Playing with Fire (Inspector Alan Banks Series #14)

Playing with Fire (Inspector Alan Banks Series #14)

by Peter Robinson
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Playing with Fire (Inspector Alan Banks Series #14) by Peter Robinson

When the bodies of two squatters are found in the burning remains of a couple of derelict barges, Inspector Alan Banks has to wonder whether one of their occupations caused their deaths. One victim was a local artist, with plenty of turpentine and oil paint at hand; the other was a young woman, a junkie, who evidently shot up her final fix just before the fire started. But if the fire was an accident, why did her boyfriend bolt from the scene when the police arrived? And why did the neighbour who discovered the fire not call it in right away?

As they start their investigation, Banks and his colleague (and former lover), DI Annie Cabbot, find more than enough motives for murder – and more than one person with a reason to kill. Worse, one of the two detectives themselves discovers firsthand the seductive thrill and terrible danger of playing with fire.

In his fourteenth Inspector Banks mystery, Peter Robinson once more displays his extraordinary skill in creating memorable characters, a haunting narrative, and a subtly unveiled plot, a talent that has made him one of the best writers of crime fiction in the world today.

About the Author: One of the best writers of crime fiction in Canada today, and among the very best internationally, Peter Robinson is the author of twelve previous Inspector Banks novels, including Aftermath, which garnered rave reviews from readers and critics. His books have won or been short-listed for numerous awards, including the prestigious John Creasy Award (U.K.), the Edgar Award (U.S.), the Martin Beck Award (Sweden), and the Arthur Ellis Award (Canada). He lives in Toronto.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402575464
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 01/13/2004
Series: Inspector Alan Banks Series , #14
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Yorkshire-born Peter Robinson is the author of the Inspector Banks series, which has been nominated for or won numerous awards, including the Edgar Award, the Dagger in the Library Award, the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, the Palle Rosenkrantz Award, and several Arthur Ellis best novel awards. He splits his time between Toronto and Yorkshire.

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Playing with Fire (Inspector Alan Banks Series #14) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by Peter R, he kept the story moving in ways that made me think about the ending--very surprising!
Lisbeth75 More than 1 year ago
This book had a lot of tension - could not put it down, like to read more from the same authore
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another winner by Peter Robinson
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Inspector Banks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Robinson. It was well-written, had a good plot, and a nice selection of characters and suspects. However, it could have used more "page turner" suspense. I'll try another soon to compare.
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I will read more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like one other reader said a fine use of descriptives..but used them too much. I had to skip over alot of things that just didn't need to be in there.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Near the village Molesby, a firefighter noticed that an accelerant may have caused the inferno that destroyed two barges and killed two people in the dead end canal. The Western Area Police Headquarters Major Crimes took over the investigation into what caused the deaths of the two charred corpses that if not for the firefighter¿s recent class and observation would have been written off as accidental deaths of apparent squatters. Inspector Alan Banks and Detective Inspector Anne Cabbot lead the inquiries. Before they leave the scene the police catch a young man Mark who says he lived on one of the burned out barge and asks if Tina escaped. He mentions a Tom lived on the other barge........................................ Banks and Detective Inspector Anne Cabbot follow up on Mark¿s alibi and soon make other inquiries trying to determine if an accident, arson, or a deliberate murder cover-up occurred. Surprisingly the investigation turns into a complex inferno as several individuals have motives and opportunities to kill either of the deceased...................................... The latest Banks investigation is an exciting tale that hooks the audience from the moment the hero quotes Shakespeare¿s Anthony and Cleopatra. The story line never slows down even when it shines on the personal lives of the lead duo as the inspectors dig deep seeking motive and opportunity on what turns out to be several prime suspects. When it comes to British police procedurals, fans know that they can always bank on Peter Robinson to provide the best.................................. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Robinson displays fine use of his descriptive abilities...over and over and over again. As a result, I found myself skipping over most sections trying to find the 'meat' of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such obnoxious jerks both protagonists are! I don't enjoy reading acout self-righteous, bullying cops (unless they get their comeuppance, and, alas, these don't). This author is so ignorant and smugly certain that cops deserve special privileges just because they are cops. This is not exactly an innovative novelistic approach. As a result, the book is boring, as well as offensive. Unless you are yourself that kind of bad cop, don't waste your money.