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Gallows View

de Peter Robinson

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The first Inspector Banks novel. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks has recently moved to the Yorkshire Dales from London to escape the stress of the metropolis. But he soon finds that life in the country is not quite as idyllic as he had imagined... A peeping Tom is frightening the women of Eastvale. Two glue-sniffing thugs are breaking into homes. An old woman may or may not have been murdered. In addition, Banks has to deal with his attraction to a young psychologist Jenny Fuller. As the tension mounts, both Jenny and Banks wife are drawn deeper into events. And Banks realizes that his cases are weaving closer and closer together...… (mais)
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Inspector Alan Banks moved from London to the quiet Yorkshire dales city of Eastvale to escape the stress of his job. The plan seemed solid - nothing happens in small sleepy English towns, right? Well, that may be semi-true in real life but in the imagination of the British crime writers, they are worse than the big city.

A few months into the job he catches a few cases that appear to be unrelated - a peeping Tom terrorizes the women of the town, someone keeps burglarizing homes and one day an old woman is killed, seemingly while she surprised someone trying to steal what little she owned.

The police is struggling a bit with a very vocal feminist about the police not carrying about the Peeping Tom because he does not threaten men so the chief decides to bring in a psychologist, Jenny Fuller, to assist. The fact that she is a beautiful woman and has a connection to the already mentioned feminist makes her even better in the eyes of most people. The fact that she knows it and shares it makes for a funny moment.

And off we are, chasing after all the perpetrators. Except that the tracks keep crossing and you never know when pieces from one of the cases will show up in another. And in the middle of that Alan is being very British and is resisting his attraction to his colleague (being married and all) and all that tension is almost palpable through the novel. And just when the things get completely jumbled, the cases start breaking open one after another and Alan needs to decide who he needs to protect - Jenny or his wife. And the decision has nothing to do with love - he needs to think as a policeman - and that is not exactly easy at that point.

The novel will probably sound a bit dated if one does not check when it was written - police and society had evolved since these days (or so one hopes). But even with those pieces in, it works. Alan Banks is a likeable character, not perfect and human enough, to make one want to read more of this series. It is a very good start of a series that is still going - #27 is expected in March 2021. ( )
  AnnieMod | Mar 1, 2021 |
Alltid kul att höra ur en serie började. Efter att ha läst åtskilliga Peter Robinson deckare om Alan Banks var det kul att höra hur det startade och jag tycker att debuten är överraskande bra, även om både Alan Banks och berättelserna djupnat med tiden. ( )
  Mats_Sigfridsson | Aug 27, 2020 |
Insp. Banks, Londoner trans to Yorkshire, peeper & teen robberies
  ritaer | Jun 11, 2020 |
I have found a new mystery series! Unfortunately, they are hard to come by, but will be worth the extra effort. Gallows View was a book I had picked up about a year ago and then put on the "I'll get to it eventually" shelf. There are essentially two mysteries in the book, a peeping Tom on the loose and the murder of an elderly lady. DCI Banks must determine if the two are connected and apprehend the criminals. The mystery was good and had enough twists to keep my interest. Though I had guessed the peeper before the end of the book, I was surprised at the result of the murder and how it did or didn't tie in. The personal aspects of the story involving DCI Banks and his family were neatly intertwined with the story. So many mystery authors include the family or friends almost as an after thought, leaving it a little awkward. Not so in this one. Overall, I loved the book and will be hunting down the rest of the series. ( )
  BookishHooker | Dec 16, 2019 |
Well done contemporary British mystery. Very similar to Midsummer Murders or Inspector Lewis. ( )
  grandpahobo | Sep 26, 2019 |
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The first Inspector Banks novel. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks has recently moved to the Yorkshire Dales from London to escape the stress of the metropolis. But he soon finds that life in the country is not quite as idyllic as he had imagined... A peeping Tom is frightening the women of Eastvale. Two glue-sniffing thugs are breaking into homes. An old woman may or may not have been murdered. In addition, Banks has to deal with his attraction to a young psychologist Jenny Fuller. As the tension mounts, both Jenny and Banks wife are drawn deeper into events. And Banks realizes that his cases are weaving closer and closer together...

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