All the Colours of Darkness Paperback – Aug 7 2008
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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.Read more ›
Othello is the current production of the amateur theater group performing at the Eastvale Theater, where the suicide victim worked. When Banks attends the play with his girlfriend, he describes it to her as being about 'jealousy, betrayal, envy, ambition, greed, lust, revenge . . . All the colors of darkness." Of the murder victim, he is told others only saw "a small part of him. The rest was shades of darkness, shadows, smoke and mirrors." And, as the end of the book nears, Banks perceives "all of it nothing but a distortion of the darkness he was beginning to believe lay at the center of everything.Read more ›
Fielding enquiries at the local theatre company where Mark worked as a set designer, Annie and Alan learn that Mark had lately been a bit edgy after he had gone on a trip to London with Derek Wyman, a teacher at the Eastvale Comprehensive and a self-confessed theatre aficionado. Wyman is a happily married man with children and quick to explain to Annie and Alan that he and Mark were just amicable colleagues with a shared interest in theater and film. As the detectives continue their investigation, a portrait steadily develops of a young man who lived for his work. Although Mark always seemed cheerful, deep down he was very unhappy and unfulfilled until he met the as a wealthy sophisticate Lawrence Silbert.Read more ›
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Robinson writes a very good book, then a not good book, excuse my poor English. This was a poor book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by A. Hill
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. Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2013 by Christine Wilson
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. Read more
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I picked this book up with great anticipation, having read 4 others, In A Dry Season being the first, lucky me! Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2009 by Nevy
I'm afraid very little colour appeared . The sub-plots of an MI6 , a long, tedious autumn-spring turmoil of a past-sell-by-date policeman.... Read morePublished on March 11 2009 by W. Taylor
Two men are found dead, one brutally beaten in his apartment and the other hanging from a tree in a local park. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2008 by Nicola Mansfield