'Every page here is readable and compelling' Washington Times
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 Algion League, a white power organization. And there are many people who might have wished him dead: the Pakistani youths he 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...
'It would be easy to become addicted to Robinson' -Observer
BLOOD AT THE ROOT by Peter Robinson (9) There's a deliberate lack of excessive angst and glamour in Peter Robinson's books about Inspector Alan Banks and his fellow Yorkshire coppers, so first-time readers might think them bland. But under the books' placid surfaces, whole worlds of crime and justice are being worked out. In this ninth book in his increasingly popular series, Robinson gives Banks some serious problems of a personal and professional nature: a neglected wife and a ruthlessly ambitious superior. He also drops Banks into a frighteningly realistic neo-Nazi group called the Albion League, whose activities include drug dealing and murder
A young man is beaten to death in an alleyway at night. The plot thickens when his identity is discovered: Jason Fox, a leading light of the Albion League, a thoroughly unpleasant extreme right racist fringe group. As DCI Banks and DC Susan Gay piece the details of Fox's nasty story together, their lives complicate in other ways. Susan is embarking on a relationship with Gavin, a colleague from regional HQ. Meanwhile the state of Banks' marriage is going from bad to worse as is his relationship with his boss Chief Constable Jimmy Riddle.
In this book #9 of the Inspector Banks series we find Alan Banks' having marital problems, a suspension from work to deal with along with a racial crime to solve. Robinson's characters are richly complicated, and his plots are quite intricate. I enjoyed this one very much but the ending was a little weak. I will be looking forward to the next one though as I am very interested in what Peter Robinson has in store for Inspector Banks' personal life. If you like good, modern British police procedural you will enjoy this book.