Watching The Dark

Hardcover | August 28, 2012

byPeter Robinson

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DCI Alan Banks is back – and this time he’s investigating the murder of one of his own.
A respected officer convalescing at the St. Peter’s Police Treatment Centre, DI Bill Quinn, is killed by a crossbow while on the facility’s tranquil grounds, and the initial investigation uncovers compromising photos in his room. Soon after, Professional Standards Inspector Joanna Passero arrives in Eastvale and insists on working the case alongside a reluctant Banks, who’s convinced a police officer shouldn’t be deemed guilty without proper evidence.

But the more they learn, the more likely it seems that Quinn wasn’t all he was reputed to be, that his murder is linked to another vicious crime in Yorkshire and to a cold case – the disappearance of a nineteen-year-old English girl, Rachel Hewitt, in Estonia six years earlier.

Intricate, engrossing, and psychologically tense, the twentieth book in the internationally bestselling series by award-winning author Peter Robinson may be the most suspenseful Banks mystery yet.

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DCI Alan Banks is back – and this time he’s investigating the murder of one of his own. A respected officer convalescing at the St. Peter’s Police Treatment Centre, DI Bill Quinn, is killed by a crossbow while on the facility’s tranquil grounds, and the initial investigation uncovers compromising photos in his room. Soon after, Profess...

Yorkshire-born PETER ROBINSON, a long-time Toronto resident, is one of the world's top writers of crime fiction and a winner of numerous awards, including the Edgar Award; the British Dagger in the Library Award; the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière; the Palle Rosenkrantz Award; and, several Arthur Ellis Awards. In 2010, he was give...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.37 × 6.26 × 1.39 inPublished:August 28, 2012Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0771076479

ISBN - 13:9780771076473

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Watching the Dark Excellent read as usual. intriguing. amusing, keeps you guessing where they are going next, love the details about the locations and life style of the characters.
Date published: 2015-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Peter Robinson consistently delivers a great read! I have to admit that I am biased as I love the character, DCI Alan Banks. I'd have to say this is one of my favourites, unusual and spell binding. Stayed up way too late for a couple of nights, blame "Watching the Dark" for my dark under eye circles.
Date published: 2015-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Watching the dark Great read. I would totally recommend this book.
Date published: 2014-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Brilliant Banks Adventure... This is a wonderful read and an exciting adventure, proving that Mr Robinson still has the creativity and freshness in the Inspector Banks Series. It's nice to still be stumped and stymied while following Banks and Annie along a dark and all to real tragedy (on many levels) that could easily have come from the headlines of any paper anywhere in the world. Of course, it's nice to have the inside scoop on what really happened, which is how one feels after completing an Inspector Banks novel. Thank you Mr. Robinson for yet another (your 20th!) Excellent Inspector Banks instalment. With results as strong as this, I look forward to many more in the years to come!
Date published: 2014-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Watching the dark Love DCI Banks and the crew. Always looked forward to returning to the story and waiting for the mystery to unravel. Good read.
Date published: 2014-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what i needed while recuperatin A great read!
Date published: 2014-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Watching The Dark Fab book by Peter Robinson... Love Inspector Banks and crew.
Date published: 2013-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Watching the dark I enjoy all P. Robinson's books,this one is no exeption!
Date published: 2013-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Watching the Dark As always with Peter's books you just don't want to put it down. Excellent read.
Date published: 2013-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not his best but another good Banks I was thrilled to be reunited with inspector Banks again. This one isn't the "Best of Banks" but very good nonetheless.
Date published: 2013-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Watching the Dark Excellent, as usual!
Date published: 2013-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great Inspector Banks novel! I have read four or five of Peter Robinson's books and I have enjoyed every one of them. He's turning into one of my favourite authors!
Date published: 2013-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I'm a big fan of the Banks series of books, and with this book you will not be disappointed! can't wait for the next one to come out
Date published: 2013-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Watching the Dark A very good read on a cold wet winter weekend.
Date published: 2013-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Peter Robinson latest If you are a fan of Peter Robinson's series featuring Banks, then you dont need to read a review - you will already have bought the book, read it and loved it. However, for those who havent yet found this brilliant series, read on! Banks is back in an interesting story that takes the reader from a rehab clinic for police officers, to the seedy side of Estonia - to tell you more would be to perhaps give away too much. Robinson explores the concept of seeking justice - is it really as definitive as black and white? As always, the story builds on the foundations laid by previous novels, as we become reaquainted with known characters, and get introduced to new ones. Peter Robinson is a stellar story teller, and this latest book in the Banks sage is no disappointment.
Date published: 2012-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my favourite series I've said it before and I'll say it again - if Peter Robinson's name is on it, I know I'm in for a good read. I enjoyed last year's stand alone novel - Before the Poison. (Winner of the 2012 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel by the Crime Writers of Canada) But, I've waiting for the latest installment in Robinson's Inspector Banks series. And it's here! Watching the Dark is the 20th entry in this wonderful series. Watching the Dark opens at the St. Peter's Police Treatment Centre. Annie Cabot has just left the centre, finally ready to return to work after a lengthy convalescence. So, Alan Banks is familiar with the centre, but didn't expect to be working a case there. Bill Reid, a fellow officer has been murdered on the grounds - by a crossbow. On searching Reid's room, photos of a compromising nature are found. Banks is determined to not judge until his investigation is complete, but Inspector Joanna Passero from Professional Standards (internal investigations) is brought in to 'help' Banks with his inquiries. As Banks digs into Reid's past, he wonders if a cold case of Reid's could be tied to his death. Robinson takes us out of Eastvale with Banks' investigation and into Estonia. I must admit, I truly had no firm grasp on this country but Robinson did a great job of setting the stage with detailed descriptions and characters. I was surprised to learn that English stag and hen parties take cheap flights over for weekend parties. I was glad to see Annie Cabot back on the job. She's out to prove herself after being injured and off the job for so long, so she delves into the case with dogged determination. Her investigations keep her in Eastvale, but dealing with the ugly underbelly of this bucolic Yorkshire countryside. She is following the tracks of migrant workers tricked and abused by local criminals. Her storyline takes the stage almost as much as Banks's in this book. That's a good thing, as she's a character I quite enjoy. Inspector Passero was an interesting addition. I was never really sure of her agenda and Robinson keeps us guessing until the very last chapters. And, I'm still not sure if we really know her - I think she'll make an appearance in the next book, but I'll reserve judgment until then. I've always enjoyed Banks's love of music and the references to what he's listening to. However it seemed like there were quite a few this time - enough that I found myself skimming over some of these passages. Robinson has crafted a multi faceted, well paced plot that takes inspiration from current day issues. I did find the end to be tied up a bit too neatly, but all in all it was a read I quite enjoyed. And I'll be waiting for the 21st book!
Date published: 2012-09-05

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"Eminently pleasurable..." 
National Post

"Among his other admirable qualities, Peter Robinson has a knack for adapting and even clarifying real-life crimes." -
—Toronto Star

"An intelligent police procedural put together with an eye on a current social problem, something Robinson's books are known for..." 
Ottawa Citizen