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Peter Robinson - Author

About the Author

Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire, and now divides his time between Richmond and Canada.  There are twenty-two books in the bestselling DCI Banks series – the critically acclaimed crime novels have won numerous awards in Britain, the United States, Canada and Europe, and are published in translation all over the world.

Peter Robinson's DCI Banks is now a major ITV1 drama by Left Bank productions. Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart, Ballykissangel) plays Inspector Banks, and Andrea Lowe (The Bill, Murphy's Law) plays DI Annie Cabbot. Peter's recent standalone novel BEFORE THE POISON won the IMBA's 2013 Dilys Award as well as the 2012 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel by the Crime Writers of Canada. This was Peter's sixth Arthur Ellis award.

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Featured books by Peter Robinson

When the Music's Over The 23rd DCI Banks Mystery

When the Music's Over The 23rd DCI Banks Mystery

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2017

The Sunday Times NUMBER ONE bestsellerTwo young girls.Two unspeakable crimes.Fifty years separate them - their pain connects them.When the body of a 15-year-old is found in a remote countryside lane, beaten and broken, DI Annie Cabbot is brought in to investigate how the child could possibly have fallen victim to such brutality. Newly promoted Detective Superintendent Alan Banks is faced with a case that is as cold as they come. Now in her 60s, Linda Palmer was attacked aged 14 by celebrity entertainer Danny Caxton, yet the crime has never been investigated - until now. As each steps closer to uncovering the truth, they'll unearth secrets much darker than they ever could have guessed ...

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Children of the Revolution A DCI Banks Mystery

Children of the Revolution A DCI Banks Mystery

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

Ex-college lecturer Gavin Miller is found dead; his distorted body strewn across a disused railway track near his home. There's no sign of a struggle, and no concrete evidence except for one distinguishing package: GBP5,000 of cash, tucked inside the man's pocket. But when DCI Banks delves into Miller's past, he uncovers a troubled existence tarnished by accusations of abuse and misconduct which throws up an array of puzzling questions. What really occurred at the college where the victim used to teach? How was he embroiled in political activism at Essex University, over forty years ago? And what links him to an upstanding pillar of the community, who also harbours a dark secret from her past? One thing is clear: someone will stop at nothing - even murder - to prevent Banks from discovering the truth ...

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Children of the Revolution A DCI Banks Mystery

Children of the Revolution A DCI Banks Mystery

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/08/2013

A disgraced college lecturer is found murdered with 5,000 pounds in his pocket on a disused railway line near his home. Since being dismissed from his job for sexual misconduct four years previously, he has been living a poverty-stricken and hermit-like existence in this isolated spot. The suspects range from several individuals at the college where he used to teach to a woman who knew the victim back in the early '70s at Essex University, then a hotbed of political activism. When Banks receives a warning to step away from the case, he realises there is much more to the mystery than meets the eye - for there are plenty more skeletons to come out of the closet ...

Before the Poison

Before the Poison

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/2011

Through years of success in Hollywood composing music for Oscar-winning films, Chris Lowndes always imagined he would come full circle, home to Yorkshire with his beloved wife Laura. Now he's back in the Yorkshire Dales, but Laura is dead, and Chris needs to make a new life for himself. The isolated house he buys sight unseen should give him the space to come to terms with his grief and the quiet to allow him to work. Kilnsgate House turns out to be rather more than he expected, however. A man died there, sixty years ago. His wife was convicted of murder. And something is pulling Chris deeper and deeper into the story of Grace Elizabeth Fox, who was hanged by the neck until she was dead ...

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Other books by Peter Robinson

Careless Love DCI Banks 25

Careless Love DCI Banks 25

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/07/2018

The twenty-fifth instalment of the Number One Bestselling DCI Banks series 'Robinson remains the master of the police procedural.' Mail on Sunday 'Robinson is prolific, but with each book he manages to ring the changes.' Guardian ***** A young local student has apparently committed suicide. Her body is found in an abandoned car on a lonely country road. She didn't own a car. Didn't even drive. How did she get there? Where did she die? Who moved her, and why? Meanwhile a man in his sixties is found dead in a gully up on the wild moorland. He is wearing an expensive suit and carrying no identification. Post-mortem findings indicate he died from injuries sustained during the fall. But what was he doing up there? And why are there no signs of a car in the vicinity? As the inconsistencies multiply and the mysteries proliferate, Annie's father's new partner, Zelda, comes up with a shocking piece of information that alerts Banks and Annie to the return of an old enemy in a new guise. This is someone who will stop at nothing, not even murder, to get what he wants - and suddenly the stakes are raised and the hunt is on.

