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A distraught woman arrives at the Eastvale police station desperate to speak to Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. But since Banks is away on holiday, his partner, Annie Cabbot, steps in. The woman tells Annie that she's found a loaded gun hidden in the bedroom of her ...

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Overview

Acclaimed internationally bestselling author Peter Robinson delivers a fast-paced, nail-biting thriller in which Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks must face his most challenging and personal case yet

A distraught woman arrives at the Eastvale police station desperate to speak to Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. But since Banks is away on holiday, his partner, Annie Cabbot, steps in. The woman tells Annie that she's found a loaded gun hidden in the bedroom of her daughter, Erin—a punishable offense under English law. When an armed response team breaks into the house to retrieve the weapon, the seemingly straightforward procedure quickly spirals out of control.

But trouble is only beginning for Annie, the Eastvale force, and Banks, and this time, the fallout may finally do the iconoclastic inspector in. For it turns out that Erin's best friend and roommate is none other than Tracy Banks, the DCI's daughter, who was last seen racing off to warn the owner of the gun, a very bad boy indeed.

Thrust into a complicated and dangerous case intertwining the personal and the professional as never before, Annie and Banks—a bit of a bad boy himself—must risk everything to outsmart a smooth and devious psychopath. Both Annie and Banks understand that it's not just his career hanging in the balance, it's also his daughter's life.

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Publishers Weekly
Robinson tries something different in his excellent 19th novel to feature Det. Chief Insp. Alan Banks (after All the Colors of Darkness) by keeping the Yorkshire policeman offstage for the first half of the book. Banks's daughter, Tracy, knows that her friend, Erin Doyle, is dating a bad boy. But she doesn't know how bad Jaff McCready is until the recovery of a gun at Erin's parents' home results in a fatal accident. Before Tracy knows what's happening, Jaff whisks her on an adventure, eventually hiding out at Banks's house while her father is on holiday in America. As Det. Insp. Annie Cabbot searches for Jaff, Tracy's infatuation turns sour when she finds Jaff's suitcase of drugs, money, and a gun, and becomes his hostage. When Banks returns to Yorkshire, he has to balance his roles as a cop and a father. Robinson deftly integrates Banks's personal life with an acute look at British attitudes about police, guns, and violence in this strong entry in a superb series. (Sept.)
Booklist
“Another outstanding crime novel from Robinson.”
Library Journal
. $25.99. MDCI Alan Banks's daughter, Tracy, has been feeling neglected lately. Her brother's music career has taken off, and she is still working in a bookstore while she tries to decide what she wants to do with her life. When suave and handsome bad boy Jaff McCready enters her life, she is ready for romance and vulnerable to his superficial charm. An illegal firearm found in her roommate's possession is traced to Jaff, and he convinces Tracy to leave the country with him. But she soon becomes his prisoner, as he holds her hostage in order to protect himself from the police. Banks must tread carefully if he is to save his daughter from this volatile and unstable young man. Verdict Branching out into new territory, Robinson's 19th installment in the Inspector Banks series (after All the Colors of Darkness) is more of a suspense story than a "whodunit." Excellent characterization and skillful plotting make this an engrossing read. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 4/1/10.]—Linda Oliver, MLIS, Colorado Springs
Kirkus Reviews

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks returns from a reflective U.S. vacation to contend with the abduction of his daughter and the shooting of his female partner.

In the 19th novel in British author Robinson's series, the Yorkshire inspector has no sooner gotten over the emotional fallout of the terror attack and romantic betrayal of his last adventure than he is hit with a double dose of upsetting news: His 24-year-old daughter Tracy is being held captive by a drug dealer being sought on a gun charge, and his partner and former lover Annie Cabbot is in critical condition after being shot by the dealer. Complicating matters is the fact that Tracy and the dealer, Jaff, the slick boyfriend of one of her flat mates, were sexually involved before life on the lam turned bad. It's up to Banks and his supporting cast of Eastvale cops to link Jaff to an unsolved killing from several years back and a brutal gang involved in the sex trade. The threat to Tracy is kept at a low boil; even after Jaff ties her up and rapes her, in her father's bed, the two act like any sparring couple. Her acting out with drugs, piercings, an assumed name and an unstable bad boy because her father neglected her in favor of his rock-star son Brian is superficially handled. And Annie's recovery is never in doubt. But the recharging feelings between Banks and Annie raise expectations for the next installment.

A lightweight but entertaining outing.

