Playing with Fire (Alan Banks Series)

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9780061031106: Playing with Fire (Alan Banks Series)

In the early hours of the morning, a man reports a fire on two old canal boats. One of the firefighters notices the use of accelerant at the scene and calls the police, but by the time Inspector Banks arrives, the fire brigade have put out the flames and only the smouldering wreckage remains. A body has been found on each barge, and all the evidence points towards a deliberate arson attack.

One of the victims is Tina, a young girl with a drug addiction and a terrible past who had been living with her boyfriend Mark. The other is Tom, an artist who had been living alone.

Now, with little evidence to go on and a number of possible suspects, including Tina's boyfriend, the local 'lock-keeper' who reported the fire, and Tina's own father, Banks must begin to delve into the lives of the victims, and to discover who could have wanted them out of the way forever . . .

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Review:

Playing with Fire is a typical Peter Robinson book. And if that sounds like damning with faint praise, it's anything but. Since Gallows View in 1987, Robinson has been turning out one of the most assured and entertaining series of crime novels in the genre, with his doughty Inspector Alan Banks one of the most solidly drawn of protagonists.

But perhaps the real reason behind the considerable success of the books is that unerring combination of brilliantly turned plots and wonderfully evoked locales: the Yorkshire Dales have proved a very fertile stamping ground for Robinson's irresistible brand of restrained mayhem.

Banks is handed his most piquant problem in Playing with Fire, and the rural backdrop is once again a key player in the action. On a chill winter's morning, a fire is found to have consumed two narrow boats on the Eastvale canal. Banks and his associate DI Annie Cabbot find themselves examining some grisly remnants: charred bodies found on the remains of the two boats. But who are the victims of what appears to be a calculated act of murder? An enigmatic artist with few friends? A young couple who spent most of their time stoned on illegal substances? Banks and Cabbot quickly find themselves with a host of possible perpetrators on their hands, from the father of the young girl who died in the attack to a duplicitous art dealer. But the heat is turned on for Banks--literally--when the murderous arsonist gets to work again.

As in the seminal In a Dry Season, Robinson doesn't shirk from tackling some pretty convoluted plotting, but any confusion the reader is plunged into is very satisfyingly resolved, and Robinson's already strong reputation will grow with this book. --Barry Forshaw

Review:

"Kept us up past our bedtime." -- Boston Globe

"Smooth as single malt." -- Washington Post

"Robinson is on a winning streak." -- Tampa Tribune

"A taut pleasure." -- Daily News

"Crime fiction at its best." -- Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

"An engaging pleasure.like red wine, [Banks] gets better and more interesting with age." -- Publishers Weekly

"A skillful writer." -- Houston Chronicle

"A happy discovery." -- Lady Antonia Fraser in the London Sunday Times

"Complex and intelligent." -- London Sunday Times

"Exquisitely complex and atmospheric." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Taut, carefully thought out.with plots that are refreshingly clich-free." -- Time Out London

Peter Robinson is:"A gifted creator of fully fleshed and vividly present characters." -- Boston Globe

"Splendid." -- San Diego Union-Tribune

"Cunning.authentic and atmospheric." -- The Independent (London)

"Absorbing.Robinson continues to stretch the boundaries of the standard procedural." -- Orlando Sentinel

"Different and intriguing." -- Sunday Telegraph

"Complex and intelligent."--London Sunday Times

"Robinson actually seems to grow in front of our eyes, delivering books of greater complexity each time."--Otto Penzler

"Different and intriguing."--Sunday Telegraph

"Absorbing...Robinson continues to stretch the boundaries of the standard procedural."--Orlando Sentinel

Peter Robinson is: "A gifted creator of fully fleshed and vividly present characters."--Boston Globe

"Exquisitely complex and atmospheric."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Cunning...authentic and atmospheric."--The Independent (London)

"[PLAYING WITH FIRE] has a loud ring of truth and a good deal of suspense."--Chicago Tribune

"Crime fiction at its best."--Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

"Smooth as single malt."--Washington Post

"Robinson has won just about every mystery award there is....His latest shows why."--Booklist (starred review)

"A taut pleasure."--Daily News

"Robinson is on a winning streak."--Tampa Tribune

"So vivid that even those who aren't usually fans of procedural thrillers will fill their fingers burning."--People (Critic's Choice)

"An engaging pleasure...like red wine, [Banks] gets better and more interesting with age."--Publishers Weekly

The novels of Peter Robinson are: "Deeply nuanced works of art."--Dennis Lehane

"A skillful writer..."--Houston Chronicle

"A happy discovery."--Lady Antonia Fraser in the London Sunday Times

"A tale that's both satisfyingly traditional in one regard, and thoroughly up-to-date in its setting and psychological insight."--Orlando Sentinel

"Stunningly complex and intricately plotted....Peter Robinson fools and entertains me with every twist."--Nevada Barr

