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on March 17, 2002
For those hunting for all Peter Robinson books, you should note that "Blood at the Root" was originally published in the UK as "Dead Right". Don't go ordering both....
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on October 17, 2000
Having loved Robinson's splendid novel, "In a Dry Season," I have become a big fan of this talented author. Even though "Blood at the Root" is not a top notch mystery, it still features the charismatic Inspector Alan Banks. Banks is a music-loving detective with marital problems and a penchant for drinking when he gets depressed. He is also having problems with his supervisor, who absolutely loathes him. In short, Banks is a flawed individual, but when he gets on the scent of the suspect, he is persistent in tracking down any criminal unlucky enough to be in his sights. Unfortunately, this time around, Banks is mired in a dull mystery. The plot revolves around neo-Nazi types who are trying to foster racial hatred in their community. One of their members is found brutally murdered, and the main suspects are Pakistani youths who had an argument with the victim before he was killed. The victim, as well as the other people who figure in this mystery, are not particularly compelling. However, I am still impressed with Robinson's sharp dialogue and his ability to delineate characters, and I will continue to read his work.
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on July 22, 2016
This publisher seems to be in the habit of publishing old books (this one was "Dead Right") under new titles. Amazon might at least add a "previously published as" line to the blurb. Get fewer returns that way.
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on July 17, 1999
I had never read any of Peter Robinson's previous books and didn't really know what to expect. Well there were really 'No worries'. The book moves crisply filling in the gaps of the story in a intelligent way and creating a interesting read. I really enjoyed the character of 'Inspecter Alan Banks' a complex and enjoyble creation. Plus he's a very good detective...
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on February 4, 2002
In this novel things are not as they seem. Inspector Banks is sent to investigate a beating death outside of the English pub areas. Everything seems cut and dried at first since the victim was a renowned racist who was seen arguing with a group of Pakistani youths. If it were that simple there would not be a novel.
The book focuses on hatred and drug dealing. Inspector Banks is having major personal problems that at times might hinder his investigation. This is my second Inspector Banks novel (PAST REASON HATED being first). I intend to continue reading the series because I have heard many positive things about the character in other novels. This book was good but not as good as the one I previously read.
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on March 21, 2016
It has some great pieces but a lot of it is a stretch. The Dick Burgess character always just seems like padding and a plot contrivance. But a lot of it is good solid Robinson investigative work.
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on July 16, 2016
The usual excellent writing by Peter, but a bit old hat in the story race/relations line in the light of today.
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on November 30, 2014
Rivetting! Don't start unless you don't have to get up the next morning.
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When the badly beaten body of a young man is found in an alley late one Saturday night, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks not surprisingly assumes that it was the result of a drunken pub fight gone too far, but very soon he discovers that it is far more complicated than that. The victim was a known racist who had had a run-in with some Pakistani youngsters earlier that very same night, but even bringing those youths in for questioning is a delicate matter. And then there’s the question of the young man’s racist associates, who are only too pleased to blame the Pakistani kids…."Dead Right" is the ninth Inspector Banks novel, and one that includes far more than just the crime. There is the matter of British racism and nationalism, not an easy topic to tackle, and Banks must also deal with trouble in his own home, as well as the machinations of a superior officer who has it in for him. Quite a rich mix this time around, and definitely worth reading, but be aware that the final scene is particularly gruesome and might not be for everyone. Recommended!
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on July 26, 1999
Robinson has really let his characters loose in Blood At the Root. At every turn, he and Susan Gay find themselves questioning themselves, their relationships and their professions. The story is topical and really interesting, but I was a little frustrated by some of the digressions. This is a great series
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