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Past Reason Hated (1990)

de Peter Robinson

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Sèrie: Inspector Banks (5)

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The fifth Inspector Banks novel It should have been a cosy scene - log fire, sheepskin rug, Vivaldi on the stereo, Christmas lights and tree. But appearances can be deceptive. For Caroline Hartley, lying quietly on the couch, has been brutally murdered. Inspector Alan Banks is called to the grim scene. And he soon has more suspects than he ever imagined. As he delves into her past, he realizes that for Caroline, secrecy was a way of life, and her death is no different. His ensuing investigation is full of hidden passions and desperate violence...… (més)
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Past Reason Hated, published in 1991, is Peter Robinson’s fifth Inspector Banks book. By this point in the series, even though Robinson is not an author prone to using much of a subplot to explore the personal life of his main character, Inspector Banks is better known to series readers. He is now 39 years old, his wife Sandra is probably about the same age, his son is 17, and his daughter is a preteen with a rapidly expanding interest in boys, make-up, and what her friends think. The man absolutely loves to drink and smoke, preferably at the same time, and he still seldom passes up the chance to do either even when on the job. Interestingly, too, he does not seem to be particularly empathetic when encountering homosexuals of either sex during an investigation – even when, as in his current case, the victim turns out to have been a lesbian. (Was 1991 really that long ago?)

Banks left the London crime scene behind a few years earlier hoping to be able to do his crime-solving at a much slower pace, but so far the citizens of Eastvale, the North Yorkshire town that became his new home, have not much cooperated. Instead, Eastvale and its surrounding suburbs have supplied Banks with a rather steady supply of murders to investigate. In Past Reason Hated, the murder victim is a young lesbian whose bloody corpse is found on her couch just three days before Christmas. Poignantly, the room is well-lit by a decorated Christmas tree, and an album of classical music is playing over and over on the stereo.

Caroline Hartley was a new member of a community theater group on the verge of opening a timely production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, so Banks and his team begin their murder investigation with an immediate abundance of suspects. But, starting with the fact that no one else in the group even suspected that Caroline was gay, Banks and his investigators will soon learn that the real Caroline Hartley hardly resembled the woman she presented herself to the world to be. Banks keeps pulling on threads, the number of suspects grows longer and longer, and Banks even finds himself following leads all the way to the strip clubs in London’s SoHo district and back before he identifies the murderer.

This is one of the more complicated plots of the early Inspector Banks novels, but ironically, it is also one that seems easier for the reader to solve than it is for Banks and his whole crew to figure out. It is a case of “one of these things is not like the others” that will give many readers a solid hunch about the murderer’s identity some 60% or so of the way through Past Reason Hated. And if those readers are like me, they will be disappointed in just how predictable this makes the book’s entire climax. This is one of those times I would have really preferred to be wrong because a surprise at the end would have been a whole lot more fun.

Bottom Line: Past Reason Hated is a well-written literary murder mystery that fails to completely satisfy the veteran mystery reader because it is a little too solvable. That does not mean that fans of the Inspector Banks series should skip this one, though – not at all - because it does add a few details to the Banks character, especially as it relates to the detective’s past, that fans are sure to appreciate. ( )
  SamSattler | May 18, 2020 |
A lesbian woman who was in an amateur production of Twelfth Night is murdered. Does the motive lie in the present or in the past? Chief Inspector Banks and his team, which now includes Inspector Susan Gay, must puzzle it out. Everyone seems to be hiding something. Sergeant Hatchley married and received a promotion, moving to a coastal town, but still serving under Banks. The murder takes place just before Christmas. Most seasoned mystery readers will determine the perpetrator early, but the pacing of the investigation keeps readers interested regardless. I listened to the audio version read by James Langton who does a good job as usual. ( )
  thornton37814 | Oct 28, 2018 |
As with many of Robinson's books, this felt familiar all the way through, like I'd read it before... or maybe it's his knack, for making things seem plausible... a cosy end to this years reading. ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
When a lovely young woman is found brutally murdered in her Eastvale home a few days before Christmas, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is at first overwhelmed with possible suspects and then completely baffled by finding either too many motives or none at all. It is to the woman’s mysterious past that he must look in order to uncover the killer, a past that takes him back to his old haunts in London and also to a crumbling old mansion housing a young man and his very old father, who have secrets of their own…."Past Reason Hated" is the fifth Inspector Banks novel, and in it we find Banks and his team deepening their relationships and learning how to work together more effectively. The story is crisp and well told, but for me the appeal of this series lies in the compassionate nature of the lead character and the way he interacts with others around him. I don’t think it’s necessary to have read the earlier novels to appreciate this one, but as the series as a whole is a lot of fun, I’d recommend doing so anyway. ( )
  thefirstalicat | Feb 25, 2016 |
Robinson's mysteries are always well-written and this was no exception. He has an excellent character in Banks, and a good supporting crew, although it is debatable if the newest team member, Susan Gay, will survive until the next story. There are many suspects and side stories to add complications and lead the reader astray. Surprisingly, I picked the culprit very early, which is why I downgraded an otherwise 4 star tale to 3.5 stars. If it was obvious to me it should have stood out for Banks too. ( )
  VivienneR | Dec 1, 2015 |
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...nevertheless, Robinson, a Toronto resident and winner of the Crime Writers of Canada Best Novel award, creates an appealing Yorkshire setting with evocative descriptions of the wintry town, dales and seaside.
afegit per rretzler | editaPublishers Weekly (Web de pagament) (Aug 2, 1993)
 
The final revelation, unfortunately, isn't up to what comes before...
afegit per rretzler | editaKirkus Reviews (Jun 1, 1993)
 

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The fifth Inspector Banks novel It should have been a cosy scene - log fire, sheepskin rug, Vivaldi on the stereo, Christmas lights and tree. But appearances can be deceptive. For Caroline Hartley, lying quietly on the couch, has been brutally murdered. Inspector Alan Banks is called to the grim scene. And he soon has more suspects than he ever imagined. As he delves into her past, he realizes that for Caroline, secrecy was a way of life, and her death is no different. His ensuing investigation is full of hidden passions and desperate violence...

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