Children of the Revolution

Children of the Revolution

Large Print - 2014
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Multiple award-winning, New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Peter Robinson returns with Children of the Revolution, a superb tale of mystery and murder that takes acclaimed British Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks back to the early 1970s--a turbulent time of politics, change, and radical student activism.

The body of a disgraced college lecturer is found on an abandoned railway line. In the four years since his dismissal for sexual misconduct, he'd been living like a hermit. So where did he get the 5,000 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 ago 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 he's about to break the case open, his superior warns him to back off. Yet Banks isn't about to stop, even if it means risking his career. 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.

Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, c2014
Edition: 1st HarperLuxe ed
ISBN: 9780062298591
Branch Call Number: LT M ROB
Characteristics: 560 p. (large print) ;,23 cm

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rb3221
Feb 12, 2017

This police procedural , a nice easy read, goes back 40 years to a world of communism, political activism, hippies and more. There were a few annoying parts of the novel: the bickering of Annie, Banks and Gerry is unsettling and not in character; Bank's possible new love interest is just too young and doesn't ring true; there is too much of what Banks is eating, drinking and listening to.
Often the pace is slow as Robinson re-visits each piece of evidence numerous times as the plot plods along. The ending seems contrived and is a bit disappointing for this reader. Still reasonably entertaining. Is Robinson nearing the end of Banks?

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5717Eagle
Sep 27, 2014

Probably the worst Peter Robinson book. Boring. Almost entirely interviews with suspects. Nothing happens. Drawn out. I think this story may have been ghost written and Robinson put his name to it. Just as well I did not buy this book. Not even woth borrowing from the library. Choose something else

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titchieboyt
Jul 11, 2014

Predictable, but makes it an easy read.
I was going to put t down one-third through but glad I kept on reading it.
I did not guess who did it at the end.
I agree with what another reader says - mentions the music songs too much and I thought here we go again and if you did not know the 70's Britain and what was going on then politically - you would sadly loose interest n the book!.

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athena14
Jun 16, 2014

There are so many references to music (the victim's, DCI Banks', etc.) that this book should come with a CD soundtrack. I'm not at all familiar with the Grateful Dead, for example, and wonder if that made the book less enjoyable for me.

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stinaOTR
Jun 15, 2014

DI Banks is one of my favorite characters. I appreciate Robinson's character development, although I really wanted more of the dynamic between Annie and Alan. Interesting story and great writing, as always.

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deRougemont
Apr 11, 2014

Another winner from Peter Robinson. One of the pleasures picking up a book by this author is the consistency from book to book over the course what has become a lengthy series. One of the masters of crime fiction.

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goldenreader
Mar 10, 2014

very poorly written. His books have definitely gone down hill. The language is so cheesy as to be almost embarrassing. I am sorry I bothered. Too bad I am too stubborn to give up on a book once started. not recommended

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BillyBoy46
Jan 07, 2014

Almost a retrospective look at the times of Banks' career. This story has to be the penultimate Banks story, surely? He's been around now for years in Yorkshire and worked his way up to Inspector in the Met before that - he's got to be close to retirement by now (even if it is now stretched out to 65).

I liked it - more like a visit with an old friend than a gripping mystery.

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Daphne57
Jan 05, 2014

Peter Robinson writes about family, children, police work and history-english-Thatcher and the coal miners

Class and education differences in Eng society over the last 60 years

human relations, loves, hates crossing the lines.and a great murder/mystery story.

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LindaMarion
Dec 24, 2013

I agree with other comments. Repetitive plot details, too long. Not suspenseful.Easy Read!

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