Children of the Revolution : The 21st DCI Banks Mystery, Hardback

Children of the Revolution : The 21st DCI Banks Mystery Hardback

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A disgraced college lecturer is found murdered with 5,000 pounds in his pocket on a disused railway line near his home.

Since being dismissed from his job for sexual misconduct four years previously, he has been living a poverty-stricken and hermit-like existence in this isolated spot. The suspects range from several individuals at the college where he used to teach to a woman who knew the victim back in the early '70s at Essex University, then a hotbed of political activism.

When Banks receives a warning to step away from the case, he realises there is much more to the mystery than meets the eye - for there are plenty more skeletons to come out of the closet ...


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781444704914



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I believe that when Dr Johnson coined the phrase, "a triumph of hope over experience", he was referring to the decision of a recently-widowed man to make a second marriage. I feel that I have recently shown similar optimism flying in the face of irksome precedent in deciding to read yet another book by Peter Robinson, though the disappointment of reality soon reasserted itself.To be fair, I have in the past derived immense enjoyment from some of Robinson's previous novels, and would still rate some of the early episodes in what has now become the overly-protracted series featuring Chief Inspector Alan Banks as being among the best "police procedurals" that I have read. Banks himself was a well-drawn character: slightly flawed but broadly sympathetic, and utterly believable, as was his principal colleague, Detective Sergeant (latterly Inspector) Annie Cabott. The early plots were well constructed, and the books showed a welcome economy of expression.Unfortunately, the commercial success that ensued from these well-crafted books has led to a desperate diminution of their quality - the plots stretch any vestige of credibility beyond breaking point, and the characters seem to have fallen into a mawkish self-parody. Intriguingly, the DCI Banks series seems to have described the opposite course to that pursued by Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus and Reginald's Hill's pairing of Dalziel and Pascoe, all of whom suffered a mindless mauling at the hands of television adaptation. The reverse is true of Banks, with the television version struggling to retain some dignity for the series.So what of this particular novel? Well, someone dies, the police investigate and a murderer is identified. There - if he had tried a bit harder, Robinson could have pared it down to eleven words and saved us all a lot of time!

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A body is discovered,evidently thrown from a bridge onto a disused railway line and DCI Banks is summons to investigate. A large sum of money is found on the body and Banks and his team are soon deep into a complicated case involving both left-wing activists and powerful individuals.This is a well written,if slightly over-long book,which certainly holds the interest for 90% of the time.

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