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Piece of My Heart Paperback – Apr 27 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Seems that in the earlier case a young woman was found dead in her sleeping bag following a music festival. She had been murdered and was discovered among the bottles, drug paraphernalia and other leavings common to a British outdoor concert at that time. As it turns out she was slain during a Led Zeppelin set. Who was she and why was she killed? All readers initially know is that she had some dealings with a fictional rock band, the Mad Hatters.
This doesn't seem at all the type of crime usually associated with Robinson's popular protagonist Detective Chief Alan Banks. At the present he has more than he can handle. As readers of Strange Affair may remember Banks recently lost his brother, and now he is called to investigate the murder of a stranger who came to Yorkshire a short while ago and then was fatally crowned with a poker.
As it turns out the journalist was working on a piece for MOJO magazine about the Mad Hatters. And, what a band they were - one member went over the deep end (mentally), another drowned in the shallow end of a swimming pool.
Thus are Banks and Detective Inspector Stanley Chadwick, who was assigned to the dead girl's case, drawn together and readers are treated to twin narratives as the mystery of why there is any connection between the two murders is revealed.
Two mysteries for the price of one, both crafted by one of the best writers around.
- Gail Cooke