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Title:
Careless love : a DCI Banks novel

Care less love

Inspector Banks / DCI Banks ;

Inspector Banks series.
Title:
Careless love : a DCI Banks novel
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publisher Info:
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of Harpercollins Publishers, 2019.
Physical Description:
301 pages ; 24 cm.
Series:
Inspector Banks / DCI Banks ; [book 25]

Inspector Banks series.
General Note:
"Originally published as Careless Love in the U.K. in 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd."--Reverse of title page.
Abstract:
One of the world's greatest suspense writers returns with this gripping, powerful new mystery featuring Alan Banks, continuing what Stephen King calls "the best series now on the market."

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Summary

Summary

His fans include Stephen King, Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, Ian Rankin, and Louise Penney. He has won acclaim and numerous international prizes and awards, including the Edgar. Now, Peter Robinson, one of the world's greatest suspense writers, returns with a powerful mystery in which his legendary Detective Superintendent Alan Banks must solve two perplexing crimes.



Two suspicious deaths challenge DS Alan Banks and his crack investigative team.

A young local student's body is found in an abandoned car on a lonely country road. The death looks like suicide, but there are too many open questions for Banks and his team to rule out foul play. The victim didn't own a car. She didn't even drive. How did she get there? Where--and when--did she die? Did someone move her, and if so, why?

A man in his sixties is found dead in a gully up on the wild moorland. He is wearing an expensive suit and carrying no identification. Post mortem findings indicate that he died from injuries sustained during a fall. Was it an accident--did he slip and fall? Or was he pushed? Why was he up there? And why are there no signs of a vehicle near where he fell?

As the inconsistencies multiply and the mysteries surrounding these two cases proliferate, a source close to Annie reveals a piece of information that shocks the team and impacts the investigations. An old enemy has returned in a new guise--a nefarious foe who will stop at nothing, not even murder, to get what he wants.

With the stakes raised, the hunt is on. But will Banks be able to find the evidence to stop him in time?


Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Det. Supt. Alan Banks has two unusual deaths to investigate early in bestseller Robinson's engrossing 25th outing for the Yorkshire policeman (after 2017's Sleeping in the Ground). A young woman with no marks of violence on her, later identified as college student Adrienne Munro, is found in an abandoned car on a country road. Adrienne is dressed up as if for a party, but she has no cell phone or purse. Meanwhile, a male in his mid-60s, later identified as wealthy banker Laurence Hadfield, appears to have died of injuries due to a fall into a gully in the middle of a moor. Oddly, he's wearing a business suit, and, like Adrienne, has no cell phone. As Banks and his capable team go to work interviewing people who knew the deceased, they wonder what could possibly link the two. A third peculiar death provides some answers. Readers expecting a host of suspects and wild plot twists will be disappointed. Those who enjoy methodical police procedurals that build to a logical, satisfying conclusion will be amply rewarded. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

Yorkshire police make two unsettling discoveries within days of each other in the latest Alan Banks mystery, the twenty-fifth starring the former detective chief inspector and now detective superintendent. The first discovery is the body of a 19-year-old student, dead at the wheel of a Ford Focus, in a remote valley of the Yorkshire Dales. The woman seems to have been killed somewhere else and then placed in the vehicle. The second discovery is that of a man, apparently dead from a fall off a hiking trail on the moors, wearing oddly formal clothes for this rugged hiking area. Banks, assisted by series heroine and his onetime lover, Detective Inspector Annie Cabot, takes on both cases, which span out into a larger case masterminded by one of their old nemeses, who seems to be messaging them through murder. As usual, Robinson provides a solid police procedural enhanced by the rugged Yorkshire setting. Banks himself jazz- and solitude-loving, difficult, somewhat melancholic, unlucky in love is always fascinating. Robinson doesn't give much help to new readers, but, for series fans, this one is a sure bet.--Connie Fletcher Copyright 2018 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Two suspicious deaths in as many days, seemingly unrelated, have Leeds DCI Alan Banks and his team working to find out what happened to the deceased. The first victim, a university student dressed for an evening out, is discovered in a car that was involved in an accident investigated days before by the police. The second body, that of a London financier, is retrieved from the bottom of a ravine, dead from a broken neck, but clad in a business suit rather than hiking clothes. There is nothing that links the two deaths until Banks and his colleagues start asking questions and a third body, obviously murdered this time, turns up. VERDICT Robinson fans will enjoy the latest entry (after Sleeping in the Ground) in this long-running series. First-time readers will be motivated to seek out the previous titles. Well-written and believable, with recognizable but multifaceted characters and enough twists to keep the story riveting until the mystery is solved. [See Prepub Alert, 8/10/18.]-Lisa O'Hara, Univ. of Manitoba Libs., Winnipeg © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.