All the Colors of Darkness
By Peter Robinson
(Harper, Mass Market Paperback, 9780061362941, 416pp.)
Publication Date: March 2010
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In a world of terror and uncertainty, what does one small death matter?
The body hanging from a tree in a peaceful wood appears to Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot to be a suicide. Further investigation into the sad demise of Mark Hardcastle, the set designer for the local amateur theater company, leads to the corpse of Mark's older, wealthier lover, brutally bludgeoned to death.
Suddenly the case demands the attention of Chief Inspector Alan Banks, called back from his vacation even though nothing suggests this wasn't a crime of passion followed by remorse and self-destruction. But machinations within the shadow world of secret government only add to the colors of darkness already shading this troubling affair. And a stubborn policeman who will not be frightened away could lose everything in one terrifying, explosive instant.
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 more than twenty-five years. He now divides his time between North America and the U.K.
“Robinson shows a deft hand at using forensic science, conflict between characters, and recurring series themes. Another winner from one of Britain’s established A-listers.”
-Booklist on All the Colors of Darkness
“As much thriller as crime story...solid...Robinson deftly integrates the requisite espionage element with his regular cast. The unexpected cliffhanger will assure readers that this chapter in Banks’s life is far from over.”
-Publishers Weekly on All the Colors of Darkness
“Best-selling author Robinson branches out into new territory in what may be his best novel yet.”
-Library Journal on All the Colors of Darkness
“A well-written, thought-provoking continuation of our relationship with characters who inhabit the same world of darkness, accident, and concern that we all do.”
-Cleveland Plain Dealer on All the Colors of Darkness
“Smoothly blends aspects of the spy thriller into what seems to be a murder-suicide....Robinson doesn’t miss a beat....All the Colors of Darkness is another example of Robinson’s seamless, insightful storytelling.”
-South Florida Sun Sentinel on All the Colors of Darkness
“Smart, absorbing detective series....[Robinson’s] latest novel about Yorkshire detectives Alan Banks and Annie Cabbot is every bit as captivating as its predecessors....You’ll be eagerly awaiting their next adventure.”
-Miami Herald on All the Colors of Darkness
“Robinson pulls the reader in from the first page of this tightly plotted story and the vividly drawn characters only enhance the pleasures of this fine novel. All the Colors of Darkness is the 18th mystery in the multiple-award-winning Alan Banks series—and it’s one of the best.”
-Mystery Scene on All the Colors of Darkness
“Robinson’s deft handling of psychological anguish makes this exploration of ‘jealousy, betrayal, envy, ambition, greed, lust, revenge—all the colors of darkness’ an outstanding addition to this distinguished series.”
-The Strand on All the Colors of Darkness
“An intricate thriller.”
-Suspense Magazine on All the Colors of Darkness