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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Children of the Revolution by Peter Robinson (a mystery review) and Contest to Win a Copy

Children of the Revolution
An Inspector Banks Novel
Author:  Peter Robinson
Published:  March 25/14
Publisher:  William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers
Pages:  339
Genre:  Mystery
ISBN: 9780062240507
Source:  A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION is available now at Amazon | B&N  IndieBound 

New York Times bestselling author Peter Robinson is back with the gritty, witty, and intricate mind of Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks in a complex case told in CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION (William Morrow; Hardcover; March 25, 2014; $25.99; ISBN: 9780062240507).With inexorable momentum, emotional literacy, and a serpentine knot of connections driving the case, Robinson lucidly illustrates his ongoing ability to intrigue readers, old and new.

When disgraced college lecturer Gavin Miller is discovered dead on an abandoned railway line near his home, Banks and his team are drafted to investigate what appears to be a drug-facilitated murder. But Miller is found with a staggering 5,000 pounds—a surprising facet given Miller lived as a poverty-stricken recluse since his dismissal at Eastvale College four years prior. As evidence unfolds, Banks begins to realize it’s not the present that will lead him to the answers he needs, but the dark seeds of the past.

The detective and his team start to track back through Miller’s life, finding a long line of suspects at Eastvale, as well as his Alma mater—a hotbed of militant protest and bitter politics during his stay. Banks is convinced that the skeletons of the past will break this case open, but once a high-profile suspect becomes involved, his superiors warn him to back off.

Now risking his career by conducting the investigation surreptitiously, he uncovers family secrets that lead to a dramatic collision. After the layers of deceit are stripped away, the breakthroughs are not the ones Banks expected and the case moves into high gear with an unexpected end.

In this novel, Robinson brings a fascinating backstory to the fore and the reality of the 1970’s to life. CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION is a top-notch thriller that further confirms Banks’ place as one of the most intriguing characters in detective fiction.

My thoughts:

Not too long ago I discovered a British mystery series that I have become quite addicted to watching.  As I began reading Children of the Revolution, I found parallels between this mystery novel and the series I enjoy so much.  Not that they are similar, really, but both take place in Britain, both are police procedurals, and both are intricately plotted so as to keep the reader/viewer totally enthralled.

Banks lives and breathes through the penned words of Robinson.  The author not only focuses on the investigative aspect of the mystery, he shares insight into the characters within the story, making them as real as you and I.  When Banks and his team uncover information that leads to a person of high stature, Banks is warned to back off.  But Banks is like a dog with a bone and he can't, even though it could have unfavourable repercussions and damage his career, including his chance for promotion.

I like that fighting character and wouldn't expect anything but.  One cannot root for a protagonist who doesn't fight a good fight, who won't back down when it comes to justice.  Perhaps that is why I enjoy mysteries so much.  I love an intricate plot and strong characters.  Robinson promises both with Children of the Revolution.  All those accolades he has earned throughout his writing career are well-earned.  

Now I know you'll want to read this for yourself!!  Here's your chance.  

Peter Robinson's award-winning novels have been named a Best-Book-of-the-Year by Publishers Weekly, a Notable Book by the New York Times, and a Page-Turner-of-the-Week by People magazine. Robinson was born and raised in Yorkshire but has lived in North America for over twenty-five years. He now divides his time between North America and the U.K. 

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