Author(s): Peter Robinson
A disgraced college lecturer is found murdered with ?5,000 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 ...
Praise for Peter Robinson -- : 'Peter Robinson has for too long, and unfairly, been in the shadow of Ian Rankin; perhaps PIECE OF MY HEART, the latest in the Chief Inspector Banks series, will give him the status he deserves, near, perhaps even at the top of, the British crime writers' league' -- Marcel Berlins, The Times Classic Robinson: a labyrinthine plot merged with deft characterisation -- Observer Robinson also has a way of undercutting the genre's familiarity. With a deceptively unspectacular language, he sets about the process of unsettling the reader -- Independent
Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire, and now divides his time between Richmond and Canada. There are twenty books in the bestselling Inspector Banks series - the critically acclaimed crime novels have won numerous awards in Britain, the United States, Canada and Europe, and are published in translation all over the world. Peter Robinson's DCI Banks is now a major new ITV1 drama by Left Bank productions. Stephen Tompkinson 'Wild at Heart, Ballykissangel' plays Inspector Banks, and Andrea Lowe 'The Bill, Murphy's Law' plays DI Annie Cabbot. FRIEND OF THE DEVIL was adapted as a series for ITV and was aired in Autumn 2011. The book was also shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award for 2008. Peter's recent standalone novel BEFORE THE POISON won the 2012 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel by the Crime Writers of Canada. This was Peter's sixth Arthur Ellis award. Peter keeps a website at www.inspectorbanks.com.