Monday, February 18, 2013
WATCHING THE DARK by Peter Robinson
This is the twentieth book in the Chief Inspector Banks series. I don't normally start a series so far in, but the premise was intriguing. The murder of a police officer (by crossbow!) triggers a wider investigation, reaching back to one of the murdered officer's unsolved cases and to more recent murders. Banks must work with Joanna Passero, from internal affairs, as his partner, Annie, returns from her convalescence. For jumping in on the twentieth book, I was impressed. Robinson does an excellent job of providing enough information for a first-time reader of the series. The mystery itself is complicated and interesting, and the interpersonal relationships (Annie returning to work and facing her fears, Banks working with internal affairs) were satisfying. All in all, an excellent British mystery, and I'll be looking for Peter Robinson's previous books so I can get caught up. Source disclosure: I received an e-galley of this title from the publisher.