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Wednesday's Child (1992)

de Peter Robinson

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Sèrie: Inspector Banks (6)

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When two social workers, investigating reports of child abuse, appear at Brenda Scupham's door, her fear of authority leads her to comply meekly with their requests. Even when they say that they must take her seven-year old daughter Gemma away for tests... It is only when they fail to return Gemma the following day that Brenda realizes something has gone terribly wrong. At the same time, Banks is investigating a particularly unpleasant murder at the site of an abandoned mine. Gradually, the leads in the two cases converge, guiding Banks to one of the most truly terrifying criminals he will ever meet...… (més)
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Published in 1992, “Wednesday's Child” came relatively early in Peter Robinson's terrific series of Inspector Banks novels, a series still going strong.

As usual Banks and his team of investigators have two major crimes — perhaps related, perhaps not — to deal with at the same time. (How the English village of Eastvale can have so many major crimes is a mystery itself, on a par with the many murders that occur in Jane Marple's quaint village of St. Mary Mead.) A young couple pose as social workers and take away a woman's seven-year-old daughter, Gemma, supposedly because of suspected child abuse. Then the body of a man knifed to death is found.

At this point early in the series, Alan Banks is still just the No. 2 man among Eastvale investigators. In charge, though nearing retirement, is Detective Superintendent Gristhorpe, who for personal reasons decides to take charge of the kidnapping case, leaving the murder to Banks. Readers follow both investigations step by step, waiting to see if the two paths connect.

Except for the abundance of evil in Eastvale, these books suggest realism throughout: believable characters, believable crimes, believable detective work and finally a believable outcome. Unusual for the series, “Wednesday's Child” includes both a chase and a shootout, yet even these seem real.

This novel will satisfy all those Robinson fans who, like me, get to it late. ( )
  hardlyhardy | Nov 15, 2020 |
Synopsis: When a well-dressed couple, claiming to be social workers, appear at Brenda Scupham's door, saying they must take her seven-year-old daughter, Gemma, into care after allegations of abuse, Brenda is confused and intimidated enough to hand the child over. But when the couple, Mr. Brown and Miss Peterson, fail to bring Gemma home, Brenda realizes she has made a terrible mistake. As the days go by, Detective Chief Inspector Banks begins to lose hope of finding Gemma alive. Then a rambler finds a body in the ruins of an old lead mine, and the two cases begin to converge in a terrifying way, leading Banks to a showdown with one of the most chillingly evil criminals he has ever come up against.
Review: As a sign of the times, the hero smokes incessantly - this is really annoying because it adds nothing to the story. I was surprised at the ending - also a sign of the times in which the book was written. ( )
  DrLed | Feb 23, 2019 |
A child is abducted from her home. Her mother doesn't really love her, and her live-in boyfriend is known to the police. The child's clothes are found by a couple near an old mine; however, the body the police discover belongs to a gardener. Because of an old case, Supt. Gristhorpe takes an active role in the child's disappearance and assigns the gardener to Inspector Banks. They are fairly certain the two cases are linked, but how and why? This one kept me interested. I especially enjoyed Gristhorpe's involvement in the case. The other team members (Richmond, Susan, and Hatchley) make appearances, but their roles are far less than normal. It's a good solid installment in the series, even if the subject matter is not all that pleasant. I listened to the audio version narrated by James Langton who does an excellent job with this series. ( )
  thornton37814 | Dec 6, 2018 |
From Amazon:

the case of a missing child is inextricably linked to that of the murder of a young man, sending Chief Inspector Alan Banks down a harrowing road to uncover the truth behind the crimes. It was a crime of staggering inhumanity: a seven-year-old girl taken from her working class Yorkshire home by an attractive young couple posing as social workers. Chief Inspector Alan Banks feels certain little Gemma Scupham is dead, yet the motive for her kidnapping remains a mystery. No ransom is ever demanded, nor could Gemma's tortured, guilt-ridden mother afford to pay one. And when the body of a young man is discovered in an abandoned mine, slain in a particularly brutal fashion, a disturbing perplexing case takes an even further sinister twist drawing Banks into the sordid depths of an evil more terrible and terrifying than anything the seasoned investigator has ever encountered.

My Thoughts:

In true Perter Robinson style...it seems nothing is connected and then suddenly everything is connected. Two seemingly unrelated cases neatly converge into one intricate case for Inspector Alan Banks. Robinson also took somewhat of a pause in Wednesday's Child to develop some of the characters that surround Banks... most notably his boss, Gristhope. We have the opportunity to learn a bit more about his character and what his detective abilities are...and it seems that the "old horse" is not ready to be put out to pasture just yet. This author...with his remarkable talent for setting a scene...expresses the Yorkshire ambiance so that the reader feels that they are there. Another 5 star offering from Peter Robinson.
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  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
This is the sixth in the Inspector Banks series, set in Yorkshire, England. The story begins with the kidnapping of seven-year-old Gemma Scupham, although no ransom is every demanded. The kidnappers had posed as social workers, who claimed they were investigating rumors of abuse towards the child.

Then, another heinous crime (a grisly murder) is discovered in the same rural area, and the police think the crimes might be related because serious crimes hardly ever happen in that semi-rural district.

Detective Inspector Alan Banks is taken off the kidnapping case, and assigned to the grisly murder. Much of the novel follows Banks’s boss, Detective Superintendent Gristhorpe, as he follows up leads in the kidnapping case. Are the crimes related after all? And what happened to Gemma?

Every part of the book is well written; but the abrupt (cataclysmic?) change of tone at the end seems inconsistent with the rest of the book.

(JAB) ( )
  nbmars | Apr 11, 2016 |
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When two social workers, investigating reports of child abuse, appear at Brenda Scupham's door, her fear of authority leads her to comply meekly with their requests. Even when they say that they must take her seven-year old daughter Gemma away for tests... It is only when they fail to return Gemma the following day that Brenda realizes something has gone terribly wrong. At the same time, Banks is investigating a particularly unpleasant murder at the site of an abandoned mine. Gradually, the leads in the two cases converge, guiding Banks to one of the most truly terrifying criminals he will ever meet...

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