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All the Colours of Darkness [Paperback]

Peter Robinson
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4.0 out of 5 stars Banks is Back Oct. 6 2008
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Ohh, it was with great happiness and anticipation that I settled in on the couch with the newly released 'All the Colours of Darkness'!

This is the 18th book in the Inspector Banks series from Peter Robinson. Every last one has been a great read and this one was no exception.

The series takes place in England and has followed the career of Alan Banks and his co workers. Just as interesting is Banks' personal life. Over 18 novels, it has been fascinating to follow the progressions of the character's lives. It gives such a realistic note to the books and makes the characters even more believable. Banks' fondness for listening to all types of music has more than once sent me on a search for a CD, just to hear what he has described.

Annie Cabot's (Banks' partner and ex-lover) latest case appears to be a suicide by hanging on a school property. However, when she finds the man's lover bludgeoned to death, Banks is called back to work from a weekend away. The case takes an even more curious turn when one of the victims is discovered to have worked for M16 - Britain's Security and Secret Intelligence Services. Even more curious is the speed at which the case is declared closed. Murder suicide - the end. Bank's supervisor, Inspector Gervaise, insists on him taking some time off and to accept that the case is closed. While agreeing, Banks decides to investigate further on the sly and enlists the help of Annie Cabot and Winsome Jackman. And they do discover more....

"Oh, jealousy, betrayal, envy, ambition, greed, lust, revenge. The usual stuff of Shakespearean tragedies. All the colours of darkness."

This case borrows from current headlines and as always is an intelligent mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series Sept. 16 2013
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I started this series somewhere in the middle as I was offered a copy from a friend and have since read every book in the series. When a new Peter Robinson book comes out I plan for a weekend of pure indulgence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Banks A Hit March 31 2013
By James A. Anderson TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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My first Peter Robinson and Inspector Banks novel. And I really enjoyed it.

Stellar book with multi-level plot, many twists and turns and intricate characters. I especially liked the intrigue wtih MI6 and the stunning ending of the book.

I plan to read more of Inspector Banks. I was introduced through the TV series which ran here recently. Peter Robinson is another great Canadian mystery writer, who lives in Toronto, even though he sets his novels in his native Yorkshire.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 27 2014
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Great book - ending not the best
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. . . as you fall asleep. This book has the ingredients that should make a nicely-paced, well-detailed and rounded murder mystery thriller, but the ingredients are placed amiss. It is brutally hard to get into this one and I for one, failed to finish. Judging by other reviews, perhaps I should give Robinson another chance, since he's apparently produced much better work.
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2.0 out of 5 stars All the colours of darkness Sept. 13 2009
By E. Lau
I picked this book up with great anticipation, having read 4 others, In A Dry Season being the first, lucky me!
I was disappointed with this 18th book of Robinson's; I couldn't even finish it. I read half the book, and I found the story-line to be rather boring. It certainly wasn't up to this author's usual standard, based on his other books that I have read. I agree with Manning, if you are a new reader, don't start off with this one. You will be disappointed.
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