish his books, he re introduces his characters each book, almost with same words and the same lines.