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All the Colours of Darkness Paperback – Aug 7 2008

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (Aug. 7 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340836938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340836934
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 23.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,338,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on Oct. 6 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
Robinson's novel is filled with surprises as his intrepid hero DCI Alan Banks is forced to investigate a shocking murder-suicide, trekking from his patch in Eastvale Yorkshire to cosmopolitan London. With a local police constabulary that is perpetually understaffed Banks and his colleague DI Annie Cabbot, are shocked by the apparent suicide of a local theatre director Mark Hardcastle his body found hanging from a tree in Hindswell woods. With DS Gervaise threatening to call him back, Alan is chosen to head up the case. Most likely, Mark's suicide was a result of an argument gone wrong, perhaps even a lover`s tiff, yet both Annie and Alan agree that the incident is rife with problems and inconsistencies. There is more blood on Mark's body that one would expect from a few scratches and the only witness in the case is from the owner of the local hardware store who testifies that Mark came in smelling strongly of whisky and he had appeared oddly calm and subdued.

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.
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The deaths about which much of the plot of Peter Robinson's newest Inspector Banks novel revolves occur just before the opening pages, when a particularly brutal murder is soon followed by the apparent suicide of the prime suspect. All the evidence points to that sequence of events, with none indicating the presence of any third person. The two men had been lovers, and the subsequent investigation turns up photos of the murder victim with another man, the conclusion being obvious: A 'simple case' of extreme jealousy, rage, and remorse. Banks remains unconvinced of that scenario, however, based solely on a nagging suspicion that there is more here than meets the eye; the discovery of a business card which had been in the possession of one of the dead men on which is printed a phone number which does not exist; the fact that so much effort is taken and pressure exerted to ensure that the case is closed and that no further investigation is undertaken; and the feeling that there is some kind of Othello analogy at play.

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.
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