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Books by Peter Robinson

  • Dead Right

    Peter Robinson

    Product Code: BYIJK
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    `The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong' Stephen King Dead Right is the ninth novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from Innocent Graves. A MAN IS MURDERED. RIOTS ARE IMMINENT. BANKS MUST SOLVE THE CASE. The broken body of Jason Fox has been found in a dirty alleyway. At first it looks like a typical after-hours pub fight gone wrong. But Inspector Alan Banks soon realizes that the truth is rarely so straightforward . . . Jason was a member of the Albion League, a white power organization. And there are many people who might have wished him dead: the Pakistani youths he had insulted in the pub that evening; the shady friends of his business partner; or someone within the Albion League itself. And just as Banks begins to get a grip on the case, an unexpected discovery forces him to reconsider everything he believes . . . Dead Right is followed by the tenth book in this Yorkshire-based crime series, In A Dry Season.
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  • Dry Bones That Dream

    Peter Robinson

    Product Code: BYIMQ
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    `The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong' Stephen King Dry Bones That Dream is the seventh novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from Wednesday's Child. A CONTRACT KILLING. A SECRET PAST. BANKS IS PUSHED TO HIS LIMIT. 2.47 a.m. Chief Inspector Alan Banks sees the body of Keith Rothwell for the first time. Only hours earlier two masked men had walked the mild-mannered accountant out of his farmhouse to the barn. They then clinically executed him with a shotgun. Clearly this is a professional hit - but Keith was hardly the sort of person to make deadly enemies. Or was he? The police investigation soon raises more questions than answers. The more Banks scratches the surface, the more he wonders what lies beneath the veneer of the apparently happy Rothwell family. And when his old sparring partner Detective Superintendent Richard Burgess arrives from Scotland Yard, the case takes yet another unexpected twist . . . Dry Bones That Dream is followed by the eighth book in this Yorkshire-based crime series, Innocent Graves.
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  • No Cure for Love

    Peter Robinson

    Product Code: AQVPI
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    Before you discovered DCI Banks, Dectective Arvo Hughes was on the case in this vintage standalone crime thriller from Peter Robinson. As a detective in the LAPD Threat Management Unit, Arvo Hughes has dealt with every kind of stalker there is - and in 1990s Hollywood, he's not short of work. Tasked with finding out who has been sending unsettling anonymous letters to beautiful TV star Sarah Broughton, Arvo expects this case to be nothing out of the ordinary - until the actress discovers a strangely mutilated body left in the sand outside her beach house. Certain that Sarah's stalker must have met her before, Arvo realises his only chance to catch the killer before he gets closer to Sarah is to delve into her past. But nothing is straightforward in this case, and the squeaky-clean star seems to be keeping all memories of a shady history locked away ...
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  • Past Reason Hated

    Peter Robinson

    Product Code: BTMZU
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    `The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong' Stephen King Past Reason Hated is the fifth novel in Peter Robinson's bestselling Inspector Banks series. A BRUTAL KILLING. NUMEROUS SUSPECTS. BANKS MUST UNCOVER THE TRUTH. It should have been a cosy scene - log fire, sheepskin rug, Vivaldi on the stereo, Christmas lights and tree. But appearances can be deceptive. For Caroline Hartley, lying quietly on the couch, has been brutally murdered. Inspector Alan Banks is called to the grim scene. And he soon has more suspects than he ever imagined. As he delves into her past, he realizes that for Caroline, secrecy was a way of life, and her death is no different. His ensuing investigation is full of hidden passions and desperate violence . . . Past Reason Hated is followed by Wednesday's Child in the Inspector Banks series.
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  • The Summer That Never Was

    Peter Robinson

    Product Code: AKROR
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    A skeleton has been unearthed. Soon the body is identified, and the horrific discovery hits the headlines ...Fourteen-year-old Graham Marshall went missing during his paper round in 1965. The police found no trace of him. His disappearance left his family shattered, and his best friend, Alan Banks, full of guilt ...That friend has now become Chief Inspector Alan Banks, and he is determined to bring justice for Graham. But he soon realises that in this case, the boundary between victim and perpetrator, between law-guardian and law-breaker, is becoming more and more blurred ...'Move over Ian Rankin - there's a new gunslinger in town looking to take over your role as top British police procedural author' Independent on Sunday
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  • Sleeping in the Ground

    Peter Robinson

    Product Code: BPLGZ
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    Sleeping in the Ground, the 24th book in Peter Robinson's DCI Banks series, finds the intrepid detective investigating a shocking mass murder that took place at a wedding in a small Dales church.

