Past Reason Hated

Paperback | July 18, 2006

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It looks like a tranquil Christmas scene in a cozy living room—log fire, brightly lit tree, sheepskin rug, Vivaldi on the record player—but the appearance is deceptive. Caroline Hartley, the woman lying on the couch, has been brutally murdered.

In Past Reason Hated, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks uncovers the unusual and disturbing past of a victim for whom secrecy was a way of life. He finds a multitude of suspects: Caroline’s lover, Veronica Shildon; Veronica’s ex-husband, a famous composer; a feminist poet; the cast of a play Caroline was rehearsing for; and her reclusive, haunted brother, Gary.

Chief Inspector Banks’s fifth case is a suspenseful, shocking and ultimately satisfying tale of family secrets, hidden passions and desperate violence.

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It looks like a tranquil Christmas scene in a cozy living room—log fire, brightly lit tree, sheepskin rug, Vivaldi on the record player—but the appearance is deceptive. Caroline Hartley, the woman lying on the couch, has been brutally murdered. In Past Reason Hated, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks uncovers the unusual and disturb...

It looks like a tranquil Christmas scene in a cozy living room—log fire, brightly lit tree, sheepskin rug, Vivaldi on the record player—but the appearance is deceptive. Caroline Hartley, the woman lying on the couch, has been brutally murdered. In Past Reason Hated, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks uncovers the unusual and disturb...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.23 × 8.24 × 0.89 inPublished:July 18, 2006Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143052241

ISBN - 13:9780143052241

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspector Banks at His Best I breezed through this book while on vacation, in bed one night eating Italian chocolates, then waiting at the airport in Florence for my flight home. Just like other Robinson books, I couldn’t put it down...perhaps this one more so than any of the others I’ve read so far. Once again Robinson has managed to write an intricate mystery that takes you down so many paths. Inspector Banks is an enticing, complex character, but Robinson never feeds you all the details at once, nor does he give you Bank’s personality all in one book. Instead he manages to let you learn a little more each time about the Inspector, and each detail you discover makes you anticipate all the more the direction the book is going to take. It’s a bit like falling in love...the more you learn about Alan, the more of him you want.
Date published: 2009-10-09