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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
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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa7774bc4) out of 5 stars 64 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7768870) out of 5 stars An excellent Inspector Banks mystery. May 29 2001
By E. Bukowsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Peter Robinson's "Wednesday's Child" is about the abduction of a young girl named Gemma by a man and woman posing as child care workers. They take Gemma from her negligent and abusive mother who is too ignorant to realize that this couple are a pair of impostors . In addition, a low-class hoodlum is found viciously murdered near an abandoned smelting mill. Are these two events related? Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and his colleagues, Superintendent Gristhorpe, Susan Gay and Phil Richmond, combine forces to uncover a cunning plan by a pair of malevolent criminals, one of whom is extremely dangerous and unpredictable. Robinson, as usual, captures the Yorkshire ambiance perfectly. His ear for dialogue is uncanny and he has a remarkable talent for setting a scene perfectly and creating memorable characters. The mystery and its solution are thoroughly satisfying. "Wednesday's Child" is a wonderful and engrossing thriller by a master of the genre.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa77688c4) out of 5 stars Mystery with a heart March 20 2004
By Karen Potts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Chief Inspector Banks is called in to investigate the disappearance of a little girl named Gemma. Her bewildered mother has let her go with people who claimed to be from a child welfare agency, but instead they kidnapped her. Banks is haunted by the picture of the child, as she resembles the inspector's own daughter. Following this, there is a grisly murder of a man who may have been connected to the missing girl. It is up to Banks and Detective Superintendant Gristhorpe to put together the pieces of the two puzzles into a coherant whole. All of this time these grizzled policemen keep a mental picture of Gemma in mind as motivation to solving the crimes. This is another well-written Detective Banks Mystery by Peter Robinson.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7768cfc) out of 5 stars Not the Best of Banks Dec 15 2012
By Asher Gabbay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa794d0d8) out of 5 stars Another good Inspector Banks mystery Jan. 21 2014
By Tina in Florida - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Wednesday’s Child by Peter Robinson is another good read in the Inspector Banks series. These detective procedural books always keep my interest. I have grown to like Alan Banks and am happy there are at least 10 more books in the series for me to follow.

This book focuses on two mysteries, seemingly without connection to one another. Seven-year old Gemma Scupham is abducted when a well-dressed couple pose as social workers, taking her away on the pretense of abuse. Gemma’s mother didn’t take care of her child very well, not physically harming her but neglecting her and so, she surmised this was all legitimate. She allowed the “social workers” to make off with her daughter. Now it’s considered an abduction case, the detectives fearing pornographic ring and poor Gemma.

In the meantime, the body of man is found in an abandoned mine shaft. He was gutted so it’s a murder by someone he knew or trusted to get so close to him. Are both crimes related? Could it be a connection to the child abduction or a recent warehouse heist?

For a change Superintendant Gristhorpe (Banks boss and more of a supporting “cast member” in these mysteries) has a larger role, taking over the investigation of the child abduction. It’s interesting to read some of his back story and see him in action.

Among the many wonderfully descriptive phases in this novel, this one stood out as a favorite of mine:

“Sometimes, thought Banks, the creaking machinery of the law was a welcome prophylactic on his desire to reach out and throttle someone.”

I totally get that. The planet would be a better place eliminating evil people causing heartache. Banks restrains himself from taking them out because he IS an officer of the law and not a vigilante. But like Walter Mitty, sometimes we find our own solutions in our imaginations, never acting on them but…. the thoughts arise all the same.

Food items are mentioned:

Wensleydale cheese-and-pickle sandwich

Le Bistro’s Shrimp Provencale and a glass of wine – Le Bistro was one of Eastvale’s newest cafes. Tourism, the dale’s main industry, had increased and many Americans drawn to do the “James Herriott” tour wanted more than fish and chips and warm beer.

Gristhorpe and Banks ate roast beef sandwiches as they compared leads. Getting close to solving the mystery as they exchanged information and ate their lunch was a good place to take my inspiration. Drinks figure prominently the daily activities of our hard working detectives. But I didn’t want an ale or wine for this book. Liquor was the ticket. A drink is always offered by those who are visited by Chief Inspector Alan Banks.

For my food association (on [...] ) I made a Manhattan. Bottoms up!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa794d1bc) out of 5 stars Wednesday's child is wooden. June 29 2003
By Rafik - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As far as police procedurals go, this is sort-of ok. For my taste though, the characters are a little flat and too one dimensional. I could not get through this bland piece of soft-boiled prose and had to put it down unfinished. I found Banks and his companions very wooden and not believable. Excluding the victim, there was not enough to go on to feel any true sympathy for the other characters. The plot line IS interesting but gets to a point of being turgid. Perhaps I'll give it another try someday.

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