Children of the Revolution (Inspector Alan Banks Series #21) [NOOK Book]

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Multiple-award-winning, New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Peter Robinson returns with a superb tale of mystery and murder that takes Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and his colleague DI Annie Cabbot back to the early 1970s—a turbulent time of politics, change, and radical student activism—to solve a case that has been decades in the making

The body of disgraced college lecturer Gavin Miller is found on an abandoned railway line by a woman out walking ...

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Children of the Revolution (Inspector Alan Banks Series #21)

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Overview

Multiple-award-winning, New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Peter Robinson returns with a superb tale of mystery and murder that takes Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and his colleague DI Annie Cabbot back to the early 1970s—a turbulent time of politics, change, and radical student activism—to solve a case that has been decades in the making

The body of disgraced college lecturer Gavin Miller is found on an abandoned railway line by a woman out walking her dog early one winter morning. In the four years since Miller's dismissal for sexual misconduct, he's been living like a hermit, listening to music from his college days and existing as frugally as possible on the outskirts of a small village. So where did he get the five thousand pounds found in his pocket?

Leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks begins to suspect that the victim's past may be connected to his death. Forty years earlier the dead man attended a university that was a hotbed of militant protest and divisive, bitter politics. And as the seasoned detective well knows, some grudges are never forgotten—or forgiven.

Just as Banks is about to break the case open, his superior warns him to back off or risk losing the promotion he has been promised. Yet Banks isn't about to stop, even if it means risking his career altogether. He's certain there's more to the mystery than meets the eye, and more skeletons to uncover before the case can finally be closed.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
03/15/2014
Robinson's latest Inspector Banks mystery (after Watching the Dark) features the ever-intriguing detective investigating the death of a former college instructor. The body is discovered on railway tracks underneath a bridge, and the victim has a large amount of money still in his pocket. The circumstances suggest blackmail to Banks, who proceeds to dig into the dead man's past for clues. Robinson's sympathetic portrayal of the victim, Gavin Miller, depicts a man without family and with few friends, whose welfare is treated with casual disregard even by those closest to him. Banks instinctively senses that more information about Miller's life and character will lead the police to the killer. Intertwined with the story are more decisions and personal issues for the popular DI; he is considering a promotion that, if accepted, will make changes to his future plans. Unfortunately, his falling once again for a much younger woman will irritate some readers, as Banks's repeated affairs with various young women erode his appeal. VERDICT Fans of mystery and suspense will enjoy this excellent story from an award-winning author. [See Prepub Alert, 10/20/13.]—Linda Oliver, MLIS, Colorado Springs
Publishers Weekly
02/10/2014
In Edgar-finalist Robinson’s absorbing 21st novel featuring Det. Chief Insp. Alan Banks (after 2013’s Watching the Dark), Gavin Miller lives in poverty-stricken isolation after allegations of sexual misconduct cost him his job as a college lecturer. Yet when his battered body is found near a disused Yorkshire railway track, he has £5,000 in his pocket. Believing the money came from drug sales or blackmail, Banks and his team investigate both the recent misconduct charges and Miller’s college days decades earlier. Banks quickly uncovers a link between the victim and Lady Veronica Chalmers, once a Marxist rebel and now a successful romance novelist and aunt to the probable next home secretary. Robinson excels at connecting his detectives’ personal stories to the investigation, endowing familiar characters with fresh nuance and depth. Impeccable pacing fleshes out Miller’s tragic life and unravels the killer’s motive. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary Agency. (Apr.)
Seattle Times on CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION
“Banks is a fully rounded character - smart, dogged and not above defying his superiors. The supporting cast is equally strong, including the wonderfully named Detective Sergeant Winsome Jackman and Lady Veronica Chalmers, an aristocrat whose radical activities during her university years link her to the dead man.”
Booklist on CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION
“Consistently fun...[A] first-rate procedural and character study..”
Providence Journal on CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION
“Meticulously detailed...This is a fine, twisty, surprising tale.”
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine on CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION
“Robinson again succeeds in creating a satifyingly confounding mystery and increasing the already formidable depth of his superb ensemble cast.”
Wall Street Journal
“Superb mystery series...outstanding.”
USA Today
Praise for Peter Robinson and the Detective Banks series: “Robinson rolls out a police procedural with exquisite precision.”
New York Times Book Review
“Ambitious…Robinson shows a keen awareness of the global reach of crime.”
New York Post
“It’s easy to relate to and root for Banks.”
Booklist (starred review) on CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION
“Consistently fun...[A] first-rate procedural and character study..”
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-03-06
Robinson's latest Inspector Banks novel is an English murder mystery sure to please lovers of the genre. The body of Gavin Miller shows up on a lonely pathway beneath a railroad bridge in the Yorkshire countryside. Was it an accident? Or suicide? Or murder? The dead man has £5,000 in his pocket, so robbery seems an unlikely motive. DCI Alan Banks heads the investigation, which leads him and his team to ask unwelcome questions of some rich and powerful people. Banks digs deeply, learning about radical political pasts dating back to the 1960s and '70s, when people read Karl Marx, talked of revolution and did plenty of dope. Today they think that's all in the past, and the past won't return to haunt them. In any event, Miller had seemed like a shabby loser and a drunk—so what was he doing with all that money? Responding to outside pressure, Banks' boss tells him to back off the investigation, which of course a good fictional detective doesn't do. He and fellow detectives Cabbot and Winsome are smart and determined, with just the right amount of attitude to make them likable. Readers who grew up in the age of bands like The Doors and Led Zeppelin will appreciate the frequent references to the rock music of that era. Robinson's descriptions are rich and beautifully done, although now and then the detailed scene-setting slows the pace too much. This is a mystery that depends less on action than on DCI Banks' thought process. It's well-plotted and satisfying right to the end. Robinson has won many awards for his Detective Banks novels (Watching the Dark, 2013, etc.), and with this latest, he demonstrates his mastery of the craft.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062240552
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/25/2014
  • Series: Inspector Alan Banks Series , #21
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 5,177
  • File size: 482 KB

