Close to Home (Inspector Alan Banks Series #13)

Close to Home (Inspector Alan Banks Series #13)

by Peter Robinson
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Close to Home (Inspector Alan Banks Series #13) by Peter Robinson

The past returns to haunt Chief Inspector Alan Banks in this harrowing novel of suspense from New York Times bestselling author Peter Robinson.

There are human bones, buried in an open field, the remains of a lost teenaged boy whose disappearance devastated a community more than thirty-five-years ago…and scarred a guilt-ridden friend forever…

A long-hidden horror has been unearthed, dragging a tormented policeman into a past he could never truly forget no matter how desperately he tried. A heinous crime that occurred too close to home still has its grip on Chief Inspector Alan Banks—and it’s leading him into a dark place where evil still dwells. Because the secrets that doomed young Graham Marshall back in 1965 remain alive and lethal, and disturbing them could cost Banks much more than he ever imagined.

Master of suspense Peter Robinson once again delves into the human psyche to reveal what leads some to commit murder in this compelling, unforgettable thriller.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061969973
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/17/2009
Series: Inspector Alan Banks Series , #13
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 29,845
File size: 858 KB

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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Close to Home (Inspector Alan Banks Series #13) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Curiously this book is published in the U.K. under the title "The Summer that never was" and is available in the international market. I have every book in the Inspector Banks series, which get better and better with each succeeding story, the greater majority of which have only been published in the U.S., with a one-off out-of-series book published only in Canada. The Inspector Banks series are set in the wilds of the Yorkshire Dales, an area with which I am very familiar having lived there for 20 years, and even though Peter Robinson now lives in Canada his familiarity with that delightful part of Yorkshire comes to life vividly. The police procedural at its very best as Inspector Banks' childhood is re-lived with the discovery of the skeleton of a school friend of the 1960's. Each Peter Robinson book has the continuity of characters who have become familiar friends. Without hesitation I would highly recommend this book and I am sure that there will be demand for previous titles but, sadly, these have become extremely rare - even at the bigger Barnes & Noble stores in N.Y.C., as I discovered recently.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Love this series.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book.I was on the edge of my seat wondering about what was going to happen next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peter Robinson¿s ¿Close to Home¿ is a gem¿one sensational read. Reading it is like watching an exquisite ballplayer at work¿he makes the writing look so easy that only a thoughtful examination will clue you in as to how ingenious the writing is. Chief Inspector Alan Banks is called home from vacation when a body dumped in 1965 is unearthed. Turns out the body is that of Graham Marshall, a boyhood pal of CI Banks. In his own district, Banks is investigating a missing person, turned kidnapping, turned homicide. The victim is a teenager, about the same age as was Graham Marshall when he disappeared. ¿They were linked in his mind in some odd way. Not technically, of course. But two very different boys from very different times had ended up dead before their time, and both had died violently.¿ Banks has able assistants in both cases: Michelle Hart in the Marshall case and Annie Cabbot on the current case. The police procedural on both matters is detailed, captivating and all three detectives have an instinct for crime solving. Banks is a keen observer of humanity and a man of integrity¿a marvelous protagonist. In each case the whydunit will uncover whodunit. I plan to go back and read the entire series. This is the first British mystery that has grabbed my attention in forever. The pages absolutely glided by.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While digging up an area for a new shopping center near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, the skeletal remains of a teen is found. Forensic experts were able to get many clues, even a possible first name of the victim! .................. Graham Marshall had disappeared back in 1965. No one knew if he had run away or worse. Detective Inspector Michelle Hart was given the case, being the 'new girl' in the force. She was surprised when Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks showed up hoping to help. .................... Alan had known Graham as a kid and had last seen Graham the day before the disappearance. Alan had kept a secret all these years and the guilt forced him back from an extended vacation in hope of releaving his guilty conscience. Alan ended up disturbing things best left alone and put his life/sanity on the line. ................ *** This title is labeled as 'suspense', however, it takes over half the book before any suspense begins to build. Until then it is all mystery solving and D.I. Hart dealing with what appears to be another case (kidnapping). This is definitely NOT this author's best work, but still worthy as a good read. ***
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though he is vacationing in Greece to get away from the griminess of police work, English Detective Inspector Alan Banks follows the news reports from home. He is stunned when he learns that an excavator has dug up the skeletal remains of a teenage boy near his hometown of Petersborough. He knows the victim is his childhood friend Graham Marshal missing since 1965. Just before the disappearance, Alan feels guilty because a stranger assaulted him, but he escaped and never reported the incident to his family or the police. Alan cannot ignore the investigation so he returns home. There he learns that fifteen-year-old Luke Armitage is missing and his former girlfriend Annie Cabbot is working the case. Fearing the worst for Luke and feeling he owes Graham, Alan dives into both inquiries in an attempt to relieve some of the remorse he has carried for too many years. CLOSE TO HOME is an exhilarating police procedural that plays out on several levels besides the obvious dual investigations. Alan is a complex character who seemed on the verge of burn out until his conscience makes him cut short his R&R. The rest of the cast provides depth whether they played chess with the protagonist in Greece or are involved in the inquiries in England. With novels like this character driven compelling who-done-it and AFTERMATH, fans will appreciate the skills of Peter Robinson, who is bound to become regarded on both sides of the Atlantic. Harriet Klausner