    The killer is tracked down but Banks is plagued by thoughts of what really happened that night... As he digs deeper into the murders he uncovers all kinds of forensic and psychological puzzles that bring him closer to the truth.
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  • When the Music's Over

    Peter Robinson

    Product Code: BCWON
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    The Sunday Times NUMBER ONE bestsellerTwo young girls.Two unspeakable crimes.Fifty years separate them - their pain connects them.When the body of a 15-year-old is found in a remote countryside lane, beaten and broken, DI Annie Cabbot is brought in to investigate how the child could possibly have fallen victim to such brutality. Newly promoted Detective Superintendent Alan Banks is faced with a case that is as cold as they come. Now in her 60s, Linda Palmer was attacked aged 14 by celebrity entertainer Danny Caxton, yet the crime has never been investigated - until now. As each steps closer to uncovering the truth, they'll unearth secrets much darker than they ever could have guessed ...
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  • The Price of Love

    Peter Robinson

    Product Code: AAFJF
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    When DCI Alan Banks arrived in Eastvale his life was every bit as much of a mess as it is now. But he is holding an envelope that could change everything he understood about the events that sent him north twenty years ago. Walking again the narrow alleys and backstreets of his mind, he remembers the seedy Soho nights of his last case - dubious businessmen in dodgy clubs, young girls on the game. And a killer on the loose. In addition to the brand new novella that fills in the gaps in Banks's life before Yorkshire, Peter Robinson gives us ten more brilliant and eclectic stories that have never before been published in the UK. The Eastvale Ladies' Poker Circle finds that murder may be just another game of risk. Is a suitcase of cash worth a man's head on a plate? And tragedy leads a young boy to learn the price of love ...
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  • Bonjour Mr Inshaw

    Peter Robinson

    Product Code: CDGRW
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    Bonjour Mr Inshaw is a homage by the award-winning poet Peter Robinson to David Inshaw, the celebrated painter, whom he first met during the artist's years as Creative Arts Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, in the mid-1970s. Largely produced in an unexpected burst of inspiration after a visit to the painter's studio early in 2019, these poems combine memories of Inshaw's paintings, or characteristic landscapes, with experiences of his company and conversation. Showing a formal flexibility and deftness characteristic of this poet's work, they reflect on the role of art in a time of political and cultural division. Presented in an en face format, Bonjour Mr Inshaw beautifully illustrates its ekphrastic encounters and allows us to reflect in turn on this contemporary example of the centuries-old dialogue between the arts of poetry and painting. `Following the visionary traditions of such quintessentially English predecessors as Samuel Palmer ... or Stanley Spencer ... Inshaw's paintings discover the mystical in what could just as easily be overlooked as the mundane.' - Rachel Campbell-Johnston, art critic for The Times `Robinson is the finest poet alive when it comes to the probing of shifts in atmosphere, momentary changes in the weather of the mind, each poem an astonishingly fine-tuned gauge for recording the pressures and processes that generate lived occasions' - Adam Piette in The Reader
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  • Many Rivers to Cross

    Peter Robinson

    Product Code: CDAQT
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    The 26th instalment of the Number One bestselling series 'The master of the police procedural' Mail on Sunday 'The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong' Stephen King *** A skinny young boy is found dead - his body carelessly stuffed into wheelie bin. Detective Superintendent Alan Banks and his team are called to investigate. Who is the boy, and where did he come from? Was he discarded as rubbish, or left as a warning to someone? He looks Middle Eastern, but no one on the East Side Estate has seen him before. As the local press seize upon an illegal immigrant angle, and the national media the story of another stabbing, the police are called to investigate a less newsworthy death: a middle-aged heroin addict found dead of an overdose in another estate, scheduled for redevelopment. Banks finds the threads of each case seem to be connected to the other, and to the dark side of organised crime in Eastvale. Does another thread link to his friend Zelda, who is facing her own dark side? The truth may be more complex - or much simpler - than it seems . . .
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  • Innocent Graves

    Peter Robinson

    Product Code: BYIJH
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    `The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong' Stephen King Innocent Graves is the eighth novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from Dry Bones That Dream. A MURDERED GIRL. DARK SECRETS. DEADLIER LIES. One foggy night, Deborah Harrison is found lying in the churchyard behind St Mary's, Eastvale. She has been strangled with the strap of her own school satchel. But Deborah was no typical sixteen-year-old. Her father was a powerful financier who moved in the highest echelons of industry, defence and classified information. And Deborah, it seemed, enjoyed keeping secrets of her own . . . With his colleague Detective Constable Susan Gay, Inspector Alan Banks encounters many suspects, guilty of crimes large and small, in his search for the killer. And as he does so, plenty of sordid secrets and some lethal lies begin to emerge . . . Innocent Graves is followed by the ninth book in this Yorkshire-based crime series, Dead Right.
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  • The Constitutionals

