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Bad Boy (Inspector Alan Banks Series #19)

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  • Posted October 4, 2010

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    One bad boy gets caught and the other is a police inspector

    Peter Robinson writes a good mystery. Full stop. However, this novel in the series reminds us of the difficulties of crafting a believable story--keeping the characters true to their natures while adding complications and fixes without adding too many extraneous details. There were a couple times in this novel when I found myself watching Robinson struggle with a plot line. He managed admirably in the end, but the seams did show a bit. Not so much as to put us off him. It's all part of reading a long series. Our main man, Inspector Banks, was in California (!) for the beginning of the novel, and I must admit, my interest spiked to think we might get unvarnished insights into the American way of life from the sometimes impolitic police inspector. Alexis de Tocqueville he was not. But the story careened into mayhem in England without him on site, and then was brought to heel when he returned. I'll always look forward to more of Peter Robinson.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Another "Banks" shot.

    This is yet another tour de force for Peter Robinson's flawed modern hero-policeman. The writerly skill with which Robinson mixes descriptions of mundane modern police work and the colorful life in the local pubs, ("...a pint and a pie..."),exposes us to the day to day lives of his cast of players, while leading us down the twisting path of uncovering the work of the bad guys. Despite the obvious value to a reader of some previous knowledge of character and context, one can easily pick up any of Robinson's Inspector Banks stories, and become immediately enveloped by the angst of locale and story line. In particular, if you know any anglophiles these Robinson books are for them.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Peter Robinson at his best

    Bad Boy has a complex plot, many characters, and few flaws. A fairly straightforward murder expands into a web of baffling interconnected criminal activity, which Annie and Alan struggle to decipher. Buy this book, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    I enjoyed this book

    I'm going to go back and read the earlier Inspector Alan Banks books. I have read about seven of this series already and want to go back and read many more. I don't think the first six are available in Nook format, but I will start with book #7.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    Recommended, especially if you like Robinson

    Another in the continuing Inspector Banks series...good story, keeps you reading, the descriptions of Banks' musical interests and of the locales add personality and color.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A throughly enjoyable addition to the Inspector Banks series

    Juliet Doyle has come to the Eastvale Police Station to speak with Inspector Alan Banks. You see, they used to be neighbors many years ago and she trusts her old neighbor to help with a family "situation." When she arrives at the station, she's disappointed to learn that Inspector Banks has taken a holiday - all the way to the United States. Banks' partner, Annie Cabbot, steps in to help the woman who is reluctant to speak with a stranger. Eventually, Annie is able to extract from Juliet the fact that her daughter Erin has a gun in her bedroom. This is a criminal offense in England so the police send an armed team to retrieve the gun. Juliet had simply wanted Inspector Banks to slip over to their house and defuse the situation. What she gets is an explosive situation that leaves one person dead. Erin's gun is soon traced to her boyfriend, Jaffar McCready, a young man with a rather seedy past. By the time the police get to Jaff's apartment, he's long gone. The catch is that he made his escape with the help of Erin's roommate, Tracy Banks. Yes, Tracy is the daughter of Inspector Banks. Tracy originally thought Jaff was simply running to avoid arrest as the owner of the retrieved gun, and by the time she learns the truth, it's too late - she's the man's hostage. Enter Inspector Banks who must solve the mystery behind Jaff's criminal past if he's to find the pair's whereabouts. Robinson is at his best in Bad Boy as the story moves briskly and easily draws the reader into the mystery. This is much more than a story about a stolen gun - it involves gangsters, drugs and a criminal from Banks' past. While the big climax scene seemed a bit too easily resolved, the suspense throughout the rest of the book was quite satisfying. If you love Inspector Banks to the point of wanting to read books that deal solely with his exploits, this may not be your favorite book in the series. He apparently likes to take long vacations as he is away for about half the book. There are little snippets of his time in the States, but the primary focus for about 150 pages is Annie Cabbot and her evolving detective skills. I enjoyed learning more about Annie and felt the author did a good job of developing her character. I hope to see her play a more prominent role in future books. Quill says: A thoroughly enjoyable addition to the Inspector Banks series.

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  • Posted August 19, 2010

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    This is an excellent entry in the long running Banks police procedural series

    Tracy Banks believes her friend Erin Doyle is dating a nasty person Jaff McCready. Erin's mom would agree with that assessment as she finds an illegal gun amongst Erin's possession. She reports this to the Eastvale police.

    A charmer, Jaff persuades Tracy to flee the country with him and though she should know better she agrees to go with him. Jaff and Tracy hide in the Yorkshire house of her father Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks while is in the States. Meanwhile Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot leads the investigation into Jaff's whereabouts. Tracy opens up Jaff's suitcase to find it filled drugs, money and a gun. His allure ends for her so he turns ugly holding her hostage even as her dad returns from overseas to find his daughter in danger.

    This is an excellent entry in the long running Banks police procedural series even with the lead playing at best a tertiary role (being overseas) in the first half of the novel. Even with the hero away, the story line is fast-paced throughout and when he returns the DCI conflicts between being the father of a hostage and the cop working a hostage situation arises. With an underlying theme of how the British feel about guns (and the gun laws) accentuated by the actions of Erin's mom, Peter Robinson affirms what his fans already know that you can bank on him for a powerful tale.

    Harriet Klausner

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