Watching the Dark (Inspector Alan Banks Series #20)

Watching the Dark (Inspector Alan Banks Series #20)

by Peter Robinson
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Watching the Dark (Inspector Alan Banks Series #20) by Peter Robinson

One of the premier masters of modern British crime, New York Times bestselling author Peter Robinson brings back Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and his colleague DI Annie Cabbot in a complex case involving corruption, a dead cop, and a missing girl

Watching the Dark

A decorated detective inspector is murdered on the tranquil grounds of the St. Peter's Police Treatment Centre, shot through the heart with a crossbow arrow, and compromising photographs are discovered in his room. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is well aware that he must handle the highly sensitive—and dangerously explosive—investigation with the utmost discretion.

Because the case may involve police corruption, an officer from Professional Standards, Inspector Joanna Passero, has arrived to work with Banks and his team. Though he tries to keep an open mind and offer his full cooperation, the dedicated Banks and his practical investigative style clash with Passero's cool demeanor and by-the- book professionalism. All too soon, the seasoned detective finds himself under uncomfortable scrutiny, his methods second-guessed.

As Banks digs deeper into the life and career of the victim, a decorated cop and recent widower named Bill Quinn, he comes to believe that Quinn's murder may be linked to an unsolved missing persons case. Six years earlier, a pretty nineteen-year-old English girl named Rachel Hewitt made national headlines when she disappeared without a trace in Tallinn, Estonia. Convinced that finding the truth about Rachel will lead to Quinn's killer, Banks follows a twisting trail of clues that lead from England to the dark, cobbled alleys of Tallinn's Old Town. But the closer he seems to solving the complicated cold case, the more it becomes clear that someone doesn't want the past stirred up.

