An Inspector Banks Novel
William Morrow, Hardcover, 9780061362958, 352pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2010
Acclaimed internationally bestselling author Peter Robinson delivers a fast-paced, nail-biting thriller in which Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks must face his most challenging and personal case yet
A distraught woman arrives at the Eastvale police station desperate to speak to Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. But since Banks is away on holiday, his partner, Annie Cabbot, steps in. The woman tells Annie that she's found a loaded gun hidden in the bedroom of her daughter, Erina punishable offense under English law. When an armed response team breaks into the house to retrieve the weapon, the seemingly straightforward procedure quickly spirals out of control.
But trouble is only beginning for Annie, the Eastvale force, and Banks, and this time, the fallout may finally do the iconoclastic inspector in. For it turns out that Erin's best friend and roommate is none other than Tracy Banks, the DCI's daughter, who was last seen racing off to warn the owner of the gun, a very bad boy indeed.
Thrust into a complicated and dangerous case intertwining the personal and the professional as never before, Annie and Banksa bit of a bad boy himselfmust risk everything to outsmart a smooth and devious psychopath. Both Annie and Banks understand that it's not just his career hanging in the balance, it's also his daughter's life.
“Another outstanding crime novel from Robinson.”
-Booklist (starred review) on Bad Boy
-Kirkus Reviews on Bad Boy
“Excellent characterization and skillful plotting make this an engrossing read.”
-Library Journal on Bad Boy
“Bad Boy is very, very good indeed.”
-Strand magazine on Bad Boy
“A top-notch thriller that further advances Banks’ development as one of the most intriguing characters in detective fiction….With emotional literacy and inexorable momentum that builds tension to the breaking point, Robinson reaffirms his place in the top cadre of police-procedural writers.”
-Richmond Times-Dispatch on Bad Boy
“A murderous psychopath presents Alan Banks with the most intensely personal challenge of the maverick detective’s storied career. Superbly cinematic from the beginning to the explosive finale, this would be a thrilling movie.”
-Joseph Wambaugh, New York Times bestselling author of Hollywood Moon
“Robinson once again achieves the high bar he’s set in all his previous Inspector Banks books: gut-wrenching plotting alongside heart-wrenching portraits of the characters who populate his world, not to mention the top-notch police procedure. This one will stay with you for a long time.”
-Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of Roadside Crosses
“You’d better buy.”
-Library Journal on Bad Boy
“(A) strong entry in a superb series.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Bad Boy