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Cold is the Grave (2000)

de Peter Robinson

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Sèrie: Inspector Banks (11)

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Inspector Banks is to locate Emily, his enemy Chief Constable Riddle's teenaged daughter, who has run away to London. When Banks finds her, he forges an odd friendship with the wild, rebellious girl. He is horrified, then, whe she dies from strychnine-laced cocaine a few weeks later. As the troubled Inspector tries to find the killer in London's trendy club scene, he is nagged by a persistent suspicion that both Riddle and his wife may be withholding crucial information.… (més)
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“... he realized with a shock that the loss of innocence never stopped happening, that he was still losing it, that it was like a wound that never healed, and he would probably go on losing it, drop by drop, until the day he died.” — Peter Robinson, “Cold Is the Grave”

That Peter Robinson closes “Cold Is the Grave” (2000) with the words above tells us something not just about this particular novel but about his entire series of Inspector Banks novels: This is serious stuff. This is quality stuff. Here is a fictional detective hero who actually feels something about his cases, about the victims and the families of the victims and even about the villains whose actions cause so much suffering. So many fictional crime solvers seem to forget one case when they start another. Banks remembers, and so innocence drips out of him like blood from a wound.
Chief Constable Jimmy Riddle doesn't like Banks, but when his 16-year-old daughter runs away to London and subsequently appears on a porn site, he asks Banks to bring her back, but in an unofficial capacity rather than as a police officer. Riddle may not like Banks, but he knows he can do the job.

Banks does find Emily Riddle — in the company of a suspected mobster — and takes her home. Days later Emily dies in a pub after taking cocaine laced with poison. Banks takes her death hard, both because he thought he had just rescued her from danger but also because she is close in age to his own daughter.

Meanwhile, told by his wife that she wants a divorce, he reignites his affair with Annie Cabot, the officer who serves under him in this always-interesting series of crime novels, yet Annie wrestles with her own demons when a cop who had once participated in a gang rape of her shows up to assist in another case.

This novel may be longer than most of those in the series, but it never slows down and never seems too long. ( )
  hardlyhardy | May 23, 2021 |
I thoroughly enjoyed my return to DCI Banks. I think that the series is just too big to be satisfied by a sprint through the entire oeuvre.

Banks has his personal issues but, they are kept in their proper place: subservient to the plot.

What I particularly admire about Mr Robinson's books is that they have the expected plot twist but, it never appears contrived. In this particular tale, it seems to be immediately apparent who committed the crimes and that all that is needed is the proof. As the investigation continues, however, inconvenient facts start to emerge which leads to a vault face in the last few pages.

Once the details of the real criminal are exposed, the reader has to admit that, not only does the new solution make perfect sense, but that the clues were there to be found.

An excellent book. ( )
  the.ken.petersen | Jun 10, 2018 |
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks' life is shaken to the core when he is unexpectedly pulled into the investigation of a young girl's disappearance in this shattering suspense novel from the hand of a modern master. When the nude photo of a teenage runaway shows up on a website, the girl's father turns to Detective Chief Inspector Alan banks for help. But these aren’t unusual circumstances, for the runaway is the daughter of a man who's determined to destroy the dedicated Yorkshire policeman's career and good name. Still, it’s a case that Banks—a father himself—dares not ignore as he follows its trail into teeming London. But when a series of gruesome murders follows soon after, Banks finds himself pulled into the past and private world of his most powerful enemy, Chief Constable Jimmy Riddle. One can never escape their pasts—especially when there are sordid secrets waiting to be revealed.

It's a very engaging, dark mystery. Through the foolishness of the teenage daughter of his nemesis, Chief Constable Riddle, the recurring protagonist...CI Alan Banks gets caught up in the drug world in and beyond London. It seems that Chief Constable "Jimmy" Riddle may be becoming "a more likable human being"...if that is even possible... as he overcomes his extreme dislike for Alan Banks and has to ask for his help.

All of the characters in Peter Robinson's Alan Banks series seem real and believable. Alan Banks is heroism personified...Cabot is tough and vulnerable. Together they are a force to be reckoned with. The plot is complicated enough to keep you guessing to the very end. ( )
  Carol420 | Oct 10, 2017 |
4.5 stars. More of an in-depth read than his previous books in the series. ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
As "Cold Is the Grave" opens, Detective Inspector Alan Banks is surprised at a request of Chief Constable Jimmy Riddle: the Chief, who has never hidden his thorough dislike of Banks, asks him to go to London to find out what his 16-year-old daughter, Emily, is up to and, if possible, to bring her home. The task is quite easily accomplished, although the unsavory characters Emily has encountered leaves Banks with a bad taste. Still, he moves on to other cases - an execution-style murder of a small-time crook, for starters - until he is drawn back into Emily’s - and Riddle’s - orbit in a most tragic way…."Cold Is the Grave" is the 11th Inspector Banks novel, and as ever Peter Robinson does an excellent job of fleshing out his characters and getting under their skin. A lot of the forward momentum of this entry relies on a series of misunderstandings between Banks and his detective sergeant (and former lover) Annie, but fortunately those communication misfires don’t last for too long and their relationship is allowed to continue to grow in a slow but believable way. By this point in the series, I think the reader needs to have read at least some of the earlier books, but as they’re a lot of fun to read, I don’t think that’s too much of a barrier to anyone; recommended! ( )
  thefirstalicat | Jun 6, 2016 |
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Inspector Banks is to locate Emily, his enemy Chief Constable Riddle's teenaged daughter, who has run away to London. When Banks finds her, he forges an odd friendship with the wild, rebellious girl. He is horrified, then, whe she dies from strychnine-laced cocaine a few weeks later. As the troubled Inspector tries to find the killer in London's trendy club scene, he is nagged by a persistent suspicion that both Riddle and his wife may be withholding crucial information.

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