Aftermath by Peter
DCI Alan Banks Mystery, No 12
William Morrow & Co - October 2001
ISBN: 0380978326 - Hardcover
British police procedural
Reviewed by Brenda
Peter Robinson's 12th
suspense novel, Aftermath, has Acting Detective Superintendent
Alan Banks handling the outcome of a domestic call and the discovery of
a grizzly crime scene. The strong subject of this chilling police procedural
mystery is abuse - domestic, child, and sexual.
After two officers follow
up a domestic disturbance call, only one survives; the other is accused
of using extreme force. The situation uncovers an indescribable, horrific
scene that one only hears about on the News. Maggie, a neighbor, never
imagined calling 999 to save her friend would uncover such atrocities.
With the help of forensics and a profiler, Banks identifies the bodies
and tries to discover if both the husband and wife were involved and if
there are more participators.
This being a series,
Banks's character is constantly evolving, and never more so than in this
one. An ex-lover moves back, ready to pick up where they left off, his
present girlfriend wants a change, and his daughter shows up with her
own news as to why Banks should grant her mother a divorce. He realizes
he isn't young anymore and wonders where his life going. It's a time of
personal evaluation and possible change.
The plot will ground
you to your seat. The content will make you cringe. The outcome will leave
you in shock. Peter Robinson has penned another descriptive, disturbing
read that will have readers running to the nearest exit for a breath of
fresh air when it's all over.
of other titles in this series
is the Grave #11
to Home #13
Strange Affair #15 [audio]
of My Heart #16
of the Devil #17
All the Colors of Darkness #18
In The Dark Places #22 [review
When The Music's Over #23 [review