Saturday, March 16, 2019
Gallows View by Peter Robinson
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks has moved from London to Eastvale in Yorkshire, expecting a quieter job.However, the local police are coping with a peeping Tom, some break-ins that occur at the home of older women who live alone, and, eventually, a murder. Those are just the