Piece of My Heart

Piece of My Heart

Book - 2006
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The Inspector Banks series has won or been nominated for numerous awards in Canada, Britain, and the United States, including the prestigious John Creasy Award (U.K.), the Edgar Award (U.S.), the Martin Beck Award (Sweden), and the Arthur Ellis Award (Canada). In 2001, Robinson was awarded the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and the following year won the Dagger in the Library award from the British Crime Writers' Association. Playing With Fire is shortlisted for the 2005 Hammett Award, given by the International Association of Crime Writers. As volunteers clean up after a huge outdoor rock festival in Yorkshire in 1969, they discover the body of a young woman wrapped in a sleeping bag. She has been brutally murdered. The detective assigned to the case, Stanley Chadwick, is a hard-headed, straitlaced former soldier and veteran of the Second World War. He could not have less in common with -- or less regard for -- young, disrespectful, long-haired hippies, smoking marijuana and listening to the pulsing sounds of rock and roll. But he has a murder to solve, and it looks as if the victim was somehow associated with the up-and-coming psychedelic pastoral band the Mad Hatters. Thirty-five years later, Inspector Alan Banks is investigating the murder of a freelance music journalist who was working on a feature about the Mad Hatters for MOJO magazine. Aging rock superstars, the Mad Hatters have once again been brushed by tragedy. Banks finds he has to delve into the past to find out exactly what hornet's nest the journalist inadvertently stirred up.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 2006
ISBN: 9780771076091
0771076096
Branch Call Number: M ROB
Characteristics: 378 p. ;,24 cm

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aafleming
Oct 21, 2017

In light of the just-released and very lame "Sleeping in the Ground," I wanted to go back and highlight this book as one of (in MY opinion) Robinson's best.

If you were disappointed by "Sleeping in the Ground," and are new to Robinson, please read his earlier work. He loves nostalgia, and loves to combine stories from the past with current day crimes, and this is another example of where he does it very well.

rb3221 Jan 14, 2017

Switching between two different times 2005 and 1969, an era of hippies, drugs and free love, Banks and his co-worker Annie Cabbot investigate a murder and slowly discover a link between this murder and one from 1969. As usual Banks doggedly pursues the case as small links between the two slowly become evident.
If you are a fan of Banks and of crime/mystery novels, then this is a good read but perhaps not the best Robinson novel.

kdwaynec Sep 15, 2014

I've read all of the Banks novels in order so far and this is not one of the best.

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GerryAdams
Apr 19, 2011

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