    Peter Robinson

    Product Code: BWHBD
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    Taking some convalescent wanders around Reading, the narrator of The Constitutionals, a figure haunted by being called Crusoe in childhood, also `sets out to avert global catastrophe, hoping to trigger the end of neoliberalism by going for a walk.' What does he discover about the place in which he's settled with his wife, who he will call Friday, and their ocean-haunted daughter? Published on the tercentenary of Robinson Crusoe's appearance, our author answers such questions by paying sustained tribute to the town, and the founding `autobiography' by which it has-as have so many works alluded to here-been indelibly marked.
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  • Wednesday's Child

    Peter Robinson

    Product Code: BTMZT
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    Wednesday's Child is the sixth novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from Past Reason Hated. When two social workers, investigating reports of child abuse, appear at Brenda Scupham's door, her fear of authority leads her to comply meekly with their requests. Even when they say that they must take her seven-year old daughter Gemma away for tests . . . It is only when they fail to return Gemma the following day that Brenda realizes something has gone terribly wrong. At the same time, Banks is investigating a particularly unpleasant murder at the site of an abandoned mine. Gradually, the leads in the two cases converge, guiding Banks to one of the most truly terrifying criminals he will ever meet . . . Wednesday's Child is followed by the seventh book in this Yorkshire-based crime series, Dry Bones That Dream.
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  • The Hanging Valley

    Peter Robinson

    Product Code: BTMZS
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    `The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong' Stephen King The Hanging Valley is the fourth novel in Peter Robinson's bestselling Inspector Banks series. TWO MURDERS. A MISSING PERSON. A VILLAGE WITH A TERRIBLE SECRET. A faceless corpse is found in a tranquil, hidden valley below the village of Swainshead, the victim's identity deliberately obscured. And when Chief Inspector Alan Banks arrives, he finds that no-one is willing to talk. Banks's frustration only grows when he suspects his latest case might be connected with an unsolved murder and a missing local woman, which occurred in the same area five years ago. Among the silent suspects are the Collier brothers, the wealthiest and most powerful family in the area. When they start using their influence to slow down the investigation, Banks finds himself in a race against time . . . The Hanging Valley is followed by Past Reason Hated in the Inspector Banks series.
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  • Careless Love

    Peter Robinson

    Product Code: BQKJB
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    A young local student has apparently committed suicide. Her body is found in an abandoned car on a lonely country road. She didn't own a car. Didn't even drive. How did she get there? Where did she die? Who moved her, and why? Meanwhile 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 he died from injuries sustained during the fall. But what was he doing up there? And why are there no signs of a car in the vicinity? As the inconsistencies multiply and the mysteries proliferate, Annie's father's new partner, Zelda, comes up with a shocking piece of information that alerts Banks and Annie to the return of an old enemy in a new guise. This is someone who will stop at nothing, not even murder, to get what he wants - and suddenly the stakes are raised and the hunt is on.
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  • A Necessary End

    Peter Robinson

    Product Code: BPYHS
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    `The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong' Stephen King A Necessary End is the third novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from A Dedicated Man. PEACE DESTROYED. LIVES IN RUIN. BANKS MUST RACE TO FIND THE KILLER. Everyday life in Eastvale is shattered when a policeman is stabbed to death after an anti-nuclear demonstration turns violent. Superintendent `Dirty Dick' Burgess, Banks's nemesis, descends with vengeful fury on those he deems responsible. Inspector Banks is uneasy about Burgess's mishandling of the case, but despite being warned off he puts his career in jeopardy to continue his search for the truth, knowing if he is to keep his job, he must beat Burgess to the killer . . . A Necessary End is followed in the Inspector Banks series by The Hanging Valley.
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  • Sleeping in the Ground

    Peter Robinson

    Product Code: BGJZY
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    A terrible crime. No obvious motive.Banks is on the case.'Top-notch police procedure' - Jeffery DeaverA shocking mass murder occurs at a wedding in a small Dales church and a huge manhunt follows. Eventually, the shooter is run to ground and things take their inevitable course.But Banks is plagued with doubts as to exactly what happened outside the church that day, and why. Struggling with the death of his first serious girlfriend and the return of profiler Jenny Fuller into his life, Banks feels the need to dig deeper into the murders, and as he does so, he uncovers forensic and psychological puzzles that lead him to the past secrets that might just provide the answers he is looking for. When the surprising truth becomes clear, it is almost too late.
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  • The Illustrated Practical Guide to Water & Rock Gardening

