A baffling murder on a remote country lane puts Alan Banks and his team to the test in the detective’s most intense and gripping case yet – from an author hailed by Louise Penny as “a writer at the top of his game.”
With Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot investigating the young woman’s death, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Banks finds himself taking on the coldest of cases: a fifty-year-old assault allegedly perpetrated by beloved celebrity Danny Caxton. Now Caxton stands accused at the center of a media storm, and it’s Banks’ job to discover the shocking truth.
As more women step forward with accounts of Caxton’s manipulation, Banks must piece together decades-old evidence – as the investigation leads him down the darkest of paths…
Suspenseful, powerful, and surprising, When the Music’s Over is the finest novel to date from one of the foremost suspense writers at work today.
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.
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I bought this book because of the cover and the synopsis. What a great story. It moves quickly. The characters are very believable. The descriptions put you right there. I would have given it 5stars. I’m not from England so I wasn’t familiar with a lot of the terms used. It’s a great read though!!