A Necessary End

A Necessary End

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/06/2018

`The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong' Stephen King. A Necessary End is the third novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from A Dedicated Man. Peace destroyed. Lives in ruin. Banks must race to find the killer . . . Everyday life in Eastvale is shattered when a policeman is stabbed to death after an anti-nuclear demonstration turns violent. Superintendent `Dirty Dick' Burgess, Banks's nemesis, descends with vengeful fury on those he deems responsible. Inspector Banks is uneasy about Burgess's mishandling of the case, but despite being warned off he puts his career in jeopardy to continue his search for the truth, knowing if he is to keep his job, he must beat Burgess to the killer . . . A Necessary End is followed in the Inspector Banks series by The Hanging Valley.

Gallows View

Gallows View

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/06/2018

`The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong' Stephen King Gallows View is the first novel in Peter Robinson's bestselling Inspector Banks series. NEW TOWN. NEW CASES. NEW DANGER. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks has recently relocated with his family to the Yorkshire Dales from stressful London but soon finds that life in the countryside is not quite as idyllic as he had imagined. Three cases come to the fore: a voyeur is terrorizing the women of Eastvale. Two thugs are breaking into homes, and an old woman is dead, possibly murdered. As the tension mounts, Banks must also deal with his attraction to a young psychologist Jenny Fuller, and when both Jenny and Banks's wife are drawn deeper into events Banks realizes that his cases are weaving closer and closer together . . . Gallows View is followed by A Dedicated Man in the Inspector Banks series.

A Dedicated Man

A Dedicated Man

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/06/2018

`The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong' Stephen King. A Dedicated Man is the second novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from Gallows View. A dead body. Hidden secrets. Banks will find the truth. The brutally murdered body of a supposedly well-liked local historian is found half-buried under a dry stone wall. But who would kill such a thoughtful, dedicated man? Young Sally Lumb, locked in her lover's arms on the night of the murder, tries to find the killer herself. But her good-intentions only leads to more danger. And when Chief Inspector Alan Banks is called to investigate and soon discovers that disturbing secrets lie behind the seemingly untroubled facade . . . A Dedicated Man is followed in the Inspector Banks series by A Necessary End.

Sleeping in the Ground DCI Banks 24

Sleeping in the Ground DCI Banks 24

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2018

A terrible crime. No obvious motive. Banks is on the case. 'Top-notch police procedure' - Jeffery Deaver A shocking mass murder occurs at a wedding in a small Dales church and a huge manhunt follows. Eventually, the shooter is run to ground and things take their inevitable course. But Banks is plagued with doubts as to exactly what happened outside the church that day, and why. Struggling with the death of his first serious girlfriend and the return of profiler Jenny Fuller into his life, Banks feels the need to dig deeper into the murders, and as he does so, he uncovers forensic and psychological puzzles that lead him to the past secrets that might just provide the answers he is looking for. When the surprising truth becomes clear, it is almost too late.

Sleeping in the Ground DCI Banks 24

Sleeping in the Ground DCI Banks 24

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/07/2017

The twenty fourth instalment in Peter Robinson's Number One Bestselling Banks Series. A terrible crime. No obvious motive. Banks is on the case. The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong. - Stephen King 'Top-notch police procedure' - Jeffery Deaver A shocking mass murder occurs at a wedding in a small Dales church and a huge manhunt follows. Eventually, the shooter is run to ground and things take their inevitable course. But Banks is plagued with doubts as to exactly what happened outside the church that day, and why. Struggling with the death of his first serious girlfriend and the return of profiler Jenny Fuller into his life, Banks feels the need to dig deeper into the murders, and as he does so, he uncovers forensic and psychological puzzles that lead him to the past secrets that might just provide the answers he is looking for. When the surprising truth becomes clear, it is almost too late.

Gay Men's Working Lives, Retirement and Old Age

Gay Men's Working Lives, Retirement and Old Age

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/07/2017

This book examines the working lives, retirement plans, and old age experiences of three generations of gay men born 1924-86. It draws on data collected from interviews with 82 men in Australia, England, New Zealand, and USA. The first half of the book concentrates on the men's working lives, while the second half of the book explores the interviewees' concerns about old age and retirement. The author analyses the men's contrasting stories, highlighting key generational differences in their experience of being `out' in the workplace and the dominant work narratives which emerge in each age group. This important work will have cross-disciplinary appeal to scholars of sociology, gerontology, health sciences, gender, queer, and gay and lesbian studies, as well as practitioners.

When the Music's Over DCI Banks 23

When the Music's Over DCI Banks 23

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER Two young girls. Two unspeakable crimes. Fifty years separate them - their pain connects them. When the body of a 15-year-old is found in a remote countryside lane, beaten and broken, DI Annie Cabbot is brought in to investigate how the child could possibly have fallen victim to such brutality. Newly promoted Detective Superintendent Alan Banks is faced with a case that is as cold as they come. Now in her 60s, Linda Palmer was attacked aged 14 by celebrity entertainer Danny Caxton, yet the crime has never been investigated - until now. As each steps closer to uncovering the truth, they'll unearth secrets much darker than they ever could have guessed . . .

When the Music's Over The 23rd DCI Banks Mystery

When the Music's Over The 23rd DCI Banks Mystery

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2017

The Sunday Times NUMBER ONE bestsellerTwo young girls.Two unspeakable crimes.Fifty years separate them - their pain connects them.When the body of a 15-year-old is found in a remote countryside lane, beaten and broken, DI Annie Cabbot is brought in to investigate how the child could possibly have fallen victim to such brutality. Newly promoted Detective Superintendent Alan Banks is faced with a case that is as cold as they come. Now in her 60s, Linda Palmer was attacked aged 14 by celebrity entertainer Danny Caxton, yet the crime has never been investigated - until now. As each steps closer to uncovering the truth, they'll unearth secrets much darker than they ever could have guessed ...

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Stanley Spencer Poems An Anthology

Stanley Spencer Poems An Anthology

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2017

The 2017 Cookham Festival's Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition invited poets to find inspiration for their own art in the work of this remarkable man. Stanley Spencer: an Anthology of Poems publishes a selection from the entries to the competition chosen by its judges, Jane Draycott, Carolyn Leder, and Peter Robinson. From this gathering, the shortlist of commended entries and the prize winners were then drawn. These carefully selected and sequenced poems are presented here in the company of appropriate images reflecting this painter's extraordinary life and works.

Collected Poems 1976-2016

Collected Poems 1976-2016

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/02/2017

Collected Poems 1976-2016 gathers carefully chosen and reviewed texts from Peter Robinson's nine books of poetry, to which is added a newly completed tenth collection. They include his early experiments in northern social realism, and domestic interiors coloured by the experience of sexual violence, explored in the seven lyrics that form part two of This Other Life. Here are his dialogues with Italian poetry and culture, and unforeseen encounters with Japan, all in relation to the historical vicissitudes of his home country, and the landscapes in a much-revisited Liverpool. For the Small Mercies, published here for the first time, completes a triptych of books written since Robinson's return after nearly two decades of working in Kyoto and Sendai, a return that, coinciding with the global financial crisis and onset of austerity culture, provided occasions for further reflections on the economic motifs of his earliest poems. Peter Robinson was called 'the finest poet of his generation' with the publication of Overdrawn Account (1980), and This Other Life (1988) was awarded the Cheltenham Prize.He has also been the recipient of the John Florio Prize in 2008, and two Poetry Book Society Recommendations. Described by Adam Piette as 'the finest poet alive' on the basis of his 'astonishingly finely-tuned gauge for recording the pressures and processes that generate lived occasions', his work was characterized by Roy Fisher as like 'a listening device, alert for the moments when the tectonic plates of mental experience slide quietly one beneath another to create paradoxes and complexities that call for poems to be made.' Here, for the first time together, are a majority of those poems.

All the Colours of Darkness DCI Banks 18

All the Colours of Darkness DCI Banks 18

Author: Peter Robinson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/02/2017

A man is found hanging in the wood, and DCI Alan Banks must delve into the superficially straightforward death to discover a murder that has its roots in post-war Berlin...

Friend of the Devil DCI Banks 17

Friend of the Devil DCI Banks 17

Author: Peter Robinson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/02/2017

When Karen Drew is found sitting in her wheelchair staring out to sea with her throat cut one chilly March morning, DI Annie Cabbot, on loan to Eastern Area, gets lumbered with the case. Back in Eastvale, that same Sunday morning, 19-year-old Hayley Daniels is found raped and strangled in the Maze, a tangle of narrow alleys behind Eastvale's market square, after a drunken night on the town with a group of friends, and DCI Alan Banks is called in. Banks finds suspects galore, while Annie seems to hit a brick wall--until she reaches a breakthrough that spins her case in a shocking and surprising new direction, one that also involves Banks. Then another incident occurs in the Maze which seems to link the two cases in a bizarre and mysterious way. As Banks and Annie dig into the past to uncover the deeper connections, they find themselves also dealing with the emotional baggage and personal demons of their own relationship. And it soon becomes clear that there are two killers in their midst, and that at any moment either one might strike again.

The Price of Love including an original DCI Banks novella

The Price of Love including an original DCI Banks novella

Author: Peter Robinson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/02/2017

Chief Inspector Banks is back - in an original tale that makes up part of a new crime collection of seven short stories by Peter Robinson, never published in the UK before. With settings ranging from the Pacific Northwest in the Sixties to the Yorkshire of the Second World War and present-day Toronto to Eastvale at Christmas, these stories feature hippies, policemen and models, little girls dancing ballet, PIs and soldiers. Atmospheric, character-driven suspense, these are bite-sized chunks of gold-standard Robinson

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