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Past Reason Hated: An Inspector Banks Mystery [Mass Market Paperback]

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4.0 out of 5 stars A sensitive policeperson. Aug. 6 2002
Format:Paperback
This is the first Inspector Banks novel, or indeed the first Peter Robinson novel that I have read. I found the plot engrossing, the characters well drawn. Inspector Banks is almost too good to be true, his handling of suspects is sensitive and compassionate. His relationships with his co-workers and family are well portrayed. I loved the musical refferences, in fact I will be looking for several of the pieces mentioned, especially the Vivaldi, you will have to read the book to see what I mean by this. I had figured out "who dun it" before the climax of the book, but that did not detract from my enjoyment. I will be looking for more books by Peter Robinson.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Plodding through the slush Nov. 14 2001
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Chilling portrayal of Yorkshire winter weather. I shivered throughout, from the meteorological descriptions, not the plot. This is an OK British dullsville police procedural of the Greeneland lite school, with a who-cares plot and at least 100 pages of padding. The one who dun it stood out like a sore thumb at first introduction. I give it three instead of two stars because it is literate and the dialogue works. Some interesting asides on twentieth century classical music. I find it difficult to believe that British police can get away with so much drinking on the job. But maybe they can. Maybe that's why it takes them those extra 100 pages to see what's in front of their nose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A murder mystery with a difference. April 11 2001
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"Past Reason Hated," by Peter Robinson, differs from the run-of-the-mill murder mystery. Inspector Banks, who is the sleuth in this series, is always fascinating. He is a chain smoker who enjoys drinking. He loves classical music, although he is not overly intellectual. Banks truly shines in his ability to communicate with suspects in a murder investigation. Banks is the best interviewer in the business. He has unerring intuition when it comes to spotting lies and evasions, and he has a way of getting people to reveal a great deal of themselves. Most of all, he cares about seeing justice done, no matter how long it takes and no matter whom it may hurt. In this novel, a young amateur actress named Caroline Hartley is found brutally murdered. She has had a tumultuous life, and any number of people might have had reason to kill her. Banks interviews those who knew Caroline years ago, as well as those who were closely involved with her shortly before her death. "Past Reason Hated" deals with such themes as struggling to come to terms with one's sexuality, the fears that cause people to commit irrational acts and the complicated and inexplicable nature of human relationships. "Past Reason Hated" is an engrossing and satisfying psychological mystery.
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