When an elderly woman is found brutally slain in her home, Chief Inspector Banks wonders if the voyeur has increased the awful intensity of his criminal activities. 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.
©2009 Peter Robinson; (P)2009 Tantor
"An extremely well-fashioned police procedural." (The New York Times Book Review)
I've read most all of Peter Robinson's books and this being the first in the series it is not his best. That being said, the real problem with ths audio book is the narration. It portrays Banks with low brow accent, unsophisticated and bumbling. Not at all giving justice to Mr. Robinson's witty character, Inspector Banks.
This was my first encounter with DCI Banks from Peter Robinson. It found the plot interesting, and the movement from one set of characters to another was smooth. The performance wasn't the best I have heard, and the female characters were sometimes a bit difficult.
Overall, I would recommend this to a fan of the British contemporary crime novel.
DCI Banks is a great character. I am always disturbed by the fact that his physical description does not at all fit the actor who portrayed him in the BBC versions, but nonetheless, he is an engaging character whose personal and inner life provide a good counterpoint to the stories of crime and detection. I found the narrator's super deep voice not the best choice for Banks, and he does not do well on reading many of the other characters, especially the female ones. I found these issues detracted from the overall impression, but still I enjoyed listening to the book.
The very best of a very good British thriller. This first introduction was masterful and so well written.
I would not have chosen Mark Honan to narrate this story. His attempts at accents are dreadful; quite often changing the character of a character because his accents are not consistent and so confusing the listener as to who is 'talking'. Good story by Peter Robinson though.
Only my opinion..
I dont usually write reviews but I was so disappointed with this book. Ive never read this author before and dont think I will again. The story line was dull, the script was corny and the police procedure aspect very poorly researched and unbelievable. I gave up completely at the point the main character confronted a dilemma of going to his wife who'd been held and stripped by knifepoint and had killed him and he lay in the house and being called to a suspect who demanded his attendance at a hostage situation....he chose the hostage situation.....sorry but this is just ssoooooo bad
I had already read this book some years ago, but thought I would get it on audible for the winter months - it's excellent. Peter Robinson is one good story writer! Keep 'em coming!
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