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Bad Boy

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Bad Boy

Chief Inspector Banks Series, Book 19
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From New York Times bestselling author Peter Robinson comes this mesmerizing story-within-a-story—that will thrill his fans and bring him many new readers.

A distraught woman arrives at the Eastvale police station desperate to speak to Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. But Banks is abroad, and the woman's revelation of a loaded gun hidden in her daughter Erin's bedroom leads to a shocking fatality when a police armed-response team breaks into her house. The fallout will have dark consequences for Banks and his partner, DI Annie Cabbot. It turns out that Erin's best friend is Banks' own daughter, Tracy . . . who was last seen in the company of the weapon's actual owner, a very bad boy indeed.

Now that his child is on the run with a psychopath, Banks finds himself caught in a bloody tangle of betrayal and murder. But the rogue DCI is a bit of a bad boy himself, and he'll freely risk his life and career in the cause of love—and vengeance.

Thrilling, harrowing, and utterly compelling, Bad Boy showcases Peter Robinson's masterful writing.

From New York Times bestselling author Peter Robinson comes this mesmerizing story-within-a-story—that will thrill his fans and bring him many new readers.

A distraught woman arrives at the Eastvale police station desperate to speak to Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. But Banks is abroad, and the woman's revelation of a loaded gun hidden in her daughter Erin's bedroom leads to a shocking fatality when a police armed-response team breaks into her house. The fallout will have dark consequences for Banks and his partner, DI Annie Cabbot. It turns out that Erin's best friend is Banks' own daughter, Tracy . . . who was last seen in the company of the weapon's actual owner, a very bad boy indeed.

Now that his child is on the run with a psychopath, Banks finds himself caught in a bloody tangle of betrayal and murder. But the rogue DCI is a bit of a bad boy himself, and he'll freely risk his life and career in the cause of love—and vengeance.

Thrilling, harrowing, and utterly compelling, Bad Boy showcases Peter Robinson's masterful writing.

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  • One of the world's most popular and acclaimed writers, Peter Robinson is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Inspector Banks series; he has also written two short-story collections and three standalone novels, which combined have sold more than ten million copies around the world. Among his many honors and prizes are the Edgar Award, the CWA (UK) Dagger in the Library Award, and Sweden's Martin Beck Award.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from June 14, 2010
    Robinson tries something different in his excellent 19th novel to feature Det. Chief Insp. Alan Banks (after All the Colors of Darkness) by keeping the Yorkshire policeman offstage for the first half of the book. Banks's daughter, Tracy, knows that her friend, Erin Doyle, is dating a bad boy. But she doesn't know how bad Jaff McCready is until the recovery of a gun at Erin's parents' home results in a fatal accident. Before Tracy knows what's happening, Jaff whisks her on an adventure, eventually hiding out at Banks's house while her father is on holiday in America. As Det. Insp. Annie Cabbot searches for Jaff, Tracy's infatuation turns sour when she finds Jaff's suitcase of drugs, money, and a gun, and becomes his hostage. When Banks returns to Yorkshire, he has to balance his roles as a cop and a father. 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.

  • Richmond Times-Dispatch on Bad Boy

    "A top-notch thriller that further advances Banks' development as one of the most intriguing characters in detective fiction....With emotional literacy and inexorable momentum that builds tension to the breaking point, Robinson reaffirms his place in the top cadre of police-procedural writers."

  • Booklist (starred review) on Bad Boy

    "Another outstanding crime novel from Robinson."

  • Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Bad Boy

    "(A) strong entry in a superb series."

  • Kirkus Reviews on Bad Boy

    "Entertaining."

  • Library Journal on Bad Boy

    "Excellent characterization and skillful plotting make this an engrossing read."

  • Strand magazine on Bad Boy

    "Bad Boy is very, very good indeed."

  • Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of Roadside Crosses

    "Robinson once again achieves the high bar he's set in all his previous Inspector Banks books: gut-wrenching plotting alongside heart-wrenching portraits of the characters who populate his world, not to mention the top-notch police procedure. This one will stay with you for a long time."

  • Joseph Wambaugh, New York Times bestselling author of Hollywood Moon

    "A murderous psychopath presents Alan Banks with the most intensely personal challenge of the maverick detective's storied career. Superbly cinematic from the beginning to the explosive finale, this would be a thrilling movie."

  • Library Journal on Bad Boy

    "You'd better buy."

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