When the Music's Over

When the Music's Over

Book - 2016
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The body of a young girl is found in a remote countryside lane, evidence suggests she was drugged, abused, and thrown from a moving van. Fifty years ago, Linda Palmer was attacked by celebrity entertainer Danny Caxton, yet no investigation ever took place. Now Caxton stands accused, at the centre of a historical abuse investigation, and it's DSI Alan Banks' first task as superintendent to find the truth. With his investigation uncovering things from the past that would rather stay hidden, he will be led down a path even darker than the one he set out to investigate.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780771072673
Characteristics: 482 pages ;,24 cm.


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Very interesting background on some of the human trafficking that is going on in our big cities and the role that poverty plays. The British school system is clearly at fault for some of the troubled youth who end up on the street, but the novel does not point fingers in that direction.

SCL_Tricia Oct 31, 2017

I did enjoy this storyline but found I had to suspend my belief often. I can't remember what someone said two weeks ago let alone the exact details of a case I may have heard of 50 years ago. That being said if you can just roll with it the story is good and the adventure keeps you going.

May 12, 2017

I did not really enjoy reading this book. The plot was boring as it didn't really interest me. It dealt with Banks pursuing a cold case of a sexual assault involving a high profile celebrity now in his mid-eighties and Annie trying to solve the current murder of a 15 year old girl, a victim of sexual assault. Robinson though had fun writing this piece of fiction as it allowed him to fill paragraphs not only about songs and classical music, but, also, English poetry and Shakespeare that Banks was listening to, reading about, or just remembering. Even more annoying was Robinson's writing style in which he develops the two story lines mentioned above alternatively. Thus he can draw out his plot to fill over 400 pages. I also thought that how the detectives talked to the victims and the suspects seemed inappropriate. Annie, working now with a rookie constable instead of Banks, appears to be quite belligerent in her confrontations with suspects/members of the public. Banks seems to be falling for the main witness of the cold case. In this book, Robinson has promoted Banks, but it seems at the end of the book he may not like Banks in that position. Annie does, however, still have contact with Banks to whom she reports her progress in the case she is investigating. She has been paired with a naive rookie female constable, allowing Robinson to exploit the differences in their approach to the case they are working on. This book just wasn't satisfying on so many levels unlike Robinson's other novels featuring his detectives, Banks and Annie.

rb3221 Mar 03, 2017

The last Banks novel,for now,is a very good one with Banks recently promoted to Detective Superintendent and also starring Cabbot and Winsome Jack. It is a well thought out and well developed police procedural. It deals with two completely separate plots [the very old sexual assault case of an aging celebrity and the murder of a teenage girl with the sub plot of immigrant sex trafficking. There is the usual twists and turns with drugs, racial disharmony and sexual crimes in both plots. A great read and recommended.

Oct 18, 2016

Still another great Inspector Banks novel. They're all good reading and good fun. The central character is interesting and the supporting cast always adds a balance and good interaction. Robinson writes intriguing and engrossing murder (and other crime) mysteries and none of these has disappointed with the ending. If you're a fan of the tv adaptations, you'll find these are even better.

Oct 15, 2016

It's engaging; it draws you in. (Bears little resemblance to the TV series in that Banks is never in trouble in this book and nearly always so in the TV show. That's OK; the TV series got tiring after one season because of his always doing what he wasn't supposed to do.) Criticisms of this book: too wordy by half. Second, the author is not at all convincing when writing about the feelings of a 14-year-old girl who's been raped by two grown men. He sounded like a man writing about what he thought such a girl might feel. There's so much he could have included instead of the meandering journal supposedly written by that woman 50 years after the rapes. Robinson's depiction of the woman's feelings were the weakest part of the book, I think.

Oct 06, 2016

Followers of Peter Robinson will likely find this book different from previous Banks novels. It is quite wordy and contains very little physical action. On the other hand, it is covers an internationally current criminal problem very well. The dialogue is quite witty at times. The ongoing characters from the past are developed in considerably more detail. It will be interesting to see whether this change of style will be continued in future books. A highly recommended page turner.

Aug 20, 2016

DS Banks now and topical case scenarios with historical rape charges against an aged entertainer and modern abuse of under-age girls with racial overtones. All the skulduggery in the background, underlying police corruption.....the elements of irony.... what's not to like about Peter Robinson's latest except that I have finished it and will have to wait for the next one.

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