Children of the Revolution

Children of the Revolution

An Inspector Banks Novel

Book - 2014
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"A disgraced college lecturer is found murdered on a disused railway line near his home. He has 5,000 euros in his pocket, yet in the four years since his dismissal has been living a poverty-stricken and hermit-like existence. There are many suspects, mostly at the college where he used to teach, but Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, much to the chagrin of his boss, soon becomes fixated on Lady Veronica Chalmers, who appears to have links with the victim going back to the early 1970s at the University of Essex, then a hotbed of political activism. Banks suspects that Lady Chalmers is not telling the whole truth, and after he pushes his inquiries a bit too far, he is called on the carpet and warned to lay off. He must continue to conduct his investigation surreptitiously. When the breakthroughs come, they are not the ones that Banks and his team expected, and everything turns in a different direction and moves into very high gear"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2014
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780062240507
0062240501
Branch Call Number: MYS Robi
Characteristics: 336 p

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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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