    Peter Robinson

    Product Code: BBQBH
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    This book offers everything you need to know to design, construct and plant up a rock or water garden with directories of suitable plants and how to grow them. It includes inspirational plans of full-scale water and rock gardens, such as a slate rock pool, a rock stream, a cobble fountain, a raised pool and a wildlife pond. It features over 600 photographs including stunning examples of gardens, step-by-step sequences and plant portraits. It offers practical guidance on construction materials and techniques, an easy-to-use directory of water and rock plants, care and maintenance, and a guide to buying and introducing fish. Water is a welcome element in any garden, having the power to both soothe and excite. Combined with rock, it brings a whole new dimension to garden design. This book explains how to create beautiful rock pools, ponds, gravel gardens, wildlife pools and bog gardens, and shows how to use bridges, decking, stepping stones, islands and lighting. A plant directory provides information on waterlilies, deep-water aquatics, oxygenating and free-floating plants, as well as trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, ferns and alpines. Whether your dream is a simple rock-edged pool or a cobble fountain, this book is perfect for both beginners and ambitious gardeners.
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  • Stanley Spencer Poems

    Peter Robinson

    Product Code: AZOID
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    The 2017 Cookham Festival's Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition invited poets to find inspiration for their own art in the work of this remarkable man. Stanley Spencer: an Anthology of Poems publishes a selection from the entries to the competition chosen by its judges, Jane Draycott, Carolyn Leder, and Peter Robinson. From this gathering, the shortlist of commended entries and the prize winners were then drawn. These carefully selected and sequenced poems are presented here in the company of appropriate images reflecting this painter's extraordinary life and works.
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  • September in the Rain

    Peter Robinson

    Product Code: AZHOP
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    Two young people travelling through Italy are caught in the rain and hitch a lift with chilling consequences. After this nothing will ever be the same again. Richard and Mary have been together throughout University, and the trip to Italy had been planned long ago. But before they set out Richard had a brief affair with Alice, and his confusion and Mary's suspicions have started to change everything; they make a series of small choices which ultimately lead to disaster. In delicately powerful prose Peter Robinson carefully, painfully, and tenderly depicts the relationships before and after the brief and traumatic event at the heart of the novel. September in the Rain is a book about the responsibilities of love; about accidents and decisions; about unforeseen and dreadful consequences.
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  • Strange Affair

    Peter Robinson

    Product Code: AWHKF
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    When Alan Banks receives a disturbing message from his brother, Roy, he abandons the peaceful Yorkshire Dales for the bright lights of London, to seek him out. But Roy seems to have vanished into thin air. Meanwhile, DI Annie Cabbot is called to a quiet stretch of road just outside Eastvale, where a young woman has been found dead in her car. In the victim's pocket, scribbled on a slip of paper, police discover Banks' name and address. Living in Roy's empty South Kensington house, Banks finds himself digging into the life of the brother he never really knew, nor even liked. And as he begins to uncover a few troubling surprises, the two cases become sinisterly entwined ...'The Banks novels are, simply put, the best series now on the market' STEPHEN KING
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  • Playing with Fire

    Peter Robinson

    Product Code: AWHKE
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    In the early hours of a cold January morning, two narrow boats catch fire on the dead-end stretch of the Eastvale canal. When signs of accelerant are found at the scene, DCI Banks and DI Annie Cabbot are summoned. But by the time they arrive, only the smouldering wreckage is left, and human remains have been found on both boats. The evidence points towards a deliberate attack. But who was the intended victim? Was it Tina, the sixteen-year-old who had been living a drug-fuelled existence with her boyfriend? Or was it Tom, the mysterious, lonely artist? As Banks makes his enquiries, it appears that a number of people are acting suspiciously: the interfering 'lock-keeper', Tina's cold-hearted step-father, the wily local art dealer, even Tina's boyfriend ...Then the arsonist strikes again, and Banks's powers of investigation are tested to the limit ...
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  • Cold is the Grave

    Peter Robinson

    Product Code: ATZGY
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    Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks has reached a turning point. With his wife now living with another man in London and his career in the doldrums thanks to Chief Constable Riddle, it is time to ring the changes. Perhaps a move to the National Crime Squad? Perhaps a second chance with Sandra? But then late one night he is summoned to Riddle's house - and his plans take a surprising new turn. For the Chief Constable's sixteen-year-old daughter Emily has run away and for once Riddle wants Banks to use his unorthodox methods to find her without fuss. 'A writer at the very height of his powers' Ian Rankin
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  • Abattoir Blues

    Peter Robinson

    Product Code: AMBKN
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    Two missing boys. A stolen bolt gun. One fatal shot. Three ingredients for murder. When DCI Banks and his team are called to investigate the theft of a tractor from a North Yorkshire village, they're far from enthusiastic about what seems to be a simple case of rural crime. Then a blood stain is found in an abandoned hangar, two main suspects vanish without a trace, and events take a darkly sinister turn. As each lead does little to unravel the mystery, Banks feels like the case is coming to a dead end. Until a road accident reveals some alarming evidence, which throws the investigation to a frightening new level. Someone is trying to cover their tracks - someone with very deadly intent ...
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