[ Read Textbooks ] Children of the Revolution: DCI Banks 21Author Peter Robinson – Entrecielos.co

A Disgraced College Lecturer Is Found Murdered With , 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 SpotThe Suspects Range From Several Individuals At The College Where He Used To Teach To A Woman Who Knew The Victim Back In The Early s 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 To The Mystery Than Meets The Eye For There Are Plenty Skeletons To Come Out Of The Closet This is the twenty first novel in Peter Robinson s Inspector Banks series, based in the northern Yorkshire dales DCI Banks is fast approaching 60 and unenthusiastically contemplating retirement There s a possibility of promotion, which would keep him in the job for an extra five years or so, but is that what he really wants What he needs is a challenging case to occupy his waking hours, but what he gets is an apparent suicide though in the Eastvale area things are rarely as they seem The dead man, Gavin Miller, turns out to have been a Child of the Revolution a student at the University of Essex in the heady days of the early 1970s, when narcotic substances and extreme political philosophy loomed large in student life His career in education came to an inglorious end when he was sacked from Eastvale College for alleged sexual harassment of two female students Lacking the financial resources to remain in Eastvale, Miller has latterly occupied a remote cottage overlooking a disused railway line near the village of Coverton his body is found beneath a bridge crossing the former trackbed, now a paved footpath Did he jump, or was he pushed And why does he have an envelope in his pocket containing 5,000 in used 50 notes Starting with little else but Miller s name and place of residence, the usual team of DI Annie Cabbot and DS Winsome Jackman, augmented by new DC Gerry short for Geraldine Masterson, begins the slow and painstaking business of rebuilding the story of his life Miller proves to have been something of a loner, a shadowy figure never in the front rank of his peers or colleagues, and every aspect of his past needs to be pieced together from hard won bits and pieces of information accumulated from every available source This slow moving procedure no doubt accounts for the complaints by other reviewers that the novel is boring or tedious Every reader quite rightly has his or her own personal preferences, but I quite enjoyed following the slow and systematic search for clues it seemed to me that the credibility of the story was enhanced by relying upon hard work rather than fortuitous circumstance to drive the plot forward A couple of reviewers refer to stereotypes and clich s, but again I don t think that the criticism is wholly justified For example, a substantial minority among the rich and powerful do seek to exert their influence improperly in order to gain personal advantage reference to such behaviour is hardly a clich I really enjoyed the first two thirds of the book, but unhappily the remaining third fails to live up to the promise of the preceding chapters In part this may be because the carefully crafted investigation leaves too few potential suspects, but it also reflects something of a change of direction which takes the tale into less credible territory I can t go into detail without spoiling the enjoyment of those who have yet to read the book, but I did guess the identity of the villain of the piece at a fairly early stage not something I m particularly good at and this inevitably suppressed any feeling of suspense or revelation in the closing chapters.In summary, this is by no means a bad novel, but it isn t among Robinson s best, which is a pity because at his best he s a world class writer If I could use half stars, I d award three and a half, but since it doesn t meet my criteria for four stars I ve had to settle for three Don t let that put you off too much, though it s still an above average crime novel, and if you ve enjoyed the earlier books in the series you ll need to keep up to date with life as lived in Eastvale.To end on a trivial note, I don t know whether the fault lies with the author or his editor but as every Yorkshire lad should know in Britain a fender is something that surrounds an old fashioned fireplace, or the conglomeration of ropes and old tyres used to protect the sides of a boat the corner panels of a motor vehicle are either wings or mudguards And do we really need to have such exhaustive details of Banks s menu selections and choice of background music Finally, by the time my pre ordered copy of this book arrived it had been on sale in high street booksellers for almost three weeks This has happened two or three times over the past year or so has anyone else had similar problems I always enjoy these novels but didn t find this one as good as usual Banks seemed to go off on his own investigating the murder of an ex college lecturer than he usually does and I must admit I get a bit bored hearing so much of his musical taste, possibly because I am not a classical music fan He solves the mystery, of course, but it is decided he cannot share the outcome with his team who have worked so hard. Like book 20 when the story came to an end there was an instruction to editorial staffCOPY THE TWO LINES OF HTML BELOW, INCLUDING the nbsp line TO ADD TO THE END OF A CHAPTER.Not many proof reading irritations this time.Thought the story had too many strands and the eventual motive came along very late into the text No need to punish the villain but unsatisfactory mishmash of an ending. This is the 21st book of the series and I have read them all As I have said before the crime content is brilliant but there is far too much reference to music from DCI Banks Obviously the author indulging himself yet again The references are meaningless to me and I skip over them quickly I shall read the remaining books in the series but expect the music to overtake the crime stories Shame Once you get past the fact that the Inspector Banks novels are little than conversations over food and drink, rather than authentic police investigations, you can enjoy them Children of The Revolution offers no surprising twists and turns in the career of Banks and his colleagues, but the story does hold up well, and it is engrossing and entertaining enough The plot derails a bit at the end, but this is comfortable, familiar territory for fans of Peter Robinson Character driven, with good social history and nostalgia, this is undemanding but reasonably well done stuff.