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The Summer That Never Was (aka Close to Home) (Inspector Banks, Bk 13)
The Summer That Never Was - aka Close to Home - Inspector Banks, Bk 13
Author: Peter Robinson
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 Chi...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781447225546
ISBN-10: 1447225546
Publication Date: 8/14/2014
Pages: 400
Edition: New edition
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Publisher: Pan Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed The Summer That Never Was (aka Close to Home) (Inspector Banks, Bk 13) on + 410 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Peter Robinson's Alan Banks series is under-appreciated. Banks is a police detective in mid-Yorkshire. He's a decent guy, fairly normal, moderately intelligent, and gifted at following twisted, complex trails to find the criminals.

This story involves finding the bones of a murder victim thirty-five years after his unsolved disappearance took place. At time, the victim was one of the teenaged Banks' best friends.

At the same time, another teenage boy has disappeared in current time. Banks is involved in both investigations in different ways--he's assigned to the current murder, and he helps out as an interested party in the investigation of the older crime.

Robinson skillfully intertwines the two stories as Banks and his associates in two cities separately work through the web of clues, false trails, hints, and facts to find the both killers.

Along the way, we learn a great deal about English life, including the ever-present class struggles and animosity, crime, and daily life in both the mid-60s and now.

I recommend all of Robinson's books, including this one. It's thoughtful, pleasant reading that exercises your intellect just enough to keep you thoroughly awake while watching an expert detective do his job. (It also helps to be of an age with Banks--his meandering through his memories of his friend 35 years ago in the 60s includes a lot of references to the music of the time, which was important to me in those days, too.)
reviewed The Summer That Never Was (aka Close to Home) (Inspector Banks, Bk 13) on + 348 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
A childhood friend went missing - and years later his remains are found. Incredibly, Inspector Banks is a suspect. A modern case parallels and the action and suspense mount.
reviewed The Summer That Never Was (aka Close to Home) (Inspector Banks, Bk 13) on + 410 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Peter Robinson's Alan Banks series is under-appreciated. Banks is a police detective in mid-Yorkshire. He's a decent guy, fairly normal, moderately intelligent, and gifted at following twisted, complex trails to find the criminals.

This story involves finding the bones of a murder victim thirty-five years after his unsolved disappearance took place. At time, the victim was one of the teenaged Banks' best friends.

At the same time, another teenage boy has disappeared in current time. Banks is involved in both investigations in different ways--he's assigned to the current murder, and he helps out as an interested party in the investigation of the older crime.

Robinson skillfully intertwines the two stories as Banks and his associates in two cities separately work through the web of clues, false trails, hints, and facts to find the both killers.

Along the way, we learn a great deal about English life, including the ever-present class struggles and animosity, crime, and daily life in both the mid-60s and now.

I recommend all of Robinson's books, including this one. It's thoughtful, pleasant reading that exercises your intellect just enough to keep you thoroughly awake while watching an expert detective do his job. (It also helps to be of an age with Banks--his meandering through his memories of his friend 35 years ago in the 60s includes a lot of references to the music of the time, which was important to me in those days, too.)
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