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Bad Boy
DCI Alan Banks Mystery, No 19
Peter Robinson

Nov 2011 / ISBN 9780061362965
Mystery / British Police Procedural

Reviewed by Barbara Buhrer

Because Alan Banks is on vacation in the United States, DI Annie Cabot takes the call from Banks' former neighbor, Janet Doyle, who reports that she has discovered a gun hidden in her home by her daughter, Erin. The attempt to retrieve the gun by the Armed Response Team ends tragically.

When Banks returns, he finds his daughter, Tracy, is missing in the company of the weapon's owner, Geoffrey McCready, Eastvale's "bad boy." When Annie finds Tracy and attempts to persuade her to turn herself into the police, McCready shoots her. Banks launches a desperate investigation to rescue the seriously wounded Annie and to extricate his daughter from her dangerous situation.

Robinson has given his readers another well written and well plotted case in his familiar Yorkshire setting. This is an insightful view of Tracy's tension between her responsibilities and her attempt for self realization. He probes into Banks' midlife crisis and his relation with Annie, and with his attempt to bridge the riff between himself and his daughter.

Yet another Robinson book not to be missed

Reviews of other titles in this series

Cold is the Grave, 11
Aftermath, 12
Close to Home, 13
Playing Fire, 14
Strange Affair, 15 [audio] [book]
Piece of My Heart, 16
Friend of the Devil, 17
All the Colors of Darkness
, 18

Reviewed 2012