Follow Inspector Alan Banks as he investigates Yorkshire's toughest crimes.
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"A proven master of the British police procedural, Robinson should find a large audience for this gripping, psychologically astute tale." (Publishers Weekly)
"This multilayered novel puts Banks firmly in the upper echelon of British mystery writers." (Library Journal)
"A devilishly good plotter...[Robinson's] characterizations are so subtle that even the psychological profiler is stumped." (New York Times Book Review)
I am so pleased that I didn't pay any attention to the original review.
This book is a refreshing twist on the crime thriller working after the apprehension of the suspect not up to it.
Peter Robinson gives us another entry in the series of police procedurals set in Yorkshire and featuring Inspector Banks. Fully realized characters, well-drawn setting. Plotting a little hokey near the end with some breathless action not in keeping with Robinson's normally highly realistic style. Doesn't ruin it; just a bit melodramatic for Robinson.
The reader is masterful: wide range of great voice characterizations; every phrase read for meaning.
Highly recommended, if not quite so good as Robinson's "In a Dry Season".
This author is getting better and better. This story is a refreshing twist on the serial killer motif. There is a small stumble near the end of the book, but it is very slight and doesn't marr a great book.
After some previous comments regarding the narrative abilities of Ron Keith, I feel the need to stick up for the man a bit. It is true that his accent is pretty much a one noter, even Canadians and Americans sound like they're from Yorkshire. And most of his women, not all, tend to sound a little Pythonesque. I find that amusing more than annoying though. He does do justice to the story, he doesn't rush, he sounds as though he is really enjoying himself, I feel that the main characters gain personality through Mr. Keith. I have a distinct image and flavor now of Alan Banks and Annie Cabbot. So while he does not dramatize the reading, he lends it a lot of character. Aftermath is as good as any Peter Robinson book, if you like P.D. James and Elizabeth George, you will appreciate Peter Robinson.
I started listening to books in 1992 (Books on Tape rentals) and have continued to do so through today. Going to Audible's immediate download made it so much easier -- as you can see, I have 415 downloaded books -- and another 200 or so in CD's or cassettes. Thank all of you who post reviews. I rely heavily on the reviews to make my selections. (I plan to introduce my granddaughter to audible books in about another year!)
I can listen to a wide variety of readers. But this reader put me off to the point where I refused to get this book by one of my favorite authors. It wasn't even the voices of the characters that I found so objectionable, but his normal reading voice that seemed to attempt to infuse every word with intrigue. Some listerners may like that, but I can't listen to those few readers who do this. It's like overacting, and ruins the story for me.
Aftermath is a good book but the narration by Ron Keith spoiled it for me. Most of the time he sounded like he had a head cold and his accents were terrible. A big disappointment.
Warning - a little spoiler-y
As the title suggests, this book is all about what happens after a gruesome crime is discovered. We know who the guilty party is, but was his wife an accomplice or another victim? In a more skilled storyteller's hands, this could have been a real psychological stunner. However, there's never really any doubt how the question will be answered - it's just a matter of proof, and, rather than unraveling the whole truth, the wife manages to out herself. If there had been more doubt built into it, the big reveal would have been a lot bigger.
The side stories were interesting, and they did add to the exploration of what a crime like this leaves in its wake.
I felt the narrator could have done more to differentiate among the women's voices and not sound so whiny when he read their dialogue.
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