This is a new series I've discovered, and have read two in it 'out of order. Banks, who has moved to Yorkshire to get away from the high-stress levels of police work and of life in general in London, takes the lead on all of these cases -- which may or may not be linked together. It is impossible not to like Banks, with his working class roots, and his passive-aggressive with, his contempt for authority and his very real emotional scars. With insomnia wrecking my nights again I've begun to read detective fiction again, these long and endless series of novels that really just form one continuous story. Her assessments seem too ambivalent and tentative to be considered seriously. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks was hoping to shed his chain smoking and caffeine swilling habits when he left his London posting and moved to the Yorkshire countryside. Granted that mysteries, by nature, are less action packed than thrillers it is even more pronounced foreign books.
It wasn't particularly suspenseful until the end, but the book moved at a good pace. But whether related or not, perverse local acts and murderous ones are combining to profoundly touch Banks's suddenly vulnerable personal life, forcing a dedicated law officer to make hard choices he'd dearly hoped would never be necessary. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks has recently relocated with his family to the Yorkshire Dales from stressful London but soon finds that life in the countryside is not quite as idyllic as he had imagined. Granted t This is the first in the Chief Inspector Banks series by Peter Robinson. The narrator had a pleasant voice and was easy to listen to.
A fellow at the Hoover Institution, he lives in Stanford, California. An expert plotter with an eye for telling detail, Mr. After college, he emigrated to Canada in 1974, where he attended the prestigious University of Windsor. I did not really enjoy the story line about Banks' interest in the female psychologist called in on the case. It was therefore very exciting to get to know the beginning of this series. Worse, will any of these escalate into worse criminal acts? The Yorkshire town of Eastvale is being plagued by a peeping tom and by a spate of house invasion-style thefts, in which a couple of thugs push their way into the homes of old dears and petrify their victims into silence as they strip the place of cash and valuables.
Originally released in 1987, the novel was less dated than I expected. However, the young villains were a bit too villainous for me, making me want to smack the sneers off their faces many times. Gallows View is first in the series and was published in 1987. We are told his enthusiasms embrace Monteverdi's Orfeo, Berg's Lulu, Britten's Peter Grimes, Puccini's Tosca and Madama Butterfly as well as Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks has moved from London to Eastvale in Yorkshire, expecting a quieter job.
I'm one of those readers who, even when told the series gets better, wants to start at the beginning. There are several suspenseful moments in the book, and the ending is a totally unexpected surprise. As the novel begins, the local police are trying to find a peeper who is frightening some of the town's women. Peter Robinson was born in Yorkshire. Continuing to read this enjoyable series out of order. Though a Canadian, Robinson is schooled in the English tradition of creative writing.
And when an elderly woman is found brutally slain in her home, Chief Inspector Banks wonders if the voyeur has increased the intensity of his criminal activities. After graduation, Robinson headed to Toronto and received from York University his PhD in English. In my book, cozy it ain't. This review is for the audiobook version of the story. Still and all, it's a rattlingly readable yarn: I gobbled it down in little more than a day. This book is definitely recommended for those who enjoy well-written police procedural thrillers.
Then, an elderly reclusive woman is murdered during an apparent burglary. He brought them to life, which magnified the story. I was not impressed with the narrator who seemed to lack enthusiasm. The writing was very good, b More of a 3. Which for me is pretty high praise. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks has moved from London to Eastvale in Yorkshire, expecting a I thought I'd never read one of Peter Robinson's Alan Banks police procedurals when I picked up Gallows View. As if that's not enough, an elderly woman living alone has been killed, and there are a series of unsolved break-ins.
The Inspector Banks Series The series is set in the fictional town of Eastvale in Yorkshire, England. Title: Gallows View: The First Inspector Banks Mystery. It's easy to see in this debut novel that Robinson will successfully meld those aspects of Banks' life. The book left me with mixed, though mainly positive, feelings. The novel, though a fast read as it is on the shorter side, did take some time to engage me. Before long elderly resident, Alice Matlock, is killed.
Georgian style homes are separated from the run-down East Side Estates, a public housing project spawned by good intentions and corrupt contractors, by The Green. It also garnered the Macavity-Award. I'm listening to audiobooks while writing postcards to voters. Banks is a former London policeman who relocated to Yorkshire, assuming that the pace of life and the crime rate would both be slower. Of course if you're a Coben fan you don't even need a description - you know this book is going to be good. On top of the ongoing investigations into the various crimes, Banks experiences a crisis of conscience -- not associated with his professional life, but with his personal life.
I like this series very much and will read more of it. Or are there several different criminals at work in this small area? Some of the tying off of ends seems a bit contrived, as indeed does some of the rest of the plotting and characterization; I'm not sure that, had I read this back in 1987, I'd have guessed how good Robinson was going to become, but I'd certainly have felt myself entertained agreeably enough to have tried another. This is still a countryside where a farmer can stop road traffic when his cows need to cross the motorway. Bookseller: , South Yorkshire, United Kingdom Pan Books. Banks is a southerner who'd just as soon relax in the quiet village of Eastvale while he pursues his new interest in Italian opera, but the cases take a personal interest when Jenny Fuller--the psychologist called in to defuse local feminists' criticism of police insensitivity to the victims of the peeping Tom--turns out to be lovely, companionable, and potentially disturbing to his marriage, and when his wife Sandra becomes the voyeur's latest victim. And watch for those twists - they'll get you every time -- Ian Rankin. The author has a knack of giving so much detail that the picture is clear in your mind as reading the words, without being over descriptive to the point of tediousness.