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4.0 out of 5 stars An unusual take on police procedural Jan. 31 2009
I quite enjoy the Inspector Banks novels, which I find quite a pleasant tool to while away quiet hours. As a series, they are like many others, although I do not say this disparagingly - crime novels make for a wonderful escape, but after Patricia Cornwell, Mark Billingham, Kathy Reichs, they all do start to blur a little bit.

What makes this novel stand out is that it begins with the apprehension of a serial killer and then goes on to deal with the fallout - hence the novel's title. I obviously don't want to give anything away, but watching things unfold made for a fascinating experience. The atmosphere of this book is dark, even eerie at times, and lingered with me after I finished the book. Great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If You Like Banks You Will Love This Jan. 9 2004
In reviewing the book I will not re-hash or give away the plot.
Let me just say that this is a good Peter Robinson Banks mystery that does not disappoint. It has some unusual twists and a suspended fellow police offer. In any case it does what it is supposed to do. You are oblivious to your outer world as you read. Peter is underrated as an author.
Good stuff.
Jack in Toronto
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robinson just keeps getting better. June 16 2014
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Not only is this one of Robinson's best Banks stories, but as is his habit, he references other cases, in other books, that make it almost mandatory that we read them.
His characters, no matter whether they are central, or supporting are well-drawn and live.
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2.0 out of 5 stars okay Oct. 3 2013
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Good story line but kind of slow. Some parts were really suspenseful but a lot was slow and hard to hold my attention for too long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic, but entertaining. March 20 2002
Robinson does a fabulous job of combining some of the realistic
details of violent crime, and police work, along with making
the story an entertaining read.
There is a fine line between the technical details of crime and
police work, on the one hand, and the entertaining, readable
story-telling on the other, but this author knows exactly how
to handle this line, and "Aftermath" is a masterpiece of combining the 2 facets of crime-writing.
This book contains a few necessary "dirty" details, but no more
than is required for this story. Anyone who complains about too
much detail of blood, vicious and depraved motives, and twisted
personalities have no concept of what is present in genuine
crime and the shocks real police officers encounter.
The author touches on, and explores a bit, the very complex
questions of the level of responsibility of a woman involved in
a bloody crime along with her male partner. The fact that he
doesn't present some veneer-thin explanation, that might be
easy to understand, shows his understanding of the difficulty
of explaining and categorizing some of these relationships.
Robinson has said this novel wasn't based on the infamous Bernardo-Homolka case in Ontario, but there are some very
parallel facts present, and we should give credit for some
inspiration from a very real, and more horrific, case than his
work here could convey.
Here is a work that is thought-provoking, realistic and quite
entertaining. Most highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars so glad I discovered him Jan. 28 2002
I have always avoided British mystery writers (my problem!)because of the difficulty with "flow", whatever that means! I am so glad I persevered. This was an excellent book, complex enough, frustrating enough; a good mystery with good character development. I wish there was glossary of terms however as one misses some of the subtle nuances. I will now read the previous books. Look forward to his next one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than average British police mystery Jan. 8 2002
This mystery novel concerns detective work related to identifying a serial killer in the British Midlands. The protagonist is the police detective responsible for solving these crimes. Though he works hard at his job, he makes believable mistakes, particularly because of incomplete information from others and because of his own erroneous assumptions. The complications of his personal life don't help. The book initially succeeds in luring the reader into the same false lead to the killer. As the story develops, the identity of the real killer becomes increasingly obvious. There is a bit too much dialogue about police business. American readers may find the compulsive smoking and drinking somewhat retro.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atmosphere makes it special Dec 17 2001
Responding to a domestic disturbance call, two Yorkshire police officers stumble into a killer's lair. One ends up dead, the other, Janet Taylor, finds herself facing possible murder charges. Detective Superintendent Alan Banks arrives at a scene of bloody carnage to find his serial murder case solved.

The horrific, atmospheric opening scenes of Edgar award-winner Peter Robinson's "Aftermath," set up the whole story - the themes of abuse and psychological damage, police accountability and politics and a host of nagging questions. How does a handsome, popular teacher like Terry Payne end up as serial killer of young girls and how did he lure them so easily? What did his beautiful, abused wife, Lucy, know about the atrocities in the basement of her own house?
The lines of the murder mystery interweave with the private lives of Banks and his team. Banks struggles with the news that his ex-wife is pregnant while Banks' on-again, off-again girlfriend, the ambitious Annie Cabot, is assigned to investigate Janet Taylor's culpability in the death of the serial killer and troubled psychologist Jenny Fuller profiles Lucy Payne, rekindling her attraction to Banks. Another victim of abuse, a neighbor, desperate to help Lucy, uses and is used by the media, garnering possibly dangerous attention. Meanwhile, one of the missing girls is not found in Payne's macabre basement graveyard.
Robinson draws the reader with his superb characterizations and thoughtful pacing. As always, his novel is as much about the world we live in - everyday realities and aberrant fringes - as it is about a particular murder. The tension builds to an explosive climax of split-second timing but the more leisurely twists, turns and missteps of the investigation and the investigators create a human drama that lingers in the mind.
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