"[Robinson's] talents...account for both the quickness of mind that makes Banks such a keen protagonist."--New York Times Book Review

"Splendid."--San Diego Union-Tribune

"The equal of legends in the genre such as P.D. James and Ruth Rendell."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Kept us up past our bedtime."--Boston Globe

"Robinson is not just a master storyteller, he's a literary magician."--Montreal Gazette

"The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are, simply put, the best series now on the market."--Stephen King

So vivid that even those who aren t usually fans of procedural thrillers will fill their fingers burning. --People (Critic's Choice)"

[Robinson s] talents...account for both the quickness of mind that makes Banks such a keen protagonist. --New York Times Book Review"

Kept us up past our bedtime. --Boston Globe"

Robinson is not just a master storyteller, he s a literary magician. --Montreal Gazette"

Crime fiction at its best. --Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel"

Smooth as single malt. --Washington Post"

A taut pleasure. --Daily News"

A tale that s both satisfyingly traditional in one regard, and thoroughly up-to-date in its setting and psychological insight. --Orlando Sentinel"

Robinson is on a winning streak. --Tampa Tribune"

[PLAYING WITH FIRE] has a loud ring of truth and a good deal of suspense. --Chicago Tribune"

Robinson has won just about every mystery award there is .His latest shows why. --Booklist (starred review)"

An engaging pleasure like red wine, [Banks] gets better and more interesting with age. --Publishers Weekly"

The novels of Peter Robinson are: Deeply nuanced works of art. --Dennis Lehane"

The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are, simply put, the best series now on the market. --Stephen King"

Stunningly complex and intricately plotted....Peter Robinson fools and entertains me with every twist. --Nevada Barr"

Complex and intelligent. --London Sunday Times"

Exquisitely complex and atmospheric. --Los Angeles Times Book Review"

Taut, carefully thought out with plots that are refreshingly clich?-free. --Time Out London"

Cunning authentic and atmospheric. --The Independent (London)"

Different and intriguing. --Sunday Telegraph"

Peter Robinson is: A gifted creator of fully fleshed and vividly present characters. --Boston Globe"

A happy discovery. --Lady Antonia Fraser in the London Sunday Times"

A skillful writer --Houston Chronicle"

Absorbing Robinson continues to stretch the boundaries of the standard procedural. --Orlando Sentinel"

Robinson actually seems to grow in front of our eyes, delivering books of greater complexity each time. --Otto Penzler"

Splendid. --San Diego Union-Tribune"

The equal of legends in the genre such as P.D. James and Ruth Rendell. --St. Louis Post-Dispatch"

"Taut, carefully thought out...with plots that are refreshingly cliche-free."--Time Out London

-So vivid that even those who aren't usually fans of procedural thrillers will fill their fingers burning.---People (Critic's Choice)

-[Robinson's] talents...account for both the quickness of mind that makes Banks such a keen protagonist.---New York Times Book Review

-Kept us up past our bedtime.---Boston Globe

-Robinson is not just a master storyteller, he's a literary magician.---Montreal Gazette

-Crime fiction at its best.---Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

-Smooth as single malt.---Washington Post

-A taut pleasure.---Daily News

-A tale that's both satisfyingly traditional in one regard, and thoroughly up-to-date in its setting and psychological insight.---Orlando Sentinel

-Robinson is on a winning streak.---Tampa Tribune

-[PLAYING WITH FIRE] has a loud ring of truth and a good deal of suspense.---Chicago Tribune

-Robinson has won just about every mystery award there is....His latest shows why.---Booklist (starred review)

-An engaging pleasure...like red wine, [Banks] gets better and more interesting with age.---Publishers Weekly

The novels of Peter Robinson are: -Deeply nuanced works of art.---Dennis Lehane

-The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are, simply put, the best series now on the market.---Stephen King

-Stunningly complex and intricately plotted....Peter Robinson fools and entertains me with every twist.---Nevada Barr

-Complex and intelligent.---London Sunday Times

-Exquisitely complex and atmospheric.---Los Angeles Times Book Review

-Taut, carefully thought out...with plots that are refreshingly cliche-free.---Time Out London

-Cunning...authentic and atmospheric.---The Independent (London)

-Different and intriguing.---Sunday Telegraph

Peter Robinson is: -A gifted creator of fully fleshed and vividly present characters.---Boston Globe

-A happy discovery.---Lady Antonia Fraser in the London Sunday Times

-A skillful writer...---Houston Chronicle

-Absorbing...Robinson continues to stretch the boundaries of the standard procedural.---Orlando Sentinel

-Robinson actually seems to grow in front of our eyes, delivering books of greater complexity each time.---Otto Penzler

-Splendid.---San Diego Union-Tribune

-The equal of legends in the genre such as P.D. James and Ruth Rendell.---St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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