Fiction - Mystery
The Inspector Alan Banks Series
Born: March 17, 1950
He is a Canadian crime writer born in Britain. He is best known for his crime novels set in Yorkshire featuring Inspector Alan Banks. He has also published a number of other novels and short stories as well as some poems and two articles on writing.
Robinson was born in Armley, Leeds, son of Clifford Robinson (a photographer) and Miriam Jarvis (a
homemaker). Robinson emigrated to Canada to continue his studies after completing his first degree at the University of Leeds.
Robinson lives in the Beaches area of Toronto with his wife, Sheila Halladay, and he occasionally teaches crime writing at the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies. He has taught at a number of Toronto colleges and served as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor, 1992-93.
The Inspector Alan Banks books:
Steven > Books I have read * // On my stack to read **
1 - Gallows View (1987) *
2 - A Dedicated Man (1988) *
3 - A Necessary End (1989) *
4 - The Hanging Valley (1989) *
5 - Past Reason Hated (1991) *
6 - Wednesday's Child (1992) *
7 - States as Final Account (1994)
8 - Innocent Graves (1996)
9 -Dead Right (1997)
(published in the USA as Blood at the Root)
10 - In a Dry Season (1999) *
11 - Cold is the Grave (2000)
12 - Aftermath (2001)
13 - The Summer that Never Was (2003)
(published in the USA as Close to Home)
14 - Playing with Fire (2004) *
15 - Strange Affair (2005)
16 - Piece of My Heart (2006)
17 - Friend of the Devil (2007)
18 - All the Colours of Darkness (2008)
19 - Bad Boy (2010)
20 - Watching the Dark (2012)
21 - Children of the Revolution (2013)
22 - Abattoir Blues (2014) **
(published in the USA as In the Dark Places)
23 - When the Music's Over (2016) **
24 - Sleeping in the Ground (2017) **
25 - The Fool on the Hill / Careless Love
(expected publication July 12, 2018)
Short story collections
1 - *Not Safe After Dark (1998)
(includes three Inspector Banks stories)
2 - **The Price of Love (2009)
(includes an Inspector Banks novella and
three Banks stories)
1 - Caedmon's Song (1990) Although Caedmon's Song is a standalone novella, it is related to Friend of the Devil, 2007.
2 - The First Cut - American Adaptation of Caedmon's Song (1993)
3 - No Cure for Love (1995)
4 - Not Safe After Dark (Short stories*)
(Crippen & Landru, 1998 & Macmillan Publishers, 2004)
5 - The Price of Love (2009) (Short stories**)
6 - Before The Poison (2011)
Inspector Banks series
Set in the fictional English town of Eastvale in the Yorkshire Dales. A former member of the London Metropolitan Police, Inspector Alan Banks leaves the capital for a quieter life in the Dales.
Since 2010 several of the novels have been adapted for television under the series title DCI Banks with Stephen Tompkinson in the title role.
Robinson acknowledges the challenge in keeping the Banks character and series from getting stale. "A lot of writers seem to start off well for four or five books and then tend to fall off. It might be partly to do with tiring of the series character, the way Conan Doyle did with Sherlock Holmes, or it might be that they've used up the bulk of the material they had to write about. On the other hand, if you practice most things for a long time, you should improve," he told Connelly on the Mystery Readers International website. "While I try to keep up to date with news headlines and forensic advances as regards plot, I think the secret, if there is one, lies in character. Banks has unfolded very slowly over the years, which still leaves me plenty to work with."
Robinson has taught writing courses at various Toronto-area universities, and said that while he sees talent among younger writers, many of them have failed to develop it. "So many of them are more in love with the idea of being a writer than in actually writing. They think it's glamorous," he told January.
The author lives in Toronto with his wife, attorney Sheila Halladay. He belongs to the International Association of Crime Writers, Crime Writers of Canada, Crime Writers' Association, and Mystery Writers of America. He returns to Yorkshire, where his family still lives, about three times per year. "I do need to smell the smells, hear the voices and see the sights, but I find I have a pretty good memory for those things and can reconstruct them all here in my study, or remodel them into the world I want to create," Robinson told Connelly. "Naturally, I have plenty of books and photos, and the local newspapers are available on the Internet."
Robinson told January that a plethora of crime-fiction talent exists in Canada, but it is not well publicized. "People are now starting to write about Toronto in a tough way, treating it as a dirtier, grungier, urban environment," he told Pierce. "So it may well be that Americans will one day accept Toronto, at least, as a crime fiction setting." - from Peter Robinson Biography: http://www.notablebiographies.com
Alan Banks, Detective Chief Inspector
Sandra Banks, Wife
Susan Gay - Detective Constable (book 5)
Victor Manson - Fingerprint expert / leader of
Jim Hatchley - Sergeant
Phil Richmond - detective constable >
The Inspector Alan Banks series
Notes on Short Stories
*Not Safe After Dark (2004 edition) is the first collection of short stories by Peter Robinson; stories previously published in crime anthologies and magazines. They include three Inspector Banks short stories, one (Going Back) previously unpublished. The 1998 edition published by Crippen & Landru, Virginia as Not Safe After Dark and Other Stories included thirteen stories (according to the author’s website); the 2004 edition published by Macmillan, London as Not Safe After Dark and Other Works included twenty stories.
**The Price of Love (2009 edition) is the second collection of short stories by Peter Robinson; stories previously published in crime anthologies and magazines. They include an Inspector Banks novella and three Inspector Banks short stories. Canadian detective fiction writer Peter Robinson is the writer of the multi award-winning Inspector Banks series of novels. Eleven stories.
- The Eastvale Ladies' Poker Circle: an Inspector Banks story (2007).
- Blue Christmas: an Inspector Banks story (2005).
- Like a Virgin: a new Inspector Banks story written for this collection (2009).
In "Going Back" Alan goes home for his parents' 50th anniversary, and remembers why he has stayed away for so long. This would be a good read before the novel Strange Affair, because it explains so much about his relationship with his brother."Like a Virgin" goes back to Banks' time at the Met in London, and fills in the blanks about why he left. "Blue Christmas" jumps ahead to his first Christmas alone, after his divorce.
All this serves to make him a more sympathetic character.
The first Inspector Alan Banks book:
"Gallows View" - First edition hardcover
in dust jacket.
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Sleeping in the Ground
(Inspector Banks, #24)
by Peter Robinson
Published October 24th 2017 by McClelland & Stewart (first published July 13th 2016)
At the doors of a charming country church, an unspeakable act destroys a wedding party. A huge manhunt ensues. The culprit is captured. The story is over.
Except it isn't. For Alan Banks, still struggling with a tragic loss of his own, there's something wrong about this case — something unresolved. Reteaming with profiler Jenny Fuller, the relentless detective deeper into the crime... deep enough to unearth long-buried secrets that reshape everything Banks thought he knew about the events outside that chapel.
And when at last the shocking truth becomes clear, it's almost too late.
Packed with twists and turns, heart and soul, this is another triumph from an author "at the top of his game"
- Louise Penny.