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 shes found a loaded gun hidden in the bedroom of her daughter, Erina 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 Banksand this time, the fallout may finally do the iconoclastic inspector in. It turns out that Erins best friend and roommate is none other than Tracy Banks, the DCIs 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 Banksa bit of a bad boy himselfmust risk everything to outsmart a smooth and devious psychopath. Both Annie and Banks understand that its not just his career hanging in the balance, its also his daughters 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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Peter Robinson is a Canadian crime writer born in Britain. He is best known for his crime novels set in Yorkshire featuring Inspector Alan Banks.
He has also published a number of other novels and short stories as well as some poems and two articles on writing. 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.Since 2010 several of the novels have been adapted for television under the series title DCI Banks.
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