[Review] Children of the Revolution by Peter Robinson

Title: Children of the Revolution: An Inspector Banks Novel #21
Author: Peter Robinson
Publisher: William Morrow March 25, 2014
Genre: Fiction, Detective, Murder Mystery, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, England
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Rating: 3 Stars for Good
Source: Free copy from William Morrow in exchange for a review.

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is summoned to the crime scene of an "emaciated old man". The body was found near a "disused railway track" and the "Yorkshire Dales National Park". The dead man is Gavin Miller. He was a college teacher until forced to retire early. Miller's history was being apart of the early 1970s culture of: drugs, Marxist and other radical ideologies, and rock n roll (Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix).
Banks interviews friends who knew Miller during the early 1970s, feeling that somehow Miller's past has caught up to him.

My Thoughts:
This is the second novel in the Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks series. The previous book read and reviewed was Watching the Dark.
I had a hard time becoming apart of this story until half-way through the novel. The later half grew on me, and I felt the mystery and solving of crime ended well.
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is a character who is impeccable in his detective work. He is sober-minded, knowledgeable, wise, composed among a gruesome scene. I'm aware a detective needs these qualities, but he is human. His humanity shows in small clips for the reader, Banks is lonely at times and he misses having family nearby.
I felt little sympathy for the victim (this sounds terrible of me). The only character who I did like is Banks. All the other characters are light-weights.

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