Aftermath

Aftermath

An Inspector Banks Novel

eBook - 2008
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In the early hours of a sweet May morning, two Yorkshire police officers investigating a "domestic" stumble upon the very worst of crimes - the sexual torture and murder of a young teenage girl. Moments later, one of the officers is felled by a machete blow, and his rookie, female partner takes out her disgust and fury on the murderer, battering him to death. This is the intensely dramatic, wrenching beginning to the twelfth in Peter Robinson's award-winning and internationally bestselling Inspector Banks series.

The task of investigating Probationary PC Janet Taylor's actions falls to DI Annie Cabbot, Banks's lover. This complication to his love life unsettles Banks, but he keeps his mind on his job, one that becomes immeasurably more difficult when the bodies of other teenage girls are found buried in the torturer's garden. Who are these girls? Why weren't they all reported missing? These are difficult questions, yet the central question Banks has to answer is how much did the murderer's wife know? Was she, too, the victim of a sick and twisted man, as she claims, or was she an accomplice?

This compelling story is at its heart a deeply sensitive, astute, and ultimately unforgettable exploration of the nature and long-lasting effects of crime and of victimhood. Its intelligence, honesty, and moments of grace lift Aftermath out of the confines of genre fiction and place it in the first rank of novels on crime.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 2008
Edition: Mass-market pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781551991436
1551991438
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Jan 02, 2017

Banks is trying to solve a multiple murder case similar to the Bernardo and Homolka case that inspired Robinson to write this novel. At the same time Banks is having problems with his ex who is awaiting the divorce papers and is having problems with his present girlfriend while under the huge stress of being acting Superintendent.
This thriller and police procedural also deals with the 'backstory' to explain how Lucy became what she is. This novel is certainly not for the squeamish, this dark story of horrific crimes and the long standing effects of abuse.
Will I read more Robinson novels featuring Banks? Yes and overall this is a recommended read.

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Feb 06, 2016

If you are a fan of fictional detective novels then I highly recommend this book. Robinson's incredible attention to detail, excellent character development and crimes that mirror the news of the day contribute to the overall juiciness of this book. Looking forward to reading the next one! The Inspector Bank's series is probably the best police & crime fiction I've read.

Jumpmaker Dec 24, 2012

The best of Robinson's novels.

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FavouriteFiction Oct 29, 2009

Inspector Banks and his lover Annie Cabbot investigate a rookie police officer who has beaten to death the serial killer who murdered her partner.

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