“Absorbing...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.” (Publishers Weekly on CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION)
Praise for Peter Robinson and the Detective Banks series: “Robinson rolls out a police procedural with exquisite precision.” (USA Today)
“Ambitious…Robinson shows a keen awareness of the global reach of crime.” (New York Times Book Review)
“Superb mystery series...outstanding.” (Wall Street Journal)
“Smoothly blends careful police work and astute psychological observations.” (Publishers Weekly)
“It’s easy to relate to and root for Banks.” (New York Post)
“Haunting stand-alone from Arthus Ellis Award-winner Robinson.” (Publishers Weekly on Before the Poison)
“Consistently fun...[A] first-rate procedural and character study..” (Booklist (starred review) on CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION)
“[Childred of the Revolution is] well-plotted and satisfying right to the end....Robinson has won many awards for his Detective Banks novels, and with this latest, he demonstrates his mastery of the craft.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION)
“Excellent.” (Library Journal 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.” (Seattle Times on CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION)
“Meticulously detailed...This is a fine, twisty, surprising tale.” (Providence Journal 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.” (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine on CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION)
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.