[Review] Children of the Revolution by Peter Robinson
Author: Peter Robinson
Publisher: William Morrow March 25, 2014
Genre: Fiction, Detective, Murder Mystery, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, England
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.
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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