Booklist (starred review) on Bad Boy
“Another outstanding crime novel from Robinson.”
Jeffery Deaver
“Robinson once again achieves the high bar he’s set in all his previous Inspector Banks books: gut-wrenching plotting alongside heart-wrenching portraits of the characters who populate his world, not to mention the top-notch police procedure. This one will stay with you for a long time.”
Joseph Wambaugh
“A murderous psychopath presents Alan Banks with the most intensely personal challenge of the maverick detective’s storied career. Superbly cinematic from the beginning to the explosive finale, this would be a thrilling movie.”
Strand magazine on Bad Boy
“Bad Boy is very, very good indeed.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch on Bad Boy
“A top-notch thriller that further advances Banks’ development as one of the most intriguing characters in detective fiction….With emotional literacy and inexorable momentum that builds tension to the breaking point, Robinson reaffirms his place in the top cadre of police-procedural writers.”
Booklist on Bad Boy
“Another outstanding crime novel from Robinson.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061362958
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/24/2010
  • Series: Inspector Alan Banks Series , #19
  • Pages: 341
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Robinson's award-winning novels have been named a Best-Book-of-the-Year by Publishers Weekly, a Notable Book by the New York Times, and a Page-Turner-of-the-Week by People magazine. Robinson was born and raised in Yorkshire, but has lived in North America for more than twenty-five years. He now divides his time between North America and the U.K.

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Interviews & Essays

Two of the very best writers working in the suspense genre today are Peter Robinson and Tess Gerritsen. Peter Robinson’s Inspector Banks series welcomes its 19th book with the upcoming Bad Boy. And Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli & Isles series just saw the publication of Ice Cold, the 8th entry. These two authors, both at the height of their craft, share a well-deserved reputation for their skill at characterization and setting within their stories. They also have just both seen their books turned into television series. But as much as they have in common as suspense novelists, they have as many differences as well. Below, they answer questions about their work, their characters and the state of suspense novels today.

QUESTION: Tess, you have just published your eighth Rizzoli & Isles novel. And Peter, your 19th Inspector Banks! Do you feel like you’re still discovering new things about your main characters? How do you keep the characters so fresh for readers and fresh for yourselves?

Tess Gerritsen: Because I never plan anything out ahead of time, I'm always in the process of learning about my characters. Without a biographical sketch to guide me, I discover things about my heroines as the stories unfold. Only in Body Double did I discover that Maura's mother was a serial killer. Only in The Mephisto Club did I find out Jane's dad is involved in some hanky-panky with a bimbo. And that's what keeps the stories fun to write because I never know who is going to come into their lives and who is going to cause complications.

Peter Robinson: I think I keep Banks fresh by discovering new things about him, or by giving him new problems to solve, both in his job and in his personal life. In Bad Boy, he’s travelling in the American Southwest, taking a much-needed break after the events of All the Colors of Darkness. It is a landscape he has never encountered before, and he learns from it. He also learns to put his problems in perspective and heal himself in the process. Of course, there a new and more serious problems waiting when he gets home, but that’s another matter…

QUESTION: Where do the ideas for cases come from? Are any based in reality?

Tess: Most of my books are inspired by true stories. Vanish, for instance, came from an article I'd read about a young woman found dead in a bathtub, with empty pill bottles nearby. Police assumed it was a suicide, and she was zipped into a body bag and sent to the morgue. Where, a few hours later, she woke up. The idea of waking up in a body bag or morgue refrigerator was so creepy that I knew it had to be turned into a book.

Likewise, Ice Cold was inspired by a true incident that happened in 1968 in Utah. It's now referred to as the "Dugway Incident." That March morning, sheep farmers drove out to their pastures to discover thousands of sheep lying dead, for reasons no one could explain. And not just sheep died -- birds fell out of the sky and rodents were found dead as well. Thirty years later, the file on the Dugway Incident was declassified by the U.S. government, and the explanation was something that truly unsettled me, because it could happen again. That became the core around which I wrote Ice Cold.

Peter: I suppose some are based in reality, at least in part. Quite often a newspaper article gives me the trigger, but it’s usually a very minor thing, not the big, front-page crime stories. In the case of Bad Boy, it was an article in the Guardian Weekend magazine about parents turning in their children for drug possession or, in this case, possession of a handgun. It didn’t take much imagination to figure out how things could easily go awry and provide the basis for a plot.

QUESTION: Your main characters are the classic tough on the outside detectives that you have both infused with complicated inner lives that inform their work. Can you discuss the fine line writers walk when depicting their characters’ vulnerabilities? And how does this differ when writing female characters versus male characters?

Tess: As a woman who once worked in what was a very male-dominated field (medicine, back in the 70s). I understand why working women have to hide their weaknesses. If our colleagues think we're vulnerable, we lose credibility in their eyes. So women in these fields adapt. They learn to project strength and invulnerability. But we are, after all, human beings and the same insecurities and fears that beset all women also beset women cops and women doctors.

As for male characters, I think that men are in some ways just as vulnerable as women, but are even more determined not to reveal it. I raised two sons, and I know that even though they're bigger and stronger than I am, they're still little boys inside. They still cry, they still hurt. So whenever I write a male character, no matter how "heroic" he may be, I think of my sons. And I remember that every man was once a little boy.

