[Review] Watching The Dark: An Inspector Banks Novel by Peter Robinson

Title: Watching The Dark: An Inspector Banks Novel
Author: Peter Robinson
Publisher: William Morrow February 25, 2014
ISBN: 9780062283979 
Genre: Fiction, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, Detective, Mystery, England
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Rating: 4 Stars for Very Good
Source: Free copy from William Morrow Trade Paperback in exchange for a review.

Summary:
Detective Alan Banks of the Eastvale police department in Yorkshire, England, is summoned to solve the murder of another inspector, who has died mysteriously at a police treatment center. Detective Banks partner is Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot. Detective Cabbot has recently come back to work after a convalescent leave. Because a detective has been murdered Banks must work with a Professional Standards, Inspector Joanna Passere. Detective Banks prefers to work alone, or at least with Detective Cabbot. The murder leads Banks and Cabbot to an unsolved case of a missing young English woman in Estonia. Banks and Cabbot travel to the city of Tallin's Old Town section in Estonia, eastern Europe. 
Watching The Dark has elements of: murder mystery, detective work, black mail, cold case missing person, and cover-up.

My Thoughts: 
Watching The Dark is the first book I've read by Peter Robinson. I love English murder mysteries, detective work, travel, and realistic drama; Watching The Dark appealed to all the above. 
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is a man of late middle age, he has a lengthy career as a detective and is used to doing things his way and in his time. Joanna Passere's presence and different methods give Banks a thorn in his side. Passere and Banks are civil towards each other and at times I wondered if there was an attraction, but they are forced to work together in order to solve the two cases. Their kvetch is a subtle element and a back drop to the solving of the murder cases.
The detectives in the story are not Hollywood handsome and virile, they are realistic and I appreciated this. 
I'm anxious to read the next case/book in the Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks series: Children of the Revolution.

Link @ Inspector Banks site

Author information from publisher: Peter Robinson.

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