When the body of a young girl is found in a remote countryside lane, evidence suggests she was drugged, abused and thrown from a moving van - before being beaten to death. While DI Annie Cabbot investigates the circumstances in which a 14-year-old could possibly fall victim to such a crime, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Alan Banks must do the same - but the crime Banks is investigating is the coldest of cases.
Fifty years ago Linda Palmer was attacked by celebrity entertainer Danny Caxton, yet no investigation ever took place. Now Caxton stands accused at the centre of a historical abuse investigation, and it's Banks' first task as superintendent to find out the truth. As more women step forward with accounts of Caxton's manipulation, Banks must piece together decades-old evidence.
With his investigation uncovering things from the past that would rather stay hidden, he will be led down a path even darker than the one he set out to investigate....
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"The topical crimes brought to life"
It’s hard to believe that this is the 23rd Detective Banks novel. I’ve read or listened to them all and am glad to say that in the present book the author has maintained his high standard of story-telling. Though a crime and detection novel this particular book, more than the others, delves deeply into social, and racial issues around two story lines of topics recently much in the news: historical sexual assaults by celebrities and grooming of underage white girls by older, Asian men. The latter storyline occupies more of the book as the author illustrates the social backgrounds of vulnerable young people who get sucked into binge drinking, drugs and sexual exploitation. Not the usual fare of crime novels but creates a more interesting listen that makes one think about the factors that lead to youngsters becoming easy prey.
I find the author’s predilection for digressions into the musical tastes of his characters, mainly DCI Banks, tedious, but that’s a minor irritation in an otherwise gripping novel with thought-provoking themes given more substance by being populated by well-rounded characters.
The narrator is excellent giving different accents to the various characters that adds to the impression that one is listening to real stories.
"cracking, pacey murder mystery"
Good plot and well drawn characters. I enjoyed listening to this.
Very contempoary themes regarding the tensions between immigrant cultures.
"Cleverly worked thriller"
The story line was excellent, but spoiled for me by using the Lord's name in vain. A forrm
of blasphemy that I find extremely discomforting. There will be no more of this writers books for me, on this account.
"Riveting and topical"
Some highly topical issues addressed in this excellent thriller. Five stars. A superb read written well. great narration and characterization. Deep and dark portrayal of sinister moral issues.
"edge of seat"
struggled at first jumping from one investigation to the other, but soon got into it and could not stop listening. every time I thought I knew who did it someone else was brought into story
Good narration. Sometimes a little too much description which did not seem to add to the story for me. overall the plot was good anď parallel threads added to interest.
"Good (but not great) storyline spoils by a bad reading"
I quite liked the two-pronged story but I felt it did just fissile out in the end. This is my first book Peter Robinson and I would consider the next one in the series but only if they changed Simon Slater. His reading really annoyed me in places as he seems to stop reading in mid sentence only to carry on and his annunciation is truly awful in places. Sorry to be so negative but there are much better books in this genre so I would give this one a miss if I only had one credit and no new books in the library!
"Thank you Peter Robinson, spot on !"
A clear and true to life story , and from I the reader,60 something Leeds lasses point of view, who encountered our most vile celebrity in the late 60s I found it to be a refreshing attempt to show how different views were back then. It was also great to show the way that not everyone must buckle under the traumas of their youth, and can move forward and successfully without carrying another's imposed pain!
"Not his best"
I can't actually remember much about this novel which is indicative of the fact that it just didn't really grab my attention. I didn't engage with the characters as much as usual and, for my tastes, it was on the edge of being too gritty. I also felt that Peter Robinson was trying to make points about racism in a rather clumsy way. Certainly not one of the better DCI Banks stories.
"Peters Best Yet"
The plot is current to recent high profile cases and is extremely believable. The action, for want of a better word, has two story lines running concurrent.
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