Summary and book reviews of Close To Home by Peter Robinson

Close To Home

by Peter Robinson

Close To Home
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  • First Published:
    Feb 2003, 390 pages
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    Jan 2004, 464 pages

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Detective Inspector Alan Banks has never forgotten the disappearance and presumed death of his best friend in the summer of 1965. When the tragic bones are shockingly unearthed and identified more than 35 years later, the imagined skeleton in the detective's closet becomes all too real and he is drawn into an investigation that hits dangerously close to home.

Detective Inspector Alan Banks has never forgiven himself for having possibly caused the disappearance and presumed death of his best friend back in the summer of 1965, a pivotal time when both boys stood on the precipice of manhood.

When the tragic bones are shockingly unearthed and identified near Banks's childhood home more than 35 years later, the imagined skeleton in the detective's closet becomes all too real. Plummeted back into a past he thought he'd left behind, Banks is drawn into an investigation that hits dangerously close to home.

Chapter One

Trevor Dickinson was hungover and bad-tempered when he turned up for work on Monday morning. His mouth tasted like the bottom of a birdcage, his head was throbbing like the speakers at a heavy metal concert, and his stomach was lurching like a car with a dirty carburetor. He had already drunk half a bottle of Milk of Magnesia and swallowed four extra-strength paracetamol, with no noticeable effect.

When he arrived at the site, Trevor found he had to wait until the police had cleared away the last of the demonstrators before he could start work. There were five left, all sitting cross-legged in the field. Environmentalists. One was a little gray-haired old lady. Ought to be ashamed of herself, Trevor thought, a woman of her age squatting down on the grass with a bunch of bloody Marxist homosexual tree-huggers.

He looked around for some clue as to why anyone would want to save those particular few acres. The fields belonged to a farmer who had recently been put ...

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Boston Globe

A winner....Returning to the world of Alan Banks is, as always, a pleasure.

The New York Times - Janet Maslin

In light of the slam-bang subtleties of most throwaway thrillers...there is an attractive depth and naturalness about Peter Robinson's Close to Home. ...refreshingly down-to-earth.... Like Dennis Lehane's Mystic River, which it resembles in ambition and in pointed contrasts between past and present.

Nevada Barr

Stunningly complex and intricately plotted...entertained me with every twist.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The equal of legends in the genre such as P.D. James and Ruth Rendell.

Kirkus Reviews

Robinson unites P.D. James's strengths--breadth, ambition, and an Olympian penetration into character--with some of her equally characteristic weaknesses a tendency to sprawl and a ritual reluctance to tie all those wonderfully woven threads together.

Library Journal - Francine Fialkoff

Though Robinson is his usual brilliant self, one wonders why the women Banks is attracted to all seem to have been wounded in some awful way. This quibble aside, Robinson again shows himself to be as astute a writer as P.D. James as he examines the myriad faces of guilt.

Booklist - Keir Graff

Robinson is as adept at illuminating interior life (especially the wounded psyches of his crime fighters) as he is in constructing believably odd crime scenarios. Banks fans...will enjoy watching the grizzled veteran get to know his younger self.

Publishers Weekly

Robinson probes more abstract ideas the illusory nature of nostalgia; the dark, secret lives of small towns; middle age; and the oft-lamented challenges of going home again. This satisfying and subtle police procedural has a little bit of everything.

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Close to Home
This book's somewhat suitable for those wide readers, otherwise, you might get bored. A story of mainly suspense and investigation. Alan Banks, a detective inspector who has been living a life with guilt because of his friend's (Graham Marshall) ...   Read More

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