Many Rivers to Cross

A DCI Banks Novel, Book 26
Narrated by: Simon Prebble
Series: Inspector Banks Novels, Book 26
Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (120 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Peter Robinson, the acclaimed author of the best-selling series Stephen King calls "the best now on the market", returns with a gripping, emotionally charged mystery in which the revered detective Alan Banks must find the truth about a murder with possible racial overtones - and save a friend from ruin.

In Eastvale, a young Middle Eastern boy is found dead, his body stuffed in a wheelbarrow on the East Side Estate. Detective Superintendent Banks and his team know they must tread carefully to solve this sensitive case. But tensions rise when they learn that the victim was stabbed somewhere else and dumped. Who is the boy, and where did he come from? 

Then, in a decayed area of Eastvale scheduled for redevelopment, a heroin addict is found dead. Was this just another tragic overdose or something darker? 

To prevent tensions from reaching a boiling point, Banks must find answers quickly. Yet just when he needs to be his sharpest, the seasoned detective finds himself distracted by a close friend’s increasingly precarious situation. He needs a break - and gets one when he finds a connection to a real estate developer that could be key to finding the truth.

With so many loose ends dangling, there is one thing Banks is sure of - solving the case may come at a terrible cost.

©2019 Peter Robinson (P)2020 HarperAudio

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What an awful slog. I usually love Inspector Banks stories and anxiously awaited this one, but it’s really terrible. Disjointed story and unsympathetic characters in this one. I also didn’t like the political BS the author decided to integrate into the story. I hate it when authors ...and other proselytizing celebrities.... think we want to know their political liberal left biases. Ugh. Frankly, I am taking Peter Robinson off my favorite authors list.

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Too much politics!

I found the political comments by Robinson to be offensive---to me and to all who voted for President Trump. There were a good many other reviewers who also pointed out the excessive politics. I will not finish the book and probably will return it. I have read and enjoyed all the Inspector Banks books, but in the future, I will be careful about placing a PreOrder until I have read a sample and some reviews. Simon Prebble,of course, is one of the best narrators ever. Sorry to miss him in the rest of this book.

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Awful

There are so many annoying aspects to this novel that listing them is a challenge: excessive descriptive detail, excessiive and boring musical references, simplistic plot, parroting of 'woke' themes, leftist moralizing, boorish pretense....and on and on. In conclusion, there is an effort to tempt the listener into buying the next story. Not me. I can't believe I hung in there and finished listening to this one!

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Chilling, Complex, Essential DCI Banks

Why I Liked the Plot: The author fears nothing, and moves his stories forward with his well established characters and interesting new ones. We don't live in a very nice world. In this book, the moral ambiguities and ironies go off like improvised explosive devices. Beware. Will Robinson's established fans like this book? I am one and I do. However, I feel many others will not, because this book lacks the escapist elements of some of the others in this series. As in some of the previous books, the author includes some graphic and gory scenes, as well as description of sexual violence. Current events and attitudes drive some of the dynamics. This book is NOT a "cosy." The writer has no hesitation in describing atrocities and autopsies. Narration: no one narrates better than Simon Prebble. He, as usual, is simply splendid. Summary: an engrossing, sometimes graphic, and heartbreaking contemporary crime and suspense novel, written superbly, but with disturbing from-the-news circumstances.

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Good

Very good.The ending sets is up.for the next one!Keep going.Have read them all.One of my favorite authors.

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Didn’t appreciate the lectures. Please kill off Zelda

Regardless if I agree, disagree or am neutral on an issue, I don’t want to be lectured endlessly in my entertainment reading or viewing. The slant of the story was obvious. Leave it at that. The narrative and dialogue needn’t drone on with it. As for Zelda, she started off as a very sympathetic character. Now she is vigilante with no regard for the innocent lives in her wake. Even so far as rationalizing the death of someone she used for information as being the woman’s fault. I’d lay bet on what happens next and to whom. I just hope she goes too.

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Love Simon Peeble!

Just the right combination of rough and smooth tones, great accents, I wish I had listened to all his versions of the DCI Banks series. As for the book? My favourite yet, with extra amazing twists at the end! 7* all the way.

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Ouch

I've listened and re-listened to all the previous Banks books. This one is so much darker and so gory that once was almost too much.

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