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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.
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.
Jack in Toronto
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished 20 months ago by Patricia M. Dryburgh
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 on Oct. 3 2013 by Melody
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 morePublished on Jan. 28 2002 by P. L. Howland
This mystery novel concerns detective work related to identifying a serial killer in the British Midlands. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2002 by M. A Michaud
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 morePublished on Dec 11 2001