A disgraced college lecturer is found murdered with £5,000 in his pocket on a disused railway line near his home. Since being dismissed from his job for sexual misconduct four years previously, he has been living a poverty-stricken and hermit-like existence in this isolated spot.
The suspects range from several individuals at the college where he used to teach to a woman who knew the victim back in the early '70s at Essex University, then a hotbed of political activism. When Banks receives a warning to step away from the case, he realises there is much more to the mystery than meets the eye - for there are plenty more skeletons to come out of the closet….
The 21st novel in number one best-selling author Peter Robinson's critically acclaimed DCI Banks series.
©2013 Peter Robinson (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton
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"Robinson is a genius"
yes, great crime writer giving you hints but keeping suspense until the end
JK Rowling's new novel
Peter Robinson is totally underestimated, great writer
"Quite good but not brilliant"
Fairly good listen but dragged in places and was a little dull. Okay for a long car journey but once was enough.
I have read and enjoyed all of Peter Robinson's Banks stories - but this one was not one of the best. It was complicated and I ended up skipping to the end. I will try the new one when published but hope its better and more like some of the older books.
I enjoyed Simon Slater's reading, but was unsatisifed by the plot line and conclusion. Peter Robinson's writing has been so much better. I won't give up on him though.
Yes I am, I have enjoyed all his books apart from this one
Probably not, I much prefer to read or to listen
Far less padding.
More action less fluff
All the scenes which held up the action.
This was the first Peter Ropbinson book I've read and the last. Perhaps people keen on whole lists of rock stars might have been interested but I wasn';t. The crime was boring, the murdered man was uninteresting and the premise was - what's the opposite of page turning? Sorry not for me though I ordered this on the strength of the lyrical reviews.
"Think I slept through this time"
I think I listened to Radio three through the 1980s so miss most of the musical references that are such a part of this book - even more than in the other DI Banks books.
Pity as I am sure there is a lot of relevance to them.
Good series, well read
I was very disappointed with this book, I have all the Alan Banks books so far, so was really looking forward to this one. . I found the narrator very bland & boring, so much so that he nearly sent me to sleep! The Jamacian accent put on for Winsom was so ridiculous that I was almost waiting for a Bob Marley song to break out!
I thought the storyline was quite weak & nowhere near as good as previous books..Maybe a different narrator could have bought this to life better. . . .
Just not as good as some of the other DCI Banks books....
Bland, boring...didnt exactly bring the book to life...
Neil Pearson would have been excellent reading this or James Langton . .
"Long and boring"
I bought this book as a recommendation from Audible and wish I hadn't bothered. The book is long - it seemed never ending with its political background and musical references from the past.
I generally like the tv series and the character DCI Banks but this was hard going and I persevered to the end but it was a relief to get it over with.
"Justice for one but not for all"
I enjoyed the narrative and would recommend. I have read many Banks novels and look for each new one. I find the writing excellent. The story was interesting and had many twists and turns. I enjoy the way Banks interacts with his team and superiors in the Police and how he moves the case forward. I will not reveal the plot so unless you have finished the book the following will probably not make sense. I understand how Banks solved the mystery and why to save the innocence of one he did not reveal the guilt of another. However that does not sit well with me and in the end as at the beginning I feel Banks is another person to add to the list of those who have totally denied any justice to Mr Miller.
Would recommend the book to followers of Banks. I did enjoy it but could not reconcile with the unfairness of the ending to the original victim Mr Miller Im afraid.
"Back on form for Peter Robinson."
The story line is much better than recent Banks novels; it is actually believable and keeps you guessing.
Winsome; I love the fact that she is allowed to care for the underdog and still get results
The performance improved as it progressed but the reader unfortunately doesn't have enough different voices in his repertoire and it often sounds like a character is sneering.
I would have done but I don't have that many hours available in the day to do so!
Maybe the reader could try practising some new voices before he ventures into the world of audio books...
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