The fifth installment of Robinson's Inspector Banks series.T
he body of Caroline Hartley is found one evening before Christmas by her lover, Veronica Shildon. It is a cosy scene-log fire, sheepskin rug, Vivaldi on the stereo, Christmas lights and tree-but Caroline is naked and covered in blood. Detective Constable Susan Gay is the first detective at the scene. She has recently been promoted to C.I.D. and the case soon takes on overwhelming professional and personal importance for her. DC Gay and Chief Inspector Alan Banks soon find plenty of suspects as they begin to delve into Caroline's past and the women's present life: Veronica's ex-husband, who is a well-known composer; a feminist poet; the cast and crew of a play Caroline was rehearing; and Caroline's eccentric, reclusive brother, Gary Hartley. Inspector Banks's fifth case is an ironic, suspenseful tale of family secrets, hidden passions and desperate violence.
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Peter Robinson is the recipient of numerous awards for his Inspector Banks novels, including the prestigious Grand Prix de Littérature Policière for the French translation of In a Dry Season, the Edgar Award for the short story "Missing in Action," Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Award, and several Arthur Ellis Awards for Best Novel. In 2002, he was awarded the Dagger in the Library by the British Crime Writers' Association. Robinson was born in Yorkshire, England, and immigrated to Canada after graduating from the University of Leeds. He now lives in Toronto. The author lives in Toronto, Canada.Review:
· "After nearly thirty years of reading thousands of mysteries and thrillers, I've come up with my three favorites...and the latest [is] from Canadian author Peter Robinson, Past Reason Hated." The Times, St Petersburg
· "Robinson's got police procedure down pat, and he always manages to come up with an intriguing cast of characters, a skilfully crafted plot, and a climax that's as surprising as it is satisfying." Booklist
· "Intelligent, insightful and thoroughly compelling, this latest Inspector Banks novel just might convince you that the British really do write a better mystery. In the impeccable tradition of P.D. James and Elizabeth George, Peter Robinson's latest work makes for fascinating reading....This book should come with a warning label that Robinson's novels are habit forming. If you weren't a fan of his before you pick up this book, you're guaranteed to become one by its exciting conclusion." West Coast Review of Books, Art, and Entertainment
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