Gallows View - Inspector Banks, Bk 1 Author:Peter Robinson Former London policeman Alan Banks relocated to Yorkshire seeking some small measure of peace. But depravity and violence are unfortunately not unique to large cities. His new venue, the quaint little village of Eastvale, seems to have more than its fair share of malefactors -- among them a brazen Peeping Tom who hides in night's shadows spy... more »ing on attractive, unsuspecting ladies as they prepare for bed. And when an elderly woman is found brutally slain in her home, Chief Inspector Banks wonders if the voyeur has increased the awful intensity of his criminal activities. But whether related or not, perverse local acts and murderous ones are combining to profoundly touch Banks's suddenly vulnerable personal life, forcing a dedicated law officer to make hard choices he'd dearly hoped would never be necessary.« less
I do love a good British police procedural, and this series is definitely one of the good ones! I had read a couple later on in the series and decided to start at the beginning with this book. It features Alan Banks, an inspector in Yorkshire where he's just moved to from London, expecting it to be much more serene and quiet. Ha! :)
GALLOWS VIEW by Peter Robinson: This is the first of the Inspector Banks series for which Robinson has become justly famous. Former London policeman Alan Banks has relocated to small Yorkshire village of Eastvale seeking some small measure of peace, but crime and violence are not limited to large cities. . Soon he is dealing with a brazen Peeping Tom who spies on attractive, unsuspecting ladies as they prepare for bed. When an elderly woman is found brutally slain in her home, Chief Inspector Banks wonders if the voyeur has progressed to more violent crimes. I am looking forward to continuing the series.
Excellent first-in-a-series with Chief Inspector Alan Banks who moves to a small village for a comfortable life. But there are lots of odd things going on in Eastvale. Robinson is great for this genre. I'm pleased to have found a new wonderful series with interesting characters - nothing stuffy in this story. I have ordered the next book already.