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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 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 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Too gruesome and not up to Robinson's standard Nov. 14 2001
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Like another reviewer, I was hoping that this book would live up to the promise of the superb In a Dry Season, one of the best-crafted mysteries of recent years. It did not. The outcome was fairly predictable and some of the issues far fetched. For example, when a serial killer goes after two police officers with a machete (in the first chapter) and kills one, he gets severely beaten by the 2nd officer who is fighting him off with only her baton. We are expected to believe that this policewoman would be under a serious cloud with her career threatened and life destroyed because she inflicted serious injuries on her attacker. I found this simply unbelievable. Even in Britain, she would be considered a hero, not a criminal.
I was also quite disturbed by the graphic descriptions of the serial killer's activities, especially the first scene. It was grotesque but didn't seem to serve much purpose.
Until now, each Robinson book seemed better than the last. I hope he can pick up on that trend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robinson just keeps getting better.
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. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Patricia M. Dryburgh
2.0 out of 5 stars okay
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.
Published 12 months ago by Melody
5.0 out of 5 stars so glad I discovered him
I have always avoided British mystery writers (my problem!)because of the difficulty with "flow", whatever that means! I am so glad I persevered. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2002 by P. L. Howland
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than average British police mystery
This mystery novel concerns detective work related to identifying a serial killer in the British Midlands. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2002 by M. A Michaud
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to In a Dry Season
I love Peter Robinson's work, and I thought *In a Dry Season* was a superb novel. I must say I found *Aftermath* something of a letdown -- I don't think Robinson fully transcended... Read more
Published on Dec 11 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars first rate british procedural
peter robinson, never disapoints Aftermath was no exception
this is a book to burn the midnight oil for, especially
the twist in the tail a "must read"
Published on Nov. 23 2001 by Carol A. Curd
5.0 out of 5 stars Admittedly prejudiced.
I have loved Peter Robinson since reading his first book. He has continued to develop the character of Alan Banks and the women that populate his life, all appearing in... Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2001 by Diana C Pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars an exceptional novel
"Aftermath" by Peter Robinson is an excellent and precise look at police procedure. More accurately, it is a look at what happens after the police have 'nabbed' the... Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2001 by tregatt
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