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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"Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do When they come for you Bad boys, bad boys Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do When they come for you." Alex James
Peter Robinson is one of my favorite authors. His series featuring DCI Alan Banks is one that shows the DCI with a keen intellect, a varied list of pop music, romantic interests that somehow aren't quite right, children who feel removed from his sights, and a man with a quick sense of humor. You can fall into anyone of his books and feel at home. Along the way you are brought up to par. You usually know what you are going to get with Peter Robinson.
I found this book was not one of the better DCI Banks series. Much of it seemed ho hum, and I could tell early on how the plot was going to come down. DCI Banks is in the US, trying to sort out his latest romantic failure. A lot on his mind, and while he is gone, his colleague, DI Annie Cabbot becomes caught up in a royal snafu. An old neighbor...
I liked it, but as other reviewers have stated, it would not be a good first Inspector Banks book for someone to read. I also agree that the sudden switch in Tracy Banks to an star struck, stereotypical dumb blonde who falls for a bad boy is a bit much to swallow. But most striking for me, as an American, was the representation of British gun laws and in how people in Britain react to a handgun being found. If a handgun from an unknown source were found and reported in an American middle class home, a regular on duty cop might show up to do a background check to ensure it is registered and hasn't been stolen or used in a crime. But the parent who found the gun in the book acted like they had just found a biological weapon of mass destruction. And since any handgun is assumed to be illegal in Britain (basically nobody can legally register a handgun any more) the police reacted with what would be the American equivalent of a fully armored SWAT combat team. And the law in the...
The Banks series includes a number of well-plotted, compelling books, but this book and the one previous - All the Colors of Darkness - indicate growing fatigue, a typical challenge when mysteries rely heavily on putting the investigator lead through personal trials and tribulations. We've seen Banks go through so many things now that Robinson seems to be running out of ideas for things to happen to him. This time around Banks' daughter Tracey is put into peril, but unfortunately due to a highly contrived situation that makes her seem like a total idiot, with thinly characterized villains including by-the-numbers sadistic henchmen and a standard greedy master criminal.
If you are going to have your lead character's daughter get abducted by a dangerous hothead, you pretty much need to have that character turn into an avenging desperado like Liam Neeson in Taken. But Robinson seems to almost realize how manipulative and tacky this premise is, and responds by having Banks...
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