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Bad Boy

An Inspector Banks Novel

By Peter Robinson

Bad Boy
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2010,
    352 pages.

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A distraught woman arrives at the Eastvale police station desperate to speak to Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. But since Banks is away on holiday in San Francisco, his partner, Annie Cabbot, steps in. The woman tells Annie that she’s found a loaded gun hidden in the bedroom of her daughter, Erin—a punishable offense under English law. When an armed response team breaks into the house to retrieve the weapon, the seemingly straightforward procedure quickly spirals out of control.

But trouble is only beginning for Annie, the Eastvale force, and Banks—and this time, the fallout may finally do the iconoclastic inspector in. It turns out that Erin’s best friend and roommate is none other than Tracy Banks, the DCI’s daughter, who was last seen racing off to warn the owner of the gun, a very bad boy indeed.

Thrust into a complicated and dangerous case intertwining the personal and the professional as never before, Annie and Banks—a bit of a bad boy himself—must risk everything to outsmart a smooth and devious psychopath. Both Annie and Banks understand that it’s not just his career hanging in the balance, it’s also his daughter’s life.

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"Starred Review. Robinson deftly integrates Banks's personal life with an acute look at British attitudes about police, guns, and violence in this strong entry in a superb series." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Another outstanding crime novel from Robinson." - Booklist

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Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by Selene M. (West Chicago, IL)
Bad Boy Good Read
Although I have not read this Peter Robinson series before, I was able to jump right into this story. The plot, although not complex, was well-written. I hate when fictional novels, especially mysteries, have their characters doing improbable actions. It is interesting to note the subtle differences between British police procedure and American procedure. The multiple father-daughter angles both rang true, as well as the ethical duplicity an inspector must experience when you don't know if your daughter is a perpetrator or a victim. Good Read.

Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Ann C. (Roswell, GA)
Peter Robinson's Bad Boy
Admittedly, I am a total Chief Inspector Banks fan and have enjoyed each of the books in this Peter Robinson series. And, this latest entry which features Banks' daughter Tracy and his co-worker Annie is a first rate addition to the series. This is a compelling story and a fascinating character study with plot twists enough to keep the reader involved until the very last pages. I'm waiting eagerly for the next one!

Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by Marjorie W. (Bonita Springs, FL)
Bad Boy by Peter Robinson
This is the first Inspector Banks novel that I have read. I did enjoy it after the characters became familiar to me. I found the first few chapters a bit confusing and had to return to pages read to place the characters. Once I got beyond that point it was a fun read and I would definitely recommend the story to others and would read more of the Inspector Banks series.

Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Beth P. (Chester, VA)
Bad Boy
I have to admit that I ordered Peter Robinson's book, "Bad Boy" because my mom is a fan and I knew I could send it on to her. I have to tell you that within a few pages I was totally hooked on the book and am just sorry that I am starting with the latest Inspector Alan Banks book first. I have read many detective stories and what I loved about this book was that the characters came to mean something to me. I cared what happened to them. I rarely find that in a book that is also a nail-biter, one that you really don't want to put down. So now I am off to start reading the 19 other books by the award winning author. If you like British detective novels that will absolutely keep your attention, this book is for you.

Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by Colleen L. (Casco, ME)
Bad Boy
I enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and kept me wondering what was going to happen till the very end. I liked the way the author told the story from the different character's viewpoints. I thought the ending could have been a bit more definitive. What happened to Tracy? Off scot free? Did Annie's surgery work? The book was well written and engaging but I felt the author should have answered a few more questions at the end. A good summer read!

Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by Cheryl D. (Angola, NY)
Bad boys can be alluring
In this latest entry in the Inspector Banks series, Banks' daughter Tracy finds herself mixed up with a "bad boy". The book is an entertaining police procedural with a personal touch. This was the first of Robinson's books that I have read although I have often heard of him. The book does stand alone, but I felt I missed a great deal by not being more familiar with the characters and their interaction.

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Peter Robinson Author Biography

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Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire, and is the author of thirteen previous novels featuring Inspector Banks. He is the winner of numerous awards in the United States, Britain and Canada, and in 2002 he won the CWA Dagger in the Library.

Fourteen of his sixteen novels to date have featured Detective Inspector Alan Banks

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  2. A Dedicated Man (1988)
  3. A Necessary End (1989)
  4. The Hanging Valley (1989)
  5. Past Reason Hated (1990)
  6. Final Account (1995)
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