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Wednesday's Child: An Inspector Banks Novel (Inspector Banks Novels) Mass Market Paperback

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380820498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380820498
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.1 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #372,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Wednesday’s Child," by Peter Robinson, is the sixth novel in his Inspector Alan Banks series. A young woman has let her 7-year-old daughter be taken into custody by a pair of social workers, only to realize later that they have actually abducted the child. Given that she never really warmed to the child to begin with, she is somewhat reluctant to report the crime to the police, but eventually Inspector Alan Banks is called upon to investigate - at least until an unrelated crime, a vicious murder, captures his intention. Or are they unrelated?.... I really enjoy this series by Peter Robinson, partly for the well-drawn characters, partly for the fairly-clued and rather complex plots, and partly for the setting in the Yorkshire Dales of Great Britain. "Wednesday’s Child" (the name derives from the rhyme, said child being “full of woe”) contains all those qualities, plus some interesting insights into Banks and especially his superior officer, Superintendent Gristhorpe. It’s not necessary to have read the previous novels in the series to enjoy this one, although doing so always adds depths of understanding to the reader’s pleasure, of course; recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Is full of woe Oct. 2 2016
By Deborah Wall McGraw - Published on
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I am enjoying each of the Inspector Banks stories more than the previous one, though perhaps enjoyment is the wrong description for a book about an abducted child. I am pleased to have discovered this series.
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Robinson Winner Sept. 30 2007
By zorba - Published on
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"Wednesday's Child" is another outstanding offering from the talented Peter Robinson. Each of his books are carefully constructed police procedurals and Robinson consistently exhibits an ability to build sensitivity, tension and character into each of his novels. This one features Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, the star of most of his novels, but it also gives added dimension to another favorite Robinson character, Detective Superintendent Gristhorpe. The two of them, with their loyal, able Yorkshire police comrades, methodically track down the kidnapper of a little girl. As in all the other Robinson novels, the bad guy is usually not who you think it is. And by the ending, you know that you have read a book written by a literary craftsman. I look forward to reading many more Peter Robinson books.
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read from this author... June 24 2009
By J. Flood - Published on
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I'm working my way through this series very happily. Almost all of them have been top shelf in my estimation. Oddly enough some of the more recent ones are the hardest to find new, even on Amazon. I still haven't Kindled partially because of this series. For older paperback books there really should be some type of discount. I can get the same book in paper brand new or I can pay the same and just get the Kindle version. I do a lot of "author discovery" reading, I'd rather have to be to give away if it comes down to it... Anyway, this series is probably one of my favorite finds of the last couple of years. If you haven't read him, start from the beginning.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 14 2016
By susan m cramer - Published on
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best of Banks Dec 15 2012
By Asher Gabbay - Published on
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"Wednesday's Child" is the sixth book in the Inspector Adam Banks detective series by Peter Robinson.

Seven-year-old Gemma is kidnapped from her home, willingly given away by her confused mother to a well-dressed and well-spoken couple who claimed to be social workers. A couple of days later, the body of a young man is found in the ruins of an old lead mine. Two seemingly unrelated cases which (surprise!) converge into one intricate case for our dear Inspector Banks.

Except Banks plays somewhat of a secondary role in this book. Robinson has chosen to make Banks' boss and sometimes mentor, Superintendent Gristhope, the main lead of the kidnapping investigation. A similar case many years back haunts the veteran detective's memories as he frantically tries to get to the abducted girl before she is murdered. Finding Gemma's bloodied clothes in a field does not raise hopes that he can win this race against time.

The plot of this book is less surprising that in previous Alan Banks books. The abductor/murderer character is revealed well in advance of the ending. It seems Robinson took somewhat of a pause in "Wednesday's Child" to develop some of the characters that surround Banks, most notably Gristhope but also others. In a way I found this book to be a more relaxing read, despite the gruesome crime committed in the very first chapter.

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