Release Date: 15/08/13
A disgraced college lecturer is found murdered with 5,000 pounds in his pocket on a disused railway line near his home. Since being dismissed from his job for sexual misconduct four years previously, he has been living a poverty-stricken and hermit-like existence in this isolated spot. The suspects range from several individuals at the college where he used to teach to a woman who knew the victim back in the early '70s at Essex University, then a hotbed of political activism. When Banks receives a warning to step away from the case, he realises there is much more to the mystery than meets the eye - for there are plenty more skeletons to come out of the closet ...
OK, you want a crime story, you want some clever weaving of deceit (not just from the case but also the author) and you love to sit back letting it dazzle your brain alongside giving you characters that are a pure joy to spend time around. Well in the British market, I have to go with Peter Robinson. He knows how to deliver everything that the reader wants.
This latest title, brings an interesting backstory to the fore, brings the time period to life wonderfully and when added to some great prose and dialogue all round makes it a book that not only delivered on what it promised but did so with bags of style to spare. All round a great book and one that I was more than happy to spend the time with.