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All the Colours of Darkness: DCI Banks 18

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But as a new recruit - and a female to boot - she'll have to face down not only her own nerves but rampant sexism from her colleagues if she wants to be taken seriously enough to even assist on the case.

Summary: The eighteenth book in the Chief Inspector Alan Banks series has a commendable freshness, excellent sense of place and is a real page turner. When a child is abducted in similar Sandman fashion from an affluent Glasgow suburb, Lomond is brought in to find them before it's too late.Detective Chief Inspector Harry Grimm is forced to take leave from Bristol’s Major Investigations Team when his boss, tired of Harry chasing the ghost of his murderous father, sends him north on secondment. Similarly, I think he is trying to go for a hyper-observant effect by choosing irrelevant crap and then describing it in completely excessive detail.

The Security Services will be interested when one of their own – even if nominally retired – is murdered. Because Yorkshire is Banks' home base, it makes for a dramatic contrast between the innate picturesque beauty of the county and the tough underbelly of the people who live on the housing estates outside the tourist towns, many struggling with the high crime rate and inclement weather. If he wanted to engage, entertain and keep readers rapidly turning pages to find out what's next, he failed.Anyone who loves a good mystery should curl up gratefully with a cuppa to enjoy this rich 10th installment of the acclaimed British police procedural series. What looks like a routine murder-suicide turns into a nerve-wracking case for DCI Alan Banks and DI Annie Cabbot.

Fair play to Peter Robinson: in this story, Banks becomes embroiled with the spooks (MI5/MI6) and we all know the rules of literary engagement; you can't win against these people. Only Sheriff Alan Pangborn suspects that Gaunt is behind the population's increasingly violent behavior. He has been transferred to the vice squad in Berlin, a job he detests even though he finds a new friend in his boss, Chief Inspector Wolter. I can recommend this book to anyone who likes a good police procedural of the British flavor, oops, make that flavour.After getting his BA Honours Degree in English Literature at the University of Leeds, he came to Canada and took his MA in English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor, with Joyce Carol Oates as his tutor, then a PhD in English at York University.

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