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Det. Insp. Alan Banks investigates the apparently motiveless murder of Nicholas Barber, a rock journalist from London visiting a small town near Banks's Yorkshire police precinct, in Robinson's less-than-stellar 14th novel to feature the Yorkshire police detective. Meanwhile, another mystery unfolds in a parallel narrative, the fatal stabbing of a young woman at a local rock festival back in 1969. Needless to say, the cases are intertwined—as Banks puts it, "the past is never over"—and part of the pleasure is trying to piece together the links. Unfortunately, Robinson takes too long to connect the two stories, and the earlier thread suffers from the lack of Banks's engaging presence (though it does capture, with great fidelity, that odd mixture of self-absorption and idealism of the late 1960s and the whole hippie/rock music scene). As always, the author's prose is clear, observant and intelligent, but the story itself is not nearly as compelling as 2005's Strange Affair. 6-city author tour. (June)
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“First rate . . . an addictive crime series . . . bet you can’t read just one.”
— New York Times
“Peter Robinson takes the straightforward police procedural and transforms it into something approaching art.”
— Calgary Herald
Praise for Strange Affair:
“Moody, atmospheric, exciting and deftly plotted. Another explosive read from Robinson.”
— Hamilton Spectator
“Magical storytelling. What [Peter Robinson] produces here is extraordinary.”
— Ottawa Citizen
“Peter Robinson builds a mean mystery.”
— Montreal Gazette
“The best Banks book in years.”
— Winnipeg Sun
From the Hardcover edition.