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Past Reason Hated: An Inspector Banks Mystery Mass Market Paperback

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380733285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380733286
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #502,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By A Customer on Aug. 6 2002
Format: Mass Market 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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When a lovely young woman is found brutally murdered in her Eastvale home a few days before Christmas, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is at first overwhelmed with possible suspects and then completely baffled by finding either too many motives or none at all. It is to the woman’s mysterious past that he must look in order to uncover the killer, a past that takes him back to his old haunts in London and also to a crumbling old mansion housing a young man and his very old father, who have secrets of their own…."Past Reason Hated" is the fifth Inspector Banks novel, and in it we find Banks and his team deepening their relationships and learning how to work together more effectively. The story is crisp and well told, but for me the appeal of this series lies in the compassionate nature of the lead character and the way he interacts with others around him. I don’t think it’s necessary to have read the earlier novels to appreciate this one, but as the series as a whole is a lot of fun, I’d recommend doing so anyway.
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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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By A Customer on Jan. 25 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm happy that I discovered, serendipitously, P. Robinson. He's my favorite mystery writer right now; since I discovered him about 3 months ago, I've read all of his novels. If you like Brit Police procedurals, he's the best--by far. Highly recommended.
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The Inspector Banks mysteries just get better over time and this one is particularly good. An intense, character-driven mystery it is also laced with danger. The complex realtionships between the suspects, the police, and the victim make for gripping reading.
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