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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

Many Rivers to Cross

Many Rivers to Cross

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2019

The twenty-sixth instalment of the internationally bestselling DCI Banks series. When the body of a teenage boy is found stuffed into a wheely bin on the East Side Estate, Banks and Annie have a homegrown murder case to solve. But Banks's attention is also on Zelda, who in helping him track down his old enemy, has put herself in danger and alerted the stonecold Eastern Europea sex traffickers who brought her to the UK. Praise for the 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 'His novels track the changing nature of crime, taking on difficult subjects such as gangs of men who groom underage girls, and the new book tackles the contentious subject of widening inequality.' The Sunday Times

Many Rivers to Cross

Many Rivers to Cross

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/09/2019

A skinny young boy is found dead - his body carelessly stuffed into wheelie bin. Detective Superintendent Alan Banks and his team are called to investigate. Who is the boy, and where did he come from? Was he discarded as rubbish, or left as a warning to someone? He looks Middle Eastern, but no one on the East Side Estate has seen him before. As the local press seize upon an illegal immigrant angle, and the national media the story of another stabbing, the police are called to investigate a less newsworthy death: a middle-aged heroin addict found dead of an overdose in another estate, scheduled for redevelopment. Banks finds the threads of each case seem to be connected to the other, and to the dark side of organised crime in Eastvale. Does another thread link to his friend Zelda, who is facing her own dark side? The truth may be more complex - or much simpler - than it seems . . .

Dead Right

Dead Right

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2019

`The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong' Stephen King Dead Right is the ninth novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from Innocent Graves. A MAN IS MURDERED. RIOTS ARE IMMINENT. BANKS MUST SOLVE THE CASE. The broken body of Jason Fox has been found in a dirty alleyway. At first it looks like a typical after-hours pub fight gone wrong. But Inspector Alan Banks soon realizes that the truth is rarely so straightforward . . . Jason was a member of the Albion League, a white power organization. And there are many people who might have wished him dead: the Pakistani youths he had insulted in the pub that evening; the shady friends of his business partner; or someone within the Albion League itself. And just as Banks begins to get a grip on the case, an unexpected discovery forces him to reconsider everything he believes . . . Dead Right is followed by the tenth book in this Yorkshire-based crime series, In A Dry Season.

Innocent Graves

Innocent Graves

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2019

`The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong' Stephen King Innocent Graves is the eighth novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from Dry Bones That Dream. A MURDERED GIRL. DARK SECRETS. DEADLIER LIES. One foggy night, Deborah Harrison is found lying in the churchyard behind St Mary's, Eastvale. She has been strangled with the strap of her own school satchel. But Deborah was no typical sixteen-year-old. Her father was a powerful financier who moved in the highest echelons of industry, defence and classified information. And Deborah, it seemed, enjoyed keeping secrets of her own . . . With his colleague Detective Constable Susan Gay, Inspector Alan Banks encounters many suspects, guilty of crimes large and small, in his search for the killer. And as he does so, plenty of sordid secrets and some lethal lies begin to emerge . . . Innocent Graves is followed by the ninth book in this Yorkshire-based crime series, Dead Right.

Dry Bones That Dream

Dry Bones That Dream

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2019

`The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong' Stephen King Dry Bones That Dream is the seventh novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from Wednesday's Child. A CONTRACT KILLING. A SECRET PAST. BANKS IS PUSHED TO HIS LIMIT. 2.47 a.m. Chief Inspector Alan Banks sees the body of Keith Rothwell for the first time. Only hours earlier two masked men had walked the mild-mannered accountant out of his farmhouse to the barn. They then clinically executed him with a shotgun. Clearly this is a professional hit - but Keith was hardly the sort of person to make deadly enemies. Or was he? The police investigation soon raises more questions than answers. The more Banks scratches the surface, the more he wonders what lies beneath the veneer of the apparently happy Rothwell family. And when his old sparring partner Detective Superintendent Richard Burgess arrives from Scotland Yard, the case takes yet another unexpected twist . . . Dry Bones That Dream is followed by the eighth book in this Yorkshire-based crime series, Innocent Graves.

