Gallows View: The First Inspector Banks Mystery Mass Market Paperback – 2000
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DCI Alan Banks, a recent transfer to the Eastvale CID, finds himself embroiled in a series of mysteries for his first major case. A number of Peeping Tom incidents leaves the women of Eastvale rather vary. To make matters worse, two teenagers appear to be carrying out a series of break-ins and vandalisms. The situation turns nasty when an elderly woman is found dead in her vandalized home.
The affable Banks finds himself personally enmeshed in the situation when the investigation hits a little too close to home. The tension grows when Banks tries to remain faithful to this wife, amid the growing attraction he feels towards another woman...
The novel has a perfect (if not slightly contrived) ending - all the different threads are neatly tied together, and the intricate details carefully explained. The readers are even left feeling somewhat sympathetic towards the criminals in this novel.
Furthermore, unlike some of the other police procedurals I've read, there appears to be far less internal tension and strife within the Eastvale CID - the police officers tend to work as a team and get along fairly well. I found this a welcome change from some of the other series where the main character appears to be constantly rubbing shoulders with his superior or junior officers.
All said, Gallows View is an excellent beginning to this superb long-lasting series, and well worth the read.
When Alan moved his family to Eastvale, in Yorkshire, he thought he would find the quiet life as compared to his previous post in London. For a while it did work that way. But as Chief Inspector he became involved in all the illegal going ons in town. At first it was a case of break and enter at a few seniors houses. Next, there were several reports of peeping toms. Banks had just arranged to work with Psychologist Jenny Fuller when was informed of a dead woman, possibly the result of another break and enter. Life was no longer seeming so peaceful in Eastvale.
I was taken in by this audio book almost from the first minutes. I didn't want to press stop. In fact, I listened to the whole book twice over and found it just as gripping the second time.
I thought that with such a busy and complicated job, Banks would keep his home life simple, and perhaps he had been doing that. That is, until he met Jenny. There is something about her that he finds highly attractive and it's not just a physical thing. He loves his wife Sandra and would never hurt her but....
With Jenny's help, he sets out to discover whether these cases could possibly be related and what type of person or persons could be committing them. Banks is a very by the books kind of police, he dots his i's and crosses his t's, and when something doesn't make sense he digs further. This is the type of story that a reader can really dig into. Lots of details to ponder.Read more ›
Banks and his family have moved from London to a small town in Yorkshire. They're settling in well when a Peeping Tom case complicates Bank's life. To appease the local feminists, an attractive female psychologist is asked to consult. Enter the human side of Banks -- struggling with temptations. Then a series of burglaries escalates into murder in a neighborhood called "Gallows View." It may be a small town but it certainly isn't boring.
I read this book in a day. The writing is tight, the characters were genuine and the mysteries developed nicely. Robinson is a native of Yorkshire and one gets a nice sense of place. Fans of Inspectors Morse and Barnaby are likely to enjoy Banks too.
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I read this novel when it was first published and this is the 2nd time I've re read it as I have all his subsequent novels. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Freda McDermott
Great story. I was pleased to see a whole lot more--but when I looked at the prices, I begged off. Penguin is not doing itself or its authors any good by keeping prices so high. Read morePublished 13 months ago by George Hancocks
Chief Inspector Alan Banks has moved, with his wife and two children, from the chaos of London to the Yorkshire Dales, hoping to find a slower pace of life and less crime. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Alison S. Coad
I love all the series but this is the first and gives an introduction to Inspector Banks.Published 15 months ago by Sharon Johnson
Entertaining read that I bought on a whim. Will have to look at more of the series.Published 20 months ago by Pierre LeClair
Sorry, I did not read this novel but gave it as a gift to my friend who said it was a good story.Published on March 13 2014 by B_Lanna
I read all of inspector Banks books by Peter Robinson. They are all very good. I would recommend this series for anyone ho likes mystery novelsPublished on Dec 7 2013 by Hilary Redpath
An early one, good but the later ones are better. He has honed his craft in the later stories. But still a good read, hard to put down!Published on Aug. 20 2013 by Karen Phinney