Meet the Author

Peter Robinson's award-winning Inspector Banks 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. Robinson was born and brought up in Yorkshire, and now divides his time between North America and the U.K.

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  • Posted April 3, 2014

    Skeletons in the closet indeed!   This was an excellent police p

    Skeletons in the closet indeed!   This was an excellent police procedural with lots of twists and turns.
    Children of the Revolution refers to that of the sixties and early seventies and there is much reference to bands and their music and the eclectic tastes of Inspector Alan Banks.    Yes, those were the good ole days.   No witnesses, few clues at all and an introverted dead professor, sends Inspector Banks and his team on a wild goose chase in the present and forty years ago as well.




    Robinson had a well plotted mystery and supported his solution with well developed characters who exuded intricate personality defects.   Internal strife and rivalry also paved the way of the investigation.  This was one of the more interesting police procedurals  I've read recently --a very enjoyable read!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2014

    Banks is an investigator in Yorkshire and is debating about reti

    Banks is an investigator in Yorkshire and is debating about retiring and saying goodbye to the police force.  An intriguing case gets him excited about his job as a former college professor is not only found dead but in an interesting spot that complicates the murder mystery.  

    Another mystery that took place in England and felt very similar to ones that I have recently read and just moved way too slow for me.  Because the flow wasn't there the ending wasn't as satisfying, so I may have to think twice about picking up the next one in this series.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2014

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    Peter Robinson in his new book, ¿Children Of The Revolution¿ Boo

    Peter Robinson in his new book, “Children Of The Revolution” Book Twenty-One in the Inspector Banks series published by William Morrow. gives us a new mystery with Inspector Banks.




