Standing in the Shadows: The last novel in the number one bestselling Alan Banks crime series
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He then moved to Toronto, to York University, to take a PhD in English. There he organised various poetry events and helped set up a small press with friends, whose publications included a volume of his own poems. He settled in the city after meeting his future wife, Sheila Halladay, a lawyer, there. In 1990 he published a stand-alone novel, Caedmon’s Song, a psychological thriller in which two young women in different parts of England find their paths crossing in an alarming way.
Robinson fans will enjoy the latest entry in this long-running series. First-time readers will be motivated to seek out the previous titles. Well-written and believable, with recognizable but multifaceted characters and enough twists to keep the story riveting until the mystery is solved.”— Library Journal on Careless Love RIP Peter Robinson. No, I haven't read the book yet, but so sad at his passing. I'm sure I'll love this one as much as the others. Will really miss these stories and characters.As the novel progresses, both sides of the story are gradually drawn together and, the current events in the earlier story include the murder of John Lennon and the arrest of the Yorkshire Ripper a couple of months later.
As ever, Peter Robinson has constructed a gripping, complex mystery . . . his legion of fans will be delighted * The Sunday Times Crime Club * He described in one interview how he spent the lively summer of 1965 “with his ear glued to his transistor radio and his eyes on the passing girls”. He went to Leeds University to study English literature. While there he wrote poetry and gave public readings around Yorkshire.As always, Robinson’s writing is smooth, and he has crafted a plot that is intricate, has great depth, and a mystery that is well constructed and atmospheric. The narrative alternates between the two time-lines that seem totally unrelated, but over time meld into one. Like some of Robinson's previous novels this one is set across different time periods. In 2019 Banks & his team investigate the discovery of a skull by archaeologists & in 1980-81 the author mixes fact with fiction with the hunt for the real life Yorkshire Ripper.
The second part of the story of the past starts with Nicholas Hartley living in a student housing at college. His ex=girlfriend is killed and he is suspected of killing her. This story takes off telling the story of why and who killed her. Again I will leave this to the reader to enjoy. Both stories unite at the end with the exciting ending. Meanwhile…….Late November, 2019. On an archaeological dig near Scotch Corner, Grace Hutchinson unearths a skeleton that turns out to be far more recent than the Roman remains she is looking for. Detective Superintendent Alan Banks and his team are called in, and the investigation into the find begins.Not only are his mysteries always well plotted but Banks, as a lover of music, was never shy of sharing his choices with the reader. I will miss that. This mystery includes two separate time frames, years apart but of course there is a connection, though I wasn't smarmy enough to figure out exactly how.