Watching the Dark

Watching the Dark

eBook - 2013
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"When Detective Inspector Bill Reid is found murdered in the tranquil grounds of the St Peter's Police Treatment Centre, and compromising photographs are discovered in his room, DCI Banks is called in to investigate. Because of the possibility of police corruption, he is assigned an officer from Professional Standards, Inspector Joanna Passero, to work closely with him, and he soon finds himself and his methods under scrutiny. It emerges that Reid's murder may be linked to the disappearance of an English girl called Rachel Hewitt, in Tallinn, Estonia, six years earlier. The deeper Banks looks into the old case, the more he begins to feel that he has to solve the mystery of Rachel's disappearance before he can solve Reid's murder, though Inspector Passero has a different agenda. When Banks and Passero travel to Tallinn to track down leads in the dark, cobbled alleys of the city's Old Town, it soon become clear that that someone doesn't want the past stirred up. Meanwhile, DI Annie Cabbot, just back at work after a serious injury, is following up leads in Eastvale. Her investigations take her to the heart of a migrant labor scam involving a corrupt staffing agency and a loan shark who preys on the poorest members of society. As the action shifts back and forth between Tallinn and Eastvale, it soon becomes clear that crimes are linked in more ways than Banks imagined, and that solving them may put even more lives in jeopardy"--
Publisher: New York :, William Morrow,, 2013
ISBN: 9780771076480
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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A fast-paced, intricately plotted, compelling police procedural set in England.

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rb3221 Feb 06, 2017

As usual a Robinson novel with its share of twists and turns, this time about how criminal gangs work, about blackmail, a cold case missing person, a cover up and a dead cop who was possibly compromised. Unfortunately there are a number of very slow moving scenes where very little of importance seems to happen. In the end it all comes together but perhaps a bit too contrived.
Banks is his usual self: a bit rude, unconventional and always intuitive. Annie Cabott is back trying to prove herself with Winsome Jackmam as her competent DS.
In my opinion this is not up to Robinson's high standards but Banks fans will certainly want to read it.

Jan 26, 2014

Ian Rankin's Malcolm Fox is good but not yet quite as good as Rebus.

I liked this.

zullym Mar 24, 2013

I am waiting for the sequel to Before the Poison

Mar 08, 2013

First, isn't Banks getting a bit old now? He was 36 in the first book when he moved to Eastvale in 1987, so he's 61 in this story - a bit old to be chasing around Estonia. Don't they retire at 60?

I didn't like it as much as the earlier Banks stories simply becasue the Estonia trip seemed far-fetched.

I'm still trying to find a number of earlier books in the series - it's a pity that MPL doesn't have a complete set from a local author.

Cdnbookworm Dec 15, 2012

This is another mystery novel in the series featuring Alan Banks. Here, the story begins with the murder of a policeman, and leads to another murder, criminal activity involving migrant workers, and a trail to a case several years old. Annie is just about to return to work after her injury, and gets involved in the domestic end of the case. Banks is off digging into the cold case in Estonia, looking for the ties between the dead policeman and an Estonian journalist.
As usual I enjoy the personal and inner lives we see of these characters, how they relate to each other, the way their history affects their behaviour, and the likes and dislikes. There are weak criminals, repentant ones, and those too arrogant for their own good in the long run. Banks himself is a bit of a rebel, with a strong interest in justice, but not necessarily in following the rules. Annie is also so inclined, with an interest in helping those who have been victimized. She is still recovering both physically and mentally from her close call, and that also is brought into the story. We have the usual fellow police officers, as well as a few new ones, including a lovely blonde. And as in all Banks novels, we have music, both classical and modern, with a lean towards folk. Bringing in the recent criminal trends of human trafficking in its many forms and the drug trade, this novel is a nice addition to the series.

Dec 04, 2012

Agree with those who found this routine and uninspired. Still good enough to keep me reading all the way through.

Nov 11, 2012

Not up to the usual Banks' novel standard. I felt Robinson was going through the motions a bit and I did not find the mystery very interesting or compelling. Perhaps the series has run its course?

Oct 28, 2012

Topical plotline with migrant workers etc. but writing and characters felt a bit flat. Is Banksy getting tired?

Oct 18, 2012

An inspector Banks story. A recovering inspector is shot dead with a crossbow. It leads Banks to an unsolved girl's murder from 6 years ago which the dead policeman had been working on and into international trafficing in illegal immigrants and that slimy, corrupt and brutal underworld. It seems that Robinson is comfortable with Banks because he and the other characters are well fleshed out through small conversations, realistic human emotions and relationships that are all so real.

(Staff) Elaine Bird Sep 24, 2012

The latest installment in the Inspector Banks series is a good one! Annie is back and the team is on the hunt for a cross-bow killer. Well worth the read.

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