Peter: Banks is certainly a sensitive and vulnerable character, especially where romance is concerned, but he also needs to be tough and somewhat thick-skinned to do his job. I think he brings elements of compassion and humanity to the job, too. He’s not one to talk much about his feelings, but he sees no need to hide them or pretend that he doesn’t have them. Annie Cabbot, being a woman, has had a much tougher time getting to her position of Detective Inspector, and she knows that she has to show she’s tougher than most of the men she works with in order to get ahead and gain respect. But Annie certainly has her feminine side and manages to separate job and life most of the time. She had a bohemian upbringing and maintains a keen interest in art and these balance her on-the-job toughness and occasional flashes of rage.

QUESTION: In your newest books, we find Rizzoli and Banks in deeply personal cases; in Ice Cold, Jane Rizzoli is faced with the possible death of her partner Isles and in Bad Boy, Banks must work to save his kidnapped daughter. What makes you decide to put your characters in these fraught positions and how do your fans react?

Tess: There is no better test of character than when you're tossed into crisis. That's when we see one's true colors shine through. So I try my best to make my characters personally involved in the plot, in a way that stresses them and tests them.

Peter: It’s part of the nature of what we write. It’s all very well having Banks and Annie running around solving crimes, but at some point you have to up the stakes. I hadn’t written much about Banks’s relationship with his daughter Tracy for a while, so it was interesting to revisit her and find out what a bitter, disillusioned and reckless young woman she has become. I think she learns a great deal from her experiences in this book and grows up a lot in a short time. Tracy is basically a bright, decent young woman, and it will be interesting to see where her relationship with her father goes after Bad Boy.

QUESTION: Who were your influences when you first started writing these characters?

Tess: For Jane Rizzoli, my primary influence was the female cops that I've interviewed. They're a tough breed, and they have to prove themselves every day to their male colleagues. The other influence was my own inherent sense of "otherness," of being the outsider. As an Asian American growing up in a white neighborhood, I never felt I really fit in, and that discomfort is something that Jane Rizzoli shares.

Maura Isles is very much a reflection of my own personality. I'm trained in science, believe in logic, and like to think there's an explanation for everything. And I'm truly not really at ease with other people. She's my mirror.

Peter: My influences were mostly European—Georges Simenon’s Maigret, Sjowall and Wahloo’s Martin Beck, and Nicolas Freeling’s Van der Valk. There’s probably a bit of Raymond Chandler’s Marlowe and Ross Macdonald’s Lew Archer in the mix, too.

QUESTION: After so many years of portraying your characters on the page, you’ve both just had television series made from your books. “Rizzoli & Isles” just debuted on TNT network and “Aftermath” has just been filmed for ITV in the UK. What have your experiences been like seeing Jane Rizzoli, Maura Isles and Alan Banks come to life? Were you able to visit the sets and meet the actors?

Tess: It's every writer's dream to see their characters come to life on screen, and I am thrilled to see it happen. Actors can never completely match our mental images of our characters, so we have to make adjustments when we watch the adaptations. But overall, it's been a dream project for me because I really like the writers involved in the show. Janet Tamaro, the executive producer and head writer, is very much like Jane Rizzoli. She "gets" Jane, and that shows in the dialogue and in Jane's persona onscreen. When I flew out to watch the filming, the crew showed me every courtesy, and I felt welcomed as the creator of these two fictional women. As Janet puts it, I'm the birth mother and she's the stepmother. So my creations will have to do what Janet tells them to do from now on since they're living in "her" house—but Jane and Maura still are, and always will be, my creations.

Peter: Yes, I spent quite a bit of time on location in Yorkshire this spring and found the experience fascinating. I’ve never come across such a hard-working bunch of people before. Though I was the writer (not always the most welcome visitor to a TV or movie shoot), everyone went out of their way to include my wife and I, and to answer any questions we had. We even got walk on parts! I had been apprehensive at first because I knew it wouldn’t be the same as the book I wrote (Aftermath), but I soon got used to that idea and started thinking of it not so much as my book but as good television, which I think it will be. The actors are terrific, though I had to get used to the idea that they didn’t necessarily look the way I imagined them to look. Of course, I didn’t get to see everyone play a scene, but Stephen Tompkinson makes a fine Banks and Andrea Lowe is excellent as Annie. From the little I saw, Charlotte Riley makes a very scary Lucy Payne, too.

Peter Robinson’s award-winning novels have been named a Best-Book-of-the-Year by Publishers Weekly, a Notable Book by the New York Times, and a Page-Turner-of-the-Week by People magazine. Robinson was born and raised in Yorkshire, but has lived in North America for more than twenty-five years. He now divides his time between North America and the U.K. His website is inspectorbanks.com.

Tess Gerritsen is a physician and an internationally bestselling author. She gained nationwide acclaim for her first novel of suspense, the New York Times bestseller Harvest. She is also the author of the bestsellers The Keepsake, The Bone Garden, The Mephisto Club, Vanish, Body Double, The Sinner, The Apprentice, The Surgeon, Life Support, Bloodstream, and Gravity. Tess Gerritsen lives in Maine. Visit her website at tessgerritsen.com.

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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.

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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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