Gallows View

Gallows View

Book - 2016
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"The climax, choreographed to a furious pace, should fill the land with the sound of pages turning." Toronto Star


The classic first novel in Peter Robinson's internationally bestselling Inspector Banks series!

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks of the Criminal Investigation Department has recently relocated from London to Eastvale, a quiet town in the Yorkshire dales, seeking to escape to stress of city life. But he soon finds that life in the country is not quite as idyllic as he had imagined . . .
As a peeping Tom disturbs the peace of Eastvale women, two local teenagers commit crimes that escalate from theft to violence. Then, an elderly woman is found brutally slain in her home. As the cases weave closer and closer together, Banks finds himself caught in a net of danger that threatens his suddenly vulnerable personal life. Haunting and harrowing, Gallows View is powerful novel of suspense that will linger long in the mind.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 2016.
ISBN: 9780771073236
Branch Call Number: ROB
Characteristics: 244 p. : map ; 21 cm.

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heyLIB
Mar 24, 2018

Boring, sexist drivel for a plot. Such tired cliches of men and women. Ham-handed for sure. There are many well written mystery novels out there with characters that are complex and challenging and interesting so I see no reason to waste my time with the tiresome Inspector Banks. It's a pity because I love a good English village police procedural, and one that deals with real issues too - but this book was not good.

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ApollosRaven
Jul 06, 2016

Interesting to see Robinson's first in this popular series. Written in the mid-80s, the views of women (Bank's wife, and a female "profiler") are more than a little ham-handed, but overall a good title. Robinson was really in the forefront of British police procedural writers bringing more realism into the genre in the U.K.

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Palomino
Oct 25, 2010

Would you call Banks hard-boiled? or just realistic? He's too ordinary and flawed to be one of my fictional detective heroes, but I like the trouble he gets into. I had to check, actually, that this book was about Banks, because I get him confused with Rebus and Skinner; similar mix of sex, violence, politics, police, and current events.

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DavidCarr
Oct 21, 2014

DavidCarr thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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