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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Watching the Dark: An Inspector Banks Novel by Peter Robinson
The murder of a fellow
detective coupled with the discovery of some rather compromising
photos in the dead man’s possession get Detective Chief Inspector
Alan Banks assigned to a case that has more twists than a narrow,
Alpine mountain road.
When it appears that the
dead detective’s case is linked to the disappearance of an English
girl in Estonia six years previously, Banks heads off to the
Continent to do some digging. It doesn’t take him long to realize
the local authorities aren’t too anxious to open the cold case and
assist him in discovering what happened to the girl.
Meanwhile, in what appears
to be a totally different investigation, Detective Inspector Annie
Cabbot is looking into a local situation that involves a migrant
labor scam. Just the tip of the iceberg, this case is far more
detailed and involves much more serious crimes.
Eventually Banks and
Cabbot’s investigations connect for an ending that will have the
reader shaking his/her head in wonder or dismay. Previous reader
reflections on this latest Banks’ caper have been very, very mixed.
While many readers liked it, it seems almost an equal number were
not too impressed.
What’s my advice? If
you have read the other novels in the series, by all means give this
one a try, but if you have never read Robinson before, don’t begin
with this one. Try an earlier novel such as Strange Affair, Friend of the Devil or Innocent Graves.