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A Necessary End (Inspector Banks, No.3) Mass Market Paperback – 2001

3.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon (2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380719460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380719464
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #411,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The quiet town of Eastvale in Yorkshire is rocked by an anti-nuclear demonstration that turns violent. A police constable named Edwin Gill is stabbed to death during the demonstration and Inspector Alan Banks is on the case. Unfortunately, his superior is not the supportive and sensible Superintendent Gristhorpe but "Dirty Dick" Burgess, a sadistic, chauvanistic, hard-drinking CID Superintendent who has a hatred for "commies" and hippie-types. Burgess roars into town and immediately starts threatening the locals, using his bullying style of interrogation to get results.
With Sandra and the kids out of town for a few weeks, Banks has plenty of time to follow a few leads of his own. Most of his suspicions are centered around a commune known as "Maggie's Farm," where some sixties-type people live together. One of the residents, Paul Boyd, is a particularly suspicious character, since he has a lengthy police record. Banks wants to find out if Officer Gill was murdered deliberately or if his killing was merely a random act of violence.
"A Necessary End" is not notable for being a scintillating mystery. The resolution of the story is a bit anti-climactic. What Robinson does well is develop character. From the brutal Dick Burgess to the gentle and loving Mara (who lives in the commune), each character comes alive as a result of Robinson's vivid descriptive writing and realistic dialogue. I recommend "A Necessary End". It is a well-paced novel that is also filled with colorful and authentic Yorkshire atmosphere.
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Banks is one of the more enjoyable fictional detectives because he's a whole person who can't be categorized. The same can be said of the other characters in this readable and satisfying book that, among other things, suggests that you can't tell a person by his politics.
Example: Inspector Burgess, the mean and sometimes mean-spirited visitor from London suspects reds under every bed, left-wing conspiracies behind everything and yet ... likes Billie Holiday. Osmond, who seems a knee-jerk left-winger, talks about the way all anti-nuclear people are presumed to be on the same page on every subject. They're not, he notes, pointing to the anti-abortion position of some left-wing Catholics.
All of this humanizes an interesting detective story. Robinson, who seems to have come to notice in "In A Dry Season'' is up there with the best of the mystery writers and this book is up there with his best.
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By A Customer on April 2 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved Peter Robinson's "Gallow's View." "A Dedicated Man" slipped a bit. Now there's this one, which I didn't even finish. Too much procedure, not enough Banks. Not enough Jenny. The poor wife is nonexistant. That's where the story lies, not with Maggie's Farm. I will try some more Banks, but I don't know if I can keep going if they fail to engage.
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In "A Necessary End," the third novel in Peter Robinson’s series featuring Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, an anti-nuclear demonstration turns tragic as a police officer charged with keeping order is stabbed to death. The trouble is that there were at least 100 people at the demo and nobody saw the actual murder, so Banks has his hands full; worse, London’s central authority has decided to send Superintendent Richard Burgess to oversee Banks’s investigation. Banks has a history with Burgess, and it’s not a pleasant one. It is only a matter of time before the two clash - over methods, over attitudes and over suspects…. Once again, I enjoyed this entry into a long-running series. Banks is an interesting and complex character, and his interactions with others are subtle and ever-evolving, just like in real life. The plot was compelling and the mystery fairly clued; I actually had no idea who the killer was until the big reveal at the end of the book! I generally find that I enjoy detective series more as I read more of the books; this novel is quite early in the evolution of DCI Banks as I believe there are something like two dozen books in the series thus far, which means that I have many months of reading pleasure still ahead of me. Recommended!
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When a demonstration goes out of control, many demonstrators and policemen are left wounded and one constable is found stabbed to death. With over 100 demonstrators, Inspector Banks has his work cut out for him. We meet Jenny Fuller, the psychologist, again, though this time not in a professional capacity. She is dating one of the many suspects of the crime. Is this a crime of passion? Or is it a more sinister premeditated murder using the demonstration as a facade? Banks deals with a number of a fleshed out characters which the reader will quickly empathize with. It is page turner and true to the police procedural form.
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