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Peter Robinson
Friend of the DevilFriend of the Devil New09 Aug 07
A Piece of My HeartA Piece of My Heart
Meet Inspector BanksMeet Inspector Banks
Strange AffairStrange Affair
Not Safe After DarkNot Safe After Dark
About the Author (Photo (c) Jerry Bauer)

New First British Edition Hodder & Stoughton (2007)
Buy at Friend of the Devil
When Karen Drew is discovered in her wheelchair one chilly march day, staring out to sea with her throat cut, DI Annie Cabbot, on loan to eastern area, gets lumbered with the case. Back in Eastvale, that same Sunday morning, a nineteen-year-old girl is found raped and strangled in a tangle of narrow alleys after a drunken night on the town, and DCI Alan Banks is called in.
Banks finds suspects galore, while Annie seems to hit a brick wall. Until she reaches a breakthrough that spins her case in a shocking and surprising new direction – a direction that involves Banks.
As Banks and Annie dig into the past to uncover the deeper connections, they find themselves also dealing with the emotional baggage and personal demons of their own relationship. And it soon becomes clear that there are two killers in their midst, and that at any moment they might strike again.
Peter Robinson’s latest Chief Inspector Banks novel confirms his place among the finest crime writers of his generation, and DCI Alan Banks as one of the richest and most compelling series characters in print.

‘Peter Robinson has for too long, and unfairly, been in the shadow of Ian Rankin; perhaps Piece of My Heart, the latest in the Chief Inspector Banks series, will give him the status he deserves, near, perhaps even at the top of, the British crime writers’ league’ Marcel Berlins, The Times
Banks is one of the most fully drawn figures in this genre of fiction’ Janet Maslin, New York Times
‘The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are, simply put, the best series now on the market. In fact, this may be the best series of British novels since the novels of Patrick O’Brian. Try one and tell me I’m wrong.’ Stephen King
`If you haven’t encountered Chief Inspector Alan Banks before, prepare for a crash course in taut, clean writing and subtle psychology. And watch for those twists - they’ll get you every time’ Ian Rankin
‘Demonstrates how the crime novel, when done right, can reach parts that other books can’t ... A considerable achievement’ Guardian
‘Robinson’s Inspector Banks novels have built up a rising reputation as one of the most authentic and atmospheric of crime series ... Any reader who still misses Morse should promptly resolve to go north with Banks’ Independent
‘Chilling, evocative, deeply nuanced works of art’ Dennis Lehane
‘Inspector Banks is making a real mark as one of our most thoughtful and interesting detectives’ Sunday Express
‘As a crime writer, Robinson is not as granite-hard as Ian Rankin, and this is reflected in the crisp yet emphatic narration. Banks is genuinely human, rather than a hard man’ Observer
‘Inspector Banks. A man for all seasons, he knows that often the clues to the answers he seeks can be found in his own troubled soul’ Michael Connelly
'Each time you think you're a step ahead of the author, Robinson jumps in with a jaw-dropping twist.' People

First British Edition Hodder & Stoughton (2006)
Buy at A Piece of My Heart
To an observer looking down from the peak of Brimleigh Beacon early that Monday morning, the scene below might have resembled the aftermath of a battle. It had rained briefly during the night, and the pale sun coaxed tendrils of mist from the damp earth. They swirled over fields dotted with motionless shapes, mingling here and there with the darker smoke of smouldering embers.
As the organisers clear up after the party, they find an abandoned sleeping bag containing the body of a young woman, brutally murdered. Detective Chief Inspector Stanley Chadwick, a hard-headed WWII veteran, is assigned to the case. Chadwick has no time for the youth of the day, disrespectful and caring nothing for the sacrifices of an older generation. But the victim was related to a local band, the up-and-coming Mad Hatters, and Chadwick finds himself drawn unwillingly into the psychedelic Sixties pop scene.
After a difficult summer, DCI Alan Banks is back home in the Yorkshire Dales. When he is called to investigate the murder of a journalist writing en article on the Mad Hatters, he discovers it is not the first time the ageing rock superstars have been brushed by tragedy. And Banks will have to go back a generation to discover exactly what kind of hornets’ nest has been stirred up.
Peter Robinson’s stunning new Chief Inspector Banks novel is his richest and compelling yet.

First British Edition Macmillan (2006)
Buy at Meet Inspector Banks
Gallows View/A Dedicated Man/A Necessary End
Former London policeman Alan Banks relocated to Yorkshire seeking some small measure of peace. Unfortunately, depravity and violence are not unique to large cities. His new home, the quaint little village of Eastdale, seems to have more than its fair share of malefactors. In this collection of Inspector Banks's first three cases in Yorkshire, CWA Dagger in the Library and Edgar, award-winning author Peter Robinson introduces a detective as brilliant as he is complex. These intricately plotted, gritty novels of suspense lay the foundation for a remarkably acclaimed detective series.

'If you haven't caught up with Peter Robinson already, now is the time to start' Independent on Sunday

First British Edition Macmillan (2005)
Buy at Strange Affair
When he receives a mysterious and disturbing telephone call from his brother Roy, Banks heads off to London to search him out. Meanwhile, DI Annie Cabbot is called to a murder scene on a quiet stretch of road just outside Eastvale. A young woman has been found dead in her car...with Banks's name and address written on a slip of paper in the back pocket of her jeans. While Banks stays in his brother's luxurious, empty house, digging into his life and uncovering more and more surprises about the brother he didn't really know and didn't particularly like, Annie tracks down the female victim's friends and colleagues. It seems that both trails are leading towards horrific conclusions and when the cases look likely to intersect, the consequences for Banks and Annie become terrifying...

