Gail L. (Maitland, FL)
Unfortunately, I had never heard of Peter Robinson before choosing this book to read, but I will be purchasing all of his previous ones. I am so glad that there are 19 more books in this series to read.
The story held my attention from page 1 to the end. Alan Banks is my kind of protagonist and I'm glad I was introduced to him this way. Since his daughter was involved in the plot, I was able to experience the personal side of the man.
The characters were totally believable and I learned a great deal about the way the British police departments are run. There was a lot of explosive emotion, love, resentment and fear -- all of the elements that make up a great crime novel. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys crime novels.
Vivian Q. (Greer, SC)
I hadn't realized that this book was part of a continuing series when I requested it. I prefer to read a series in order, and while this is the 19th entry in the Alan Banks series, I'm happy to say that it works very well as a stand alone book. I did not feel cheated that I didn't know any of the backstory for each character.
The story grabbed me from the first page and never let go. it is an outstanding example of a British police procedural with an interesting story line, believable characters, and solid police work.
I was so impressed with Peter Robinson's writing and his characters, that I picked up 10 of his earlier books over the weekend. Thanks BookBrowse, for the introduction to a terrific new author.
Very highly recommended for all lovers of crime fiction, mysteries and thrillers.
Dianne S. (Shelton, connecticut)
Lacking Action and Excitment
I was a bit disappointed in this author and this book since I had heard so much about this author and had never read anything by him before.
This story had so much potential to be exciting and spine tingling and fell so far from the mark. Inspector Marks who I gather is the main character throughout the series, doesn't show up until more than half-way through, he has to deal with his daughters "abduction" and a close friend and past lovers shooting, yet he doesn't even crack a sweat. I know the English are stoics but this seems a little much.There is no action, no excitement, no mystery, What there IS a lot of is unnecessary and boring dialog. Unfortunately based on this book, that I will not be reading anything else by this author
Margaret R. (Atlanta, GA)
Another great Inspector Banks book! In this book Inspector Banks' complex character is made even more so by the involvement of his daughter as one of the victims. This book is a real page turner and one of Robinson's best. Highly recommended for all mystery/thriller lovers.
Virginia W. (Cloverdale, CA)
Girl looking for a faster life influenced by "bad boy"
I generally like Alan Banks mysteries. "In a Dry Season" was excellent. "Bad Boy" starts off slow - I think I had read about 100 pages before the book became more interesting. Tracy Banks is involved with a bad boy, Annie Cabot is shot, Tracy does call 999 to help Annie, and Alan, who has been away on vacation in the US, comes home to all this bad news. I can't really recommend this book - nothing to figure out. Just a story of a girl, her father and her no-good boyfriend.
Patricia S. (Yankton, SD)
A new treasure discovered
After achieving a moment of epiphany one calm and contemplative evening in the Arizona desert, Yorkshire DCI Alan Banks returns to England where his new found balance is immediately tested. His home is marked a crime scene. A close colleague and former lover lies near death in the hospital. His daughter is either on the run with, or a hostage of, a drug dealing killer. And he encounters his primary enemy in the police force who seems determined to undermine his efforts to solve the crimes. Subtle, well drawn characters and depth of plot development are displayed in Bad Boy the latest DCI Brandt police procedural by Peter Robinson. This is the first book that I have read in this series, but I have now collected all that I could find and look forward to many evenings of enjoyment. If you do not yet know DCI Banks, I urge you to read this book and discover him.
Sue P. (Richardson, TX)
"Bad Boy" = GREAT Read!
This is the best Inspector Banks book in years, which is saying a great deal - because this whole series is excellent. I was absolutely riveted from the beginning. Characters (new and existing) were fully-fleshed and believable. Suspense ran extremely high and the action seemed to never stop. Don't start reading this book unless you are prepared to put everything else aside until you finish.