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Acclaimed internationally bestselling author Peter Robinson delivers a fast-paced, nail-biting thriller in which Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks must face his most challenging and personal case yet....

A distraught woman arrives at the Eastvale police station desperate to speak to Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. But since Banks is away on holiday, his partner, Annie Cabbot, steps in. The woman tells Annie that she's found a loaded gun hidden in the bedroom of her daughter, Erin: a punishable offense under English law. When an armed response team breaks into the house to retrieve the weapon, the seemingly straightforward procedure quickly spirals out of control.

But trouble is only beginning for Annie, the Eastvale force, and Banks, and this time, the fallout may finally do the iconoclastic inspector in. For it turns out that Erin's best friend and roommate is none other than Tracy Banks, the DCI's daughter, who was last seen racing off to warn the owner of the gun, a very bad boy indeed.

Thrust into a complicated and dangerous case intertwining the personal and the professional as never before, Annie and Banks - a bit of a bad boy himself - must risk everything to outsmart a smooth and devious psychopath. Both Annie and Banks understand that it's not just his career hanging in the balance, it's also his daughter's life.

©2010 Eastvale Enterprises Inc. (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Dorice
  • Norman, OK, United States
  • 10-29-12

Who can beat a Peter Robinson-Simon Prebble combo?

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As always, this was a great listen.Sure wish Simon Prebble had recorded ALL of the Inspector Banks series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Detective and Father Helps His Daughter

Alan Banks is off to America while his daughter Tracy gets involved with a really "bad boy" and Annie gets shot. As always, a good mystery, and I like the characters. Simon Prebble's reading is top notch.

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Very Enjoyable

This isn't one of those few "must reads" but it certainly is a good book that holds the interest. Love the English accent of the reader, not too overbearing. The story line is exciting though because American gun laws are not the same, at the beginning American readers might wonder what the fuss is all about and avid gun owners might even be a little taken back. Simply accepting that this is/was the law in Great Britain will get you past that part.

The first half of the book is interesting but not particularly thrilling to the point you can't put the book down. The excitement happens further into the book with the ending sort of petering out. I think most people who enjoy a good book will still enjoy this one.

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  • 06-14-18

Another good one

Enjoyable, good characters, understandable three-dimensional criminals, maybe too two-dimensional internal affairs cops with some over-the-top misogyny, Simon Prebble great as usual...