First British Edition Macmillan (2004)
Buy at Not Safe After Dark
And other short works
He had only gone out to the convenience store for cigarettes, but the park across the intersection looked inviting. It seemed to offer a brief escape from the heat and dirt and noise of the city .. .
He knew he shouldn’t, knew it was dangerous. What was it the guidebooks always said about big city parks? Not safe after dark. That was it. No matter which park they talked about ... they were always not safe after dark
Here is the complete collection of Peter Robinson’s short crime tales, including a private-eye story set in Florida, a romantic Parisian mystery and the modern classic, `Innocence’, winner of the Crime Writer of Canada’s Best Short Story Award. This volume also includes three stories featuring the renowned Inspector Banks, and the first ever Banks novella.
With each turn of the page in this heart-thumping collection readers will be surreptitiously watching the door For within it we discover that the contents of our lives are not always as faithful as they seem. Friends, lovers, neighbours, enemies, the conscience we thought we had, the dark we thought we trusted ... there are secrets and surprises lurking in every creak of the floorboards.
Whether he writes pure detective stories or heartbreakingly noir tales, Peter Robinson is one of the crime world’s finest stylists. This is a collection that will explore our hidden paranoia, challenge all that we take for granted, lure us to new, exotic places only to wish we could run back home, and keep us up all night just waiting for the safety of the dawn .. .

`Robinson is definitely one to watch’ Independent on Sunday
An expert plotter with an eye for telling detail’ New York Times
`Robinson handles his story and his characters with all the respectful skill of a fine cabinet maker’ National Post, Canada
`Readers who know Robinson only through his Inspector Banks novels are in for a treat’ Kirkus Reviews

About The Author
Peter Robinson, author of twelve novels featuring Inspector Banks, was born in Castleford, Yorkshire, in 1950. After getting his BA Honours Degree in English literature at the University of Leeds, he came to Canada and first took his MA in English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor, with Joyce Carol Oates as his tutor, then a Ph.D. in English at York University.
His recent novel, In a Dry Season was shortlisted for the prestigious Edgar Allen Poe Award and for the Macavaity Award for Best Mystery Novel published in 1999. It also won the Anthony Award in September 2000. In 2001 Cold is the Grave won the Arthur Ellis award.
Peter’s first novel, Gallows View (1987), introduced Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. It was short-listed for a best first novel award in Canada and for the John Creasey award in the UK. A Dedicated Man followed in 1988, then A Necessary End and The Hanging Valley in 1989. Caedmon's Song in 1990, was his first departure from the series. All were nominated for awards.
The fifth Inspector Banks novel, Past Reason Hated, won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel in 1992. The sixth in the series, Wednesday's Child, was nominated for both the CWA Award and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award.
Final Account (UK title, Dry Bones that Dream) appeared in 1994 and won an Author's Award from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters. No Cure for Love (1995), was another departure from the series. The eighth Inspector Banks novel, Innocent Graves, was published in both Canada and the USA in August, 1996.
Peter Robinson has also published many short stories in anthologies and in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, including Innocence, which won the CWC Best Short Story Award. He has taught at a number of Toronto colleges and served as a Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor, Ontario, 1992-93. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Sheila Halladay, and enjoys music, walking, reading, travel, good food and good wine.

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  • Friend of the Devil (Hodder & Stoughton, 2007) New Aug 07 (Alan Banks)
  • A Piece of My Heart (Hodder & Stoughton, 2006) Hodder Pbk Mar 07 (Alan Banks)
  • Meet Inspector Banks (Macmillan, 2006)
  • Strange Affair (Macmillan, 2005)
  • Not Safe After Dark (Macmillan, 2004)
  • Playing with Fire (Macmillan, 2004) (Alan Banks)
  • The Summer That Never Was ( 2003) Macmillan Jan 03 Pbk Sep 03
  • Aftermath (Macmillan, 2002) Macmillan Pbk Jan 02 (Alan Banks)
  • Cold is the Grave (Macmillan, 2001) Pan Pbk Jan 02 (Alan Banks)
  • In a Dry Season (Macmillan, 2000) Pan Pbk Jan 01 (Alan Banks)
  • Dead Right (Constable, 1997) (Alan Banks)
  • Innocent Graves (Constable, 1997) (Alan Banks)
  • Wednesday's Child (Constable, 1996) (Alan Banks)
  • Dry Bones That Dream (Constable, 1995) (published in US as Final Account) (Alan Banks)
  • Caedmon's Song (Penguin, 1990) (non-series) Pan Pbk Jun 04
  • Past Reason Hated (Penguin, 1990) (Alan Banks)
  • The Hanging Valley (Penguin, 1989) (Alan Banks)
  • A Necessary End (Penguin, 1989) (Alan Banks)
  • A Dedicated Man (Penguin, 1988) (Alan Banks)
  • Gallows View (Penguin, 1987) (Alan Banks)
  • No Cure For Love

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