While Banks prowls the streets of Tallinn, DI Annie Cabbot, recovered from her near-fatal shooting and back at the station in Eastvale, is investigating a migrant labor scam involving corrupt bureaucrats and a loan shark who feeds on the poor. As evidence in each investigation mounts, Banks realizes the two are linked—and that solving them may put even more lives, including his own, in jeopardy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062004802
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Series: Inspector Alan Banks Series , #20
Pages: 354
Sales rank: 1,158,061
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(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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Watching the Dark 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
The 20th entry in the wonderful Inspector Banks series by Peter Robinson opens with the shocking killing of one of Banks’ colleagues, a decorated detective inspector, on the grounds of St. Peter’s Police Convalescence and Treatment Center, where he was a patient. The Major Crimes Unit, or Homicide and Major Inquiry Team, as it was now known, operating out of Eastvale, is assigned, the investigative team once again including DS Winsome Jackman (“all six feet something of her”), DC Gerry Masterson, and DI Annie Cabbot, Banks’ close friend, who is just returning from a convalescence after having survived her own brutal wounds and subsequent convalescence in events described in a prior entry in the series. Because there had recently been a hint of police corruption, Inspector Joanna Passero, of Professional Standards [the equivalent of the American IAB], is assigned to work with Banks. Their working relationship, perhaps understandably, is an ambivalent one, at least initially. Very shortly, another murder takes place, and there are indications that the two killings may be related. Another angle that comes into play is a six-year-old cold case involving Rachel Hewitt, a 19-year-old English girl who seemingly “disappeared off the face of the earth” in Tallinn, Estonia, a case that had haunted the dead inspector for the intervening years, having been involved in the investigation at its inception in Tallinn. The author expertly juxtaposes the lines of investigation, with Annie and her colleagues handling the Eastvale aspect of the case, and Banks the second killing, which appears to involve illegal migrant labor activities, ultimately taking him to Estonia, though he is warned not to get diverted by the Hewitt case. Following his instincts, as always, Banks is determined to do his best to bring closure to the girl’s parents if at all possible. A complex plot, carried off in smooth fashion, in a book that is highly recommended.
LaylaCD More than 1 year ago
The latest in the DCI Banks series is certainly up to the high standards set by the previous entries. Robinson presents a fast paced well written puzzle and this book is certainly not a disappointment to his fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story line and always well written by this author. Love his books so much I ordered this one in advance of the release date.
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kherbrand More than 1 year ago
This is book 20 in the Inspector Banks series, but it read very well as a stand alone.  It did refer to previous events, but if anything, it just made me want to go back and read the earlier books to find out what had really happened.  You are given a lot of information in this book, and discover things in the same order as the police.  It seems to move slowly at times, but the whole book takes place in a little over a weeks time.  I enjoyed the way that the author brought together the pieces necessary for DCI Banks to solve his case.  I liked the friendship between Banks and Annie and got the sense that there is a romantic history there and that it maybe isn't completely over.  Joanna Passero is also introduced in this book.  She is from Professional Standards (Internal Affairs) and Banks does not really want her around.  His brusque manner with her slowly evolves into a working relationship, but she keeps her personal life close to her vest. I have a feeling we will see more of her in the series. 
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I have been reading this series for many years and eagerly await each new book. The characters are all well drawn, the plotting is smooth, the writing seems as if it was effortless. I love returning to this universe and this book, Watching in the Dark, lived up to my high expectations of this author.
shayrp76 More than 1 year ago
Watching the Dark Peter Robinson ISBN: 978-0-06-200480-2 2013 *goodreads giveaway* When a detective inspector is murdered while at St. Peter’s Police Treatment Center Chief Inspector Alan Banks leads the investigation not knowing how deep the trail will lead. Murder is not the only crime being investigated as Chief Inspector Banks will soon find out when an officer from Professional Standards, investigating allegations of police corruption, intrudes in the case. As he gets close to answers more questions and possible suspects materialize and it’s a struggle to remember his prime objective. This one started out really slow for me. The mystery intrigued me right away so I kept reading and by the time I was a little more than halfway through the book it grabbed me. Usually this type of novel will suck me in and keep me turning pages, but this one I thought about giving up on; I am glad I didn’t. This is my first Peter Robinson book so that could explain the problem since there are 19 more Alan Banks novels before this one. I enjoyed the characters, well I should say a few of the minor characters, and that helped it along while getting to the bottom of the murder. There were a few side stories that were as interesting as the original plot and by the end I felt good about the whole thing. I like an author who can juggle multiple side stories within one plot. So overall I ended up liking this one more than I thought I would and will gladly recommend it.
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Rather slow,over long, and drawn out
ArchieGoodwin More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of the Inspector Banks series for years, having read every one since the first. But this one was quite weak, as was the previous Banks title (Bad Boy) and the out-of-series one between those two (Before the Poison). Robinson seems to be mailing them in at this point, and I think I'll skip the next ones. Sadly.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite Peter Robinson delights readers with the return of his Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks who shows his love of classical music and the ability to solve even the most difficult of crimes. In "Watching the Dark", Inspector Banks teams up with D.A. Winsome, fellow officer and sometime love Annie Cabot, and his superior Catherine Gervaise as under the watchful eye of Inspector Joanna Passero from Professional Standards, he looks into the crossbow murder of Detective Inspector Bill Quinn while he is a patient at the St. Peter's Police Treatment Center. Bill Quinn has been an excellent police officer but has always been troubled by one of his unsolved cases of some years back. Young, pretty Rachel Hewitt disappeared six years earlier while on a trip with girlfriends to Tallinn, Estonia, and Quinn was never able to solve her disappearance even though he traveled to Estonia in the hope of finding Rachel Hewitt's body. Disturbing photos show up of Bill Quinn with a young woman, decidedly not his wife, and then Mihkel Lepikson, the reporter who covered Rachel's case, is murdered. Can Alan Banks find out what exactly is happening now and what happened to Rachel Hewitt those six years past? "Watching the Dark" is Peter Robinson at his very best as all his 'Detective Alan Banks' stories always seem to be. Banks, Annie Cabot, D.A. Winsome, Catherine Gervaise, newcomer Joanna Passero and the characters in this story, which reaches back to when Bill Quinn and Mihkel Lepikson actively followed Rachel Hewitt's disappearance, are all believable and well-created. The dialogue and the plot line with its twists and turns appear to be created by a master writer. Readers will always put Peter Robinson's works on their "must read" lists and now "Watching the Dark" belongs there as well.