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In a remote countryside lane in North Yorkshire, the body of a young girl is found, bruised and beaten, having apparently been thrown from a moving vehicle.

While DI Annie Cabbot investigates the circumstances in which a 15-year-old could possibly fall victim to such a crime, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Alan Banks is faced with a similar task – but the case Banks must investigate is as cold as they come.

Fifty years ago Linda Palmer was attacked by celebrity entertainer Danny Caxton, yet no investigation ever took place. Now Caxton stands accused at the centre of a historical abuse investigation and it's Banks's first task as superintendent to find out the truth.

While Annie struggles with a controversial case threatening to cause uproar in the local community, Banks must piece together decades-old evidence, and as each steps closer to uncovering the truth, they'll unearth secrets much darker than they ever could have guessed . . .

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2435 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (14 July 2016)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016IOF8SA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

If you liked the first 22

6 people found this helpful.
 on 30 May 2017
By Mogandazra
If you liked the first 22, you’ll like this one. People have commented about the self-indulgent references to music, but that has always been the case with Peter Robinson’s whodunits, and might actually set us off tracking down new musical experiences ourselves. The book is as tightly written and engaging as ever. Go for it.

More than a police procedural……

One person found this helpful.
 on 24 August 2017
By Jane Baker
Yes it’s a novel but it’s also a treatise on race relations as well as other social issues as perceived by Banks and it’s not too difficult to buy into the results of this exploration of grooming, sexual and drug abuse with the problems ensuing from Political Correctness and a timidity in confronting these issues. It is a thinly disguised evaluation of the Saville case as a basis with an extension into human suffering and the impact of these issues on families which becomes a vicious circle with sins of the fathers/mothers having a role in this perpetuating culture. Sinead Moffatt, Mother of Mimosa is unable to be anything approaching Earth Mother, so the whole scenario of neglect and negligence continues. I’ve read all this series so Banks has his own very clear persona in my head. A little long-winded in parts but so much food for the brain here – is plurality and the celebration of diversity a myth? Is there co-existence or just a pretence?

A Good Book

One person found this helpful.
 on 10 January 2018
By Barb Dee
There were two topical stories running through this book which I found difficult to read but at the same time I couldn’t put the book down. Banks has been promoted but was put in charge of an investigation into historical sex abuse against children back in the 60s with the help of DS Winsome Jackman. He also had to oversee another case of child grooming and under aged sex between young girls and some members of the Pakistani community. DI Annie Cabbot had the day to day running of the grooming case with DC Geraldine Masterton. When the body of a young girl is found naked on a lonely country road Annie and Geraldine pull out all the stops to find out what happened to her. I found the book thought provoking and touching at the same time.

Great crime story writer now indulging in his love for music too much

2 people found this helpful.
 on 21 August 2017
By Mr Farnaby
I’ve read all of the Peter Robinson Inspector Banks novels. Really enjoyed them over the year but I’m now finding them less enjoyable. Far too much focus on the music that Bank’s enjoys. I know the writer is indulging his own love of music but for me it is becoming too much of an indulgence and distracting from the story. I end up flicking over these paragraphs and getting annoyed at it all!

Gritty, intelligent and just plain entertaining.

One person found this helpful.
 on 1 February 2017
Another superb offering by the king of crime. Banks, Annie and the gang are as gritty and determined as always. Excellent read. Mimosa and Linda, victims at either end of the survival spectrum. So wonderfully written I could see the characters as clear as day in my minds eye. A tough and highly topical subject(s) portrayed with compassion, contempt and understanding. Go figure. Well done Peter R.
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