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The Summer That Never Was (Inspector Banks, #13) Peter Robinson

The Summer That Never Was (Inspector Banks, #13)

Peter Robinson

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ISBN : 9780771076022
Hardcover
408 pages
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As a teenager in 1965, Chief Inspector Alan Banks was traumatized by the disappearance of his best friend, Graham Marshall. When Grahams decayed bones are discovered 40 years later, those old demons are reawakened. At the same time, Banks is headingMoreAs a teenager in 1965, Chief Inspector Alan Banks was traumatized by the disappearance of his best friend, Graham Marshall. When Grahams decayed bones are discovered 40 years later, those old demons are reawakened. At the same time, Banks is heading a probe into the apparent kidnapping and murder of another troubled teenager, Luke Armitage. The Summer That Never Was, the latest in Peter Robinsons bestselling, Arthur Ellis Award-winning Inspector Banks series (Aftermath, Cold Is the Grave), explores the two cases in parallel, and the reader eagerly waits to discover their possible connection. Unlike many thriller writers, Robinson doesnt rely on terse prose to fuel the narrative. His smooth style is colourfully descriptive and easy to relax into. Think of it as the equivalent of sipping a pint on the patio of an English pub, one of Bankss favourite occupations. As the suspense builds and the plot takes as many twists and turns as a road through the Yorkshire dales, Robinson is not afraid to detour into further character development, whether its the tense relationship between Banks and his father or the ongoing grief of his new colleague, D.I. Michelle Hart.Robinson, raised in Yorkshire but based in Toronto, has sometimes been compared to Ian Rankin, who actually contributes a quote on this books dust jacket. The two share an ability to evoke time and place with real eloquence, and each writer loves to mix in musical references to help define their characters. Robinson does this very freely here, and with real accuracy. From 60s crooner Val Doonican through dead cult heroes Nick Drake and Ian Curtis to current singer-songwriters Nick Lowe and David Gray (two of Bankss faves), he never misses a beat. Similarly, his cultural references to the England of both the mid-60s and the present day are spot-on. The Summer That Never Was is the 13th Inspector Banks novel, but theres nothing unlucky about it. Any lover of well-written detective thrillers will feel fortunate to encounter it. --Kerry Doole