    From the back cover:  Multiple award-winning, New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Peter Robinson returns with Children of the Revolution, a superb tale of mystery and murder that takes acclaimed British Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks back to the early 1970s—a turbulent time of politics, change, and radical student activism – to solve a case that has been decades in the making.




    The body of a disgraced college lecturer is found on an abandoned railway line. In the four years since his dismissal for sexual misconduct, he’d been living like a hermit. So where did he get the 5,000 pounds found in his pocket?




    Leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks begins to suspect that the victim’s past may be connected to his death. Forty years ago the dead man attended a university that was a hotbed of militant protest and divisive, bitter politics. And as the seasoned detective well knows, some grudges are never forgotten—or forgiven.




    Just as he’s about to break the case open, his superior warns him to back off. Yet Banks isn’t about to stop, even if it means risking his career. He’s certain there’s more to the mystery than meets the eye . . . and more skeletons to uncover before the case can finally be closed.




    I think the most difficult mystery to write is the one that takes place in the current time period but has its origins twenty or thirty years ago.  When I was growing up Ross MacDonald was the master at that kind of story.  Here comes Peter Robinson and he has given us exactly that kind of story.  To fully understand what is happening now Inspector Banks has to delve into the past and uncover the buried secrets.  ”Children Of The Revolution” is a police procedural taking place in London.  Mr. Robinson likes to tell an engaging mystery with wonderful characters.  This is my first Peter Robinson mystery but it will not be my last.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2014

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    A huge disappointment to a loyal fan who has read all of the Ban

    A huge disappointment to a loyal fan who has read all of the Banks novels. The whole feel of the book is that robinson set up the situation then lost interest and was unable to find his way out. And the additional of a much younger stunningly beautiful love interest is way too self indulgent. I expected more.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2014

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    A step by step approach to a murder investigation I have read s

    A step by step approach to a murder investigation

    I have read several books by the prolific writer, Peter Robinson – Playing With Fire, Friend of the Devil and All the Colors of Darkness – so I was very happy to have won Children of the Revolution. The cover led me down a path to murder and wicked political machinations. They do make, to me, not such strange bedfellows. If you want a detailed, step by step, approach to an investigation of a murder, this is the book for you. Children of the Revolution is a convoluted tale that drives Banks decades back into the past to find the answers. I do like knowing the process of an investigation, but I am an action junkie and needed more mayhem with my murder. I enjoyed the journey and I am sure I will travel through the pages of another Peter Robinson novel in the near future. I love this quote:

    Hell is other people.

    I won the ARC paperback on Goodreads First Reads.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2014

    Check it out!

    This is another of Peter Robinson's wonderful books in a long series of crime-solving stories. This is a mystery set in the past, and all the better for it.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    I write this as a fan of the series

    I've read just about every book in the Alan Banks series and would give all the others at least a 4 and more often 5 stars. This one was somehow less than satisfying as Banks and company re-interview the same people over and over, squeezing out one more drop of info each time. I couldn't decide whether to give this 2 stars or 3 but I'll go with the higher one since I still like the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    good read

    I have read many of the Inspector Banks books and have liked them all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    Great read, as are all of Peter Robinson's books.

    Peter Robinson is a wonderful mystery writer. I have read all his books and enjoyed them all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2014

    Pretty weak.

    I never did connect with the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Stop stealth

    She is an imposter she gets info then goes to clans and warns them.. kill her.

    0 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    Medcats r accepted

    For short time

    0 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    0 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    Stealth

    Pads in. May i help? She asks. Whats the plan? Who are you attacking first? Whos your leader. I need to talk to him/her. She hissed sharpening her claws on a stick.

    0 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    A large black wolf

    Leaps in and assasinates both cats silently, then sneaks out of camp without anyone seeing her.

    0 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Ggg

    Ff

    0 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    ※ Clockwork ※

    "Just checking," she said, sitting down, wrapping her tail about her paws.

    0 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Frozen

    Ok

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