Children of the Revolution
by Peter Robinson on Tour March 24 - April 30, 2014
Genre: British Crime ProceduralSynopsis:
Published by: William Morrow
Publication Date: March 25th 2014
Number of Pages: 352
Multiple-award-winning, New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Peter Robinson returns with a superb tale of mystery and murder that takes Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and his colleague DI Annie Cabbot back to the early 1970s—a turbulent time of politics, change, and radical student activism—to solve a case that has been decades in the making.
The body of disgraced college lecturer Gavin Miller is found on an abandoned railway line by a woman out walking her dog early one winter morning. In the four years since Miller's dismissal for sexual misconduct, he's been living like a hermit, listening to music from his college days and existing as frugally as possible on the outskirts of a small village. So where did he get the five thousand pounds found in his pocket?
Leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks begins to suspect that the victim's past may be connected to his death. Forty years earlier the dead man attended a university that was a hotbed of militant protest and divisive, bitter politics. And as the seasoned detective well knows, some grudges are never forgotten—or forgiven.
Just as Banks is about to break the case open, his superior warns him to back off or risk losing the promotion he has been promised. Yet Banks isn't about to stop, even if it means risking his career altogether. He's certain there's more to the mystery than meets the eye, and more skeletons to uncover before the case can finally be closed.
This is a great mystery/murder/thriller type book that takes you through the process of trying to find out why one man was murdered. They start with a lot of suspects and motives and I didn't see this one coming and I usually can spot it early on who the killer is and why, but I got completely blindsided by this one.
Of course, the questions and the answers took a good while and you really didn't know until basically the last chapter who and what was really going on. I was also shocked at how they handled the killer and the fallout afterwards. It was a little bit upsetting that no one is held accountable and yes, I know he probably did a bad thing but he really wasn't a bad man. Just got caught up in circumstances that were not his fault (I am talking about the murder victim).
It is a great mystery story and if you love to be kept in the dark until the very end, then this book delivers on that. I just wished the secret had come out for many reasons but I will let you decide that for yourself.
Critical Praise for Children of the Revolution“Smoothly blends careful police work and astute psychological observations.”
— PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
“Robinson rolls out a police procedural with exquisite precision.”
— USA TODAY
“It’s easy to relate to and root for Banks.”
— NEW YORK POST
“Haunting stand-alone from Arthus Ellis Award-winner Robinson.”
— PUBLISHERS WEEKLY ON BEFORE THE POISON
“Ambitious…Robinson shows a keen awareness of the global reach of crime.”
— NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
“Superb mystery series...outstanding.”
— WALL STREET JOURNAL
Among Peter Robinson’s award-winning Inspector Banks novels, there are titles which have been named "Best Book of the Year" by Publishers Weekly, a "Notable Book" by The New York Times, and a “Page Turner of the Week” by People.
Robinson was born and brought up in Yorkshire, England, and now divides his time between North America and the UK.
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.