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Bank's daughter, Tracey gets involved with a 'bad boy' (drugs, guns and more) while Banks is on holidays in America, trying to find himself again. The novel is full of tension as Tracy is taken hostage, DI Annie Cabott is seriously hurt , and there is a race to find the 'bad boy' Jaff McCready before he flees the country with Tracey.
A reasonably fast moving plot with a good ending and an enjoyable reading experience especially for fans of Banks.
For having such a smart, worldly father, the daughter displays some very poor judgement and immaturity. I really did not like her and felt no sympathy for her victimization. Not really worth the trouble of reading this book
This author writes in an interesting, convoluted way, but unfortunately, I found it dry and hard to follow. Probably for the same reason, although she is a renowned author, I cannot get into Agatha Christie...Maybe the style? Maybe too many threads? Maybe the English setting? There are very few books I haven't finished to the end, but this was one.
Part of the series featuring DCI Alan Banks, this story also features his daughter Tracy, who makes some bad choices leading to truly dangerous situations. Alan is away in the U.S. on vacation as the story begins, and Tracy becomes involved with her roommate's boyfriend. As her roommate does something in anger that starts the whole plot in motion, Tracy is drawn to the 'bad boy' image of the young man Jaff. Tracy's choice to offer the use of her father's home as a refuge to Jaff leads to attempted murder, kidnapping, and a run from police. Alan returns from vacation to find his home a crime scene and his daughter missing. As he tries to balance his police responsibilities with his emotions, he takes some risks that are ill-advised.
We see quite a few of the interesting police characters here: DI Annie Cabot, Detective Superintendent Catherine Gervaise, DS Winsome Jackman, and a new one Constable Nerys Powell. We see into the decision-making process of the police, and the politics involved in that.
This case keeps growing bigger, from a small but serious situation of a firearm to kidnapping, murder, drugs and torture. This is a fast-moving novel that looks at the personal as well as the big picture to keep you turning the pages.
The latest outing for Inspector Banks involves Annie Cabot who is covering for him while he's on vacation. Returning from vacation the action takes Alan very close to home as he aims to save his daughter.
Excellent Police procedural book. If you're into British novelists this one should not be missed.
I have read all of the previous 18 books in this series, and have enjoyed each one.
That said, I was very disappointed with this one. I found the plot and the characters, especially the daughter, so annoying that i could not get past chapter 3.
I love Peter Robinson and enjoyed this book, but it is certainly not the best Inspector Banks mystery. Allan is getting older, and the mistakes he made as a father are coming back to haunt him. You get a clear sense in this story of just how bad at long-term relationships Banks is, and there are moments where it is hard to believe that someone who is such an instinctual detective can be so clueless when it comes to family and lovers.
The plot is interesting, but there seemed to be a lot of threads left hanging at the end. Perhaps there is a second installment in the works. I may go back and reread some of the earlier titles!
I love Peter Robinson and this latest Inspector Banks does not disappoint, even though the man himself is on vacation. Alan's daughter gets into a bit of a jam and it is up to Annie Cabot to solve it. Great fun!
Another solid story in the Inspector Banks series - not so much a whodunnit as a how do we catch a very bad boy with a very bad habit. The police procedural is woven together with Banks' messy personal life, with his previously little-seen daughter Tracy taking a major role, and the importance of Annie re-emerging. A few cliff hangers to be resolved - will Tracy ever stop lying to her dad? Will a major character end up paralyzed? Will Banks have to move from his country cottage, once again a crime scene? Will Banks and Annie get back together?