Careless Love DCI Banks 25

Careless Love DCI Banks 25

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2019

The twenty-fifth instalment of the Number One Bestselling DCI Banks series 'The master of the police procedural.' Mail on Sunday 'Robinson is prolific, but with each book he manages to ring the changes.' Guardian ***** The body of a young local student is found on a lonely country road. Initially the evidence points to suicide, yet she didn't own a car and she didn't even drive. So how did she get there, where did she die and who moved her? Meanwhile, a man in his sixties is found dead in a gully up on the nearby wild moorland. He is carrying no identification. The post-mortem indicates that 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 trail gets colder, Annie's father's new partner, Zelda, alerts Banks and Annie to the return of an old and dangerous enemy in a new guise. This is someone who will stop at nothing, not even murder, to get what he wants.

The Constitutionals

The Constitutionals

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2019

Taking some convalescent wanders around Reading, the narrator of The Constitutionals, a figure haunted by being called Crusoe in childhood, also `sets out to avert global catastrophe, hoping to trigger the end of neoliberalism by going for a walk.' What does he discover about the place in which he's settled with his wife, who he will call Friday, and their ocean-haunted daughter? Published on the tercentenary of Robinson Crusoe's appearance, our author answers such questions by paying sustained tribute to the town, and the founding `autobiography' by which it has-as have so many works alluded to here-been indelibly marked.

Pool and Waterside Gardens

Pool and Waterside Gardens

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/03/2019

Peter Robinson examines in words and illustrations all aspects of pool and waterside gardening. He begins by considering the various design elements, follows with a considerable amount of practical information on construction techniques, and adds valuable advice on plant selection.

The Selected Writings of David Williams Vol 1

The Selected Writings of David Williams Vol 1

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2019

The Selected Writings of David Williams Vol 4

The Selected Writings of David Williams Vol 4

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2019

The Selected Writings of David Williams Vol 2

The Selected Writings of David Williams Vol 2

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2019

The Selected Writings of David Williams Vol 5

The Selected Writings of David Williams Vol 5

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2019

The Selected Writings of David Williams Vol 3

The Selected Writings of David Williams Vol 3

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2019

Wednesday's Child

Wednesday's Child

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/12/2018

Wednesday's Child is the sixth novel in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series, following on from Past Reason Hated. When two social workers, investigating reports of child abuse, appear at Brenda Scupham's door, her fear of authority leads her to comply meekly with their requests. Even when they say that they must take her seven-year old daughter Gemma away for tests . . . It is only when they fail to return Gemma the following day that Brenda realizes something has gone terribly wrong. At the same time, Banks is investigating a particularly unpleasant murder at the site of an abandoned mine. Gradually, the leads in the two cases converge, guiding Banks to one of the most truly terrifying criminals he will ever meet . . . Wednesday's Child is followed by the seventh book in this Yorkshire-based crime series, Dry Bones That Dream.

Past Reason Hated

Past Reason Hated

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/12/2018

`The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong' Stephen King Past Reason Hated is the fifth novel in Peter Robinson's bestselling Inspector Banks series. A BRUTAL KILLING. NUMEROUS SUSPECTS. BANKS MUST UNCOVER THE TRUTH. It should have been a cosy scene - log fire, sheepskin rug, Vivaldi on the stereo, Christmas lights and tree. But appearances can be deceptive. For Caroline Hartley, lying quietly on the couch, has been brutally murdered. Inspector Alan Banks is called to the grim scene. And he soon has more suspects than he ever imagined. As he delves into her past, he realizes that for Caroline, secrecy was a way of life, and her death is no different. His ensuing investigation is full of hidden passions and desperate violence . . . Past Reason Hated is followed by Wednesday's Child in the Inspector Banks series.

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