All the Colors of Darkness (Inspector Alan Banks Series #18)

All the Colors of Darkness (Inspector Alan Banks Series #18)

by Peter Robinson
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All the Colors of Darkness (Inspector Alan Banks Series #18) by Peter Robinson

New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author Peter Robinson delivers a gripping novel of jealousy, betrayal, envy, ambition, greed, lust, revenge—all the colors of darkness that lead inevitably to murder.

In a world of terror and uncertainty, what does one small death matter?

The body hanging from a tree in a peaceful wood appears to Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot to be a suicide. But further investigation into the sad demise of Mark Hardcastle leads to another corpse, brutally bludgeoned to death.

Suddenly the case demands the attention of Chief Inspector Alan Banks, called back from his vacation even though nothing suggests this wasn't a crime of passion followed by remorse and self-destruction. Shocking revelations broaden the inquiry to unexpected places and seats of power. And a stubborn policeman who will not be frightened away could lose everything in one terrifying, explosive instant.

In this masterful novel of psychological suspense, Peter Robinson delves once again into the dark recesses of the human mind and shows what can happen when evil rests there.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062400253
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/11/2015
Series: Inspector Alan Banks Series , #18
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 162,191
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

One of the world’s most popular and acclaimed writers, Peter Robinson is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Inspector Banks series; he has also written two short-story collections and three standalone novels, which combined have sold more than ten million copies around the world. Among his many honors and prizes are the Edgar Award, the CWA (UK) Dagger in the Library Award, and Sweden’s Martin Beck Award. He divides his time between Toronto and England.

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All the Colors of Darkness 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
ReadIing the 18th book in the Inspector Alan Banks series is very much like sitting down for a chat with an old friend. For many of us, Banks is comfortable, familiar, someone in whom we have an interest , a person for whom we've come to care. Whatever the case, we know in advance that the time spent together will be sometimes surprising , always satisfying. So it is with All The Colors Of Darkness.

We now find a very content Alan Banks who "stretched and almost purred" as he awakes. After all, he's with Sophia, a rare beauty who's a bit of a mystery to him but a delightful one. It's his weekend off and he and Sophia are hosting a dinner party in the evening. Thus, he's not at all agreeable when he receives a call from his associate DI Annie Cabbott saying that his help is needed. Sophia is no more understanding about Alan's sudden departure than his former wife was about their canceled plans, his unanticipated absences.

However, as concerned as he is about disappointing Sophia Banks soon finds himself caught up in one of the most challenging cases of his career - nothing is as it appears to be, it is far worse than he could have imagined. Two men are dead.

The first to be found is Mark Hardcastle whose body is hanging from "a length of yellow clothesline on a low bough...his feet about eighteen inches off the ground." Mark was gay, a set designer at the Eastvale Theatre, and evidently well liked. The second body is that of his partner, the affluent Laurence Silbert, who had been brutally beaten to death.

Jealousy? A lovers' quarrel turned deadly? A murderer then stricken with remorse a suicide? Detective Superintendent Gervaise is willing to accept that explanation. Banks and Annie are most definitely not.

As is his wont Robinson orchestrates intriguing plots, allowing the pieces to gradually fall together. For this reader there was a bit of slowness from time to time, especially during a luncheon meeting between Banks, Sophia and her parents. I found myself a bit lost with the author's historic description of nearby St. Andrew's and remembrances of T. S. Eliot quotes. That said, Robinson has done a yeoman's task of creating a compelling mystery set in places he knows well.

- Gail Cooke
Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
When abruptly pulled away from a mini vacation to head up the investigation of what initially appears to be a straightforward murder-suicide case, Chief Inspector Alan Banks frustration is palpable. Though most would have taken the path of least resistance and marked the file closed, Banks excels under pressure and with his team continues searching for the cause behind this senseless tragedy. Working without authorization or the support of his superiors, his hunt for understanding places everyone-friends and family included-into treacherous circumstances as Banks quickly uncovers the fact that his pursuit may have national consequences. Though new to this author's collection of work, it is simple to see why Peter Robinson has found such success with this long running series. "All the Colors of Darkness" begins as a clear-cut gritty crime drama effectively combining the best of a modern day spy adventure. At first, some may find the minor details too extensive as each room and its contents are described in full leaving little room for personal imagination. However, as you continue forward through the pages his distinctive style and remarkable skill stand out making "All the Colors of Darkness" an intricate thriller. Reviewed by Suspense Magazine
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not one of Robinson's better efforts but still entertaining. AJ West
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georgesmiley More than 1 year ago
Brilliant, quite the best thing that PR has written thus far. Can he better it? Time will tell. Not going to spoil the plot, just go out and buy it you will not be disappointed (unless you dislike brilliant writing and British Detective fiction)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding work by one of the best crime writers working today. (And I've now read all 18 in the Banks series.) Combining the police procedural with the spy novel is no easy thing but Robinson pulls it off effortlessly. Highly recommended.
mysterygal64 More than 1 year ago
This newest Banks novel lived up to expectations. The story line was great and I hope the new character, Tommy, stays in for future books. Annie is very loyal to Banks as a friend more than former lover and I find that very noble. In the end, Alan Banks is still a dedicated detective, complex, intuitive, flawed yet sensitive. His tenacity to finding out everything, bit by bit, piece by piece is greatly respected by his co-workers and believe it or not, his superiors. Not too crazy about the new love interest, as she a little whinny and self-centered. It does'nt take much too see where her heart lies! You'll do better Inspector Banks and you deserve it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Peter Robinson's characters in All the Colors of Blindness are unbelievable, the plot contains too many improbable happenings and it is filled with gratuitous gore. Still, the writing carries you along and it is fun to identify with protagonist. Though it is far from Mr. Robinson's best, I enjoyed reading it.
Stork2009 More than 1 year ago
Very solid procedural crime novel, no drop or let off from previous Banks novels
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You probably know the basic plot of "All the Colors of Darkness" from the other reviews, so I won't rehash it. Suffice it to say that Peter Robinson's latest is up to his usual high standards, with an unexpected plot element that makes the book half spy novel and half mystery. It's also one of the growing number of suspense novels (like Lee Child's and Barry Eisler's latest, among others) whose main characters are critical of the current state of Western politics, mainly concerning Iraq and the war on terror. Maybe I'm biased for being such a big Alan Banks fan, but in this book Robinson made all the political commentary fit within the story seamlessly: the viewpoints expressed did not come off as an author preaching, but as real opinions held by a real character. Alan Banks gets deeper and more human in each successive book, with his growing misgivings about his career and the effects it has on his personal life. I think he's just a fascinating hero, and I'm sure I'd read an Alan Banks novel even without a mystery attached. Can't wait for the next installment, especially after this one's startling ending.
Also recommended: A STRANGER LIES THERE - another great character-driven thriller, it won the Malice Domestic Award for best first mystery.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
The corpse of theatre set designer Mark Hardcastle is found dead hanging in Hindswell Woods near the River Swain by boys playing nearby. With Detective Chief Investigator Alan Banks on leave spending time in London with his girlfriend, Detective Investigator Annie Cabbot leads the on-sight inquiry that looks like a suicide. She goes from there to the deceased¿s home he shares with his significant other Laurence Silbert. There she finds Silbert dead beaten to a bloody mess.

Although on the surface the two deaths appear to be a nasty murder-suicide, Annie and Banks, who has returned to investigate, have some doubts about the obvious as Hardcastle had no motive to kill his lover or himself especially at a time he received tremendous accolades for his work on Othello. Increasingly they wonder if the two scenes were set up to make it look like a murder-suicide as they investigate the activities of the two gay lovers in locales that are dangerousfor even cops.

This is an excellent one sitting English police procedural, which retains a freshness although it must be the trillionth investigation worked by Banks. The story line is fast-paced as the audience and everyone even Cabbot and Banks believe a murder-suicide is the likely scenario although long time fans will know they can bank on Peter Robinson to do what afterward seems obvious keeping the exciting plot fresh and the reader hooked.

Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading the first DCI Banks novel a year ago, I haven't been able to run through them quickly enough. Well-defined characters, good plots, and believable police procedure. Alas, All the Colors of Darkness fails across the board. The notion that MI6, like its U.S. counterpart the CIA, runs wild domestically in the UK, intimidating people, invading homes and offices, and eventually killing a witness after running Banks and the witness of the road, is a bit preposterous. The UK, as I recall, is still a democracy, and still a reasonable free country. Also, Banks is becoming the Job of detectives, with everything going wrong in his life and nothing right. Come on, Peter, get back on track.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good start
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Peter Robinson series of Alan Banks are my favorite British mysteries. I somehow missed this one.
4cille More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Mr. Robinson's writing, but find it hard to take Banks alcoholism and the poor decisions he make because of this. I'd love to find him addressing this problem and attending AA in oder to get his haphazard life on a more sane track.