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Blood at the Root (An Inspector Alan Banks Mystery) [Mass Market Paperback]

Peter Robinson
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Robinson's best. Oct. 17 2000
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Having loved Robinson's splendid novel, "In a Dry Season," I have become a big fan of this talented author. Even though "Blood at the Root" is not a top notch mystery, it still features the charismatic Inspector Alan Banks. Banks is a music-loving detective with marital problems and a penchant for drinking when he gets depressed. He is also having problems with his supervisor, who absolutely loathes him. In short, Banks is a flawed individual, but when he gets on the scent of the suspect, he is persistent in tracking down any criminal unlucky enough to be in his sights. Unfortunately, this time around, Banks is mired in a dull mystery. The plot revolves around neo-Nazi types who are trying to foster racial hatred in their community. One of their members is found brutally murdered, and the main suspects are Pakistani youths who had an argument with the victim before he was killed. The victim, as well as the other people who figure in this mystery, are not particularly compelling. However, I am still impressed with Robinson's sharp dialogue and his ability to delineate characters, and I will continue to read his work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Note change of title from UK edition March 17 2002
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For those hunting for all Peter Robinson books, you should note that "Blood at the Root" was originally published in the UK as "Dead Right". Don't go ordering both....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and intelligent July 17 1999
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I had never read any of Peter Robinson's previous books and didn't really know what to expect. Well there were really 'No worries'. The book moves crisply filling in the gaps of the story in a intelligent way and creating a interesting read. I really enjoyed the character of 'Inspecter Alan Banks' a complex and enjoyble creation. Plus he's a very good detective...
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a series that keeps getting better July 26 1999
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Robinson has really let his characters loose in Blood At the Root. At every turn, he and Susan Gay find themselves questioning themselves, their relationships and their professions. The story is topical and really interesting, but I was a little frustrated by some of the digressions. This is a great series
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the others Feb. 4 2002
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In this novel things are not as they seem. Inspector Banks is sent to investigate a beating death outside of the English pub areas. Everything seems cut and dried at first since the victim was a renowned racist who was seen arguing with a group of Pakistani youths. If it were that simple there would not be a novel.
The book focuses on hatred and drug dealing. Inspector Banks is having major personal problems that at times might hinder his investigation. This is my second Inspector Banks novel (PAST REASON HATED being first). I intend to continue reading the series because I have heard many positive things about the character in other novels. This book was good but not as good as the one I previously read.
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