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Playing With Fire Hardcover – Jan 27 2004

3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; 1st Edition edition (Jan. 27 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771076061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771076060
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 662 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,759,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The calm of the English countryside is rudely shattered when two run-down barges on a remote canal explode into flame. When the smoke settles, two charred corpses remain, those of young junkie Tina Aspern and failed artist Tom McMahon. Enter Inspector Alan Banks, on a quest to determine who the intended target was and why. Not an easy challenge, as he encounters a pedophile, art forgers, and an anti-social delinquent (Tina's unfaithful boyfriend Mark), potential suspects all. Peter Robinson gradually unravels this tangled web with typical skill in Playing with Fire, a tightly plotted and suspenseful police procedural that justifies the growing reputation of this English-born, Toronto-based writer. Such peers as Stephen King and Dennis Lehane are admirers, and it is easy to see why.

The crime fiction aficionado can be excused for occasionally getting anxious that the recurring lead character of a long-running series might be about to overstay his welcome. Recent bestsellers in this series like The Summer That Never Was and Cold Is the Grave certainly gave no sign of that. Happily, neither does Playing with Fire, even though it marks Banks's 14th appearance. Robinson continues to dig deep into his protagonist's psyche, and Banks remains a fascinatingly flawed yet likeable character. His neuroses and sometimes petty jealousies, especially in relation to former lover DI Annie Cabbot, are ones we can relate and admit to. And like Ian Rankin, Robinson uses popular music as a signpost for the feelings and personality of his characters. Banks deeply immerses himself in the music of such wonderful singers as Mariza and Cassandra Wilson, while this book's Mark and Tina loved Beth Orton. Some enterprising record label should release an "approved by Robinson/Banks" CD collection. In the meantime, let's hope for many more future titles in this superb series. --Kerry Doole

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"The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are, simply put, the best series now on the market. In fact, this may be the best series of British novels since the novels of Patrick O'Brian. Try one and tell me I'm wrong."
— Stephen King

“As astute a writer as P.D. James.”
Library Journal

“From the first paragraph you are hooked.”
Glasgow Evening Times

“Robinson’s seamless melding of crime and character shows [him] at the top of his game.”
Globe and Mail

“A complex, satisfying read. . . . Banks is the quintessential English hero.”
The Observer

“Robinson has won just about every mystery award there is. His latest shows why.”
Booklist (starred review)

“The Banks books just get better and better.”
Calgary Herald

“Robinson is incapable of writing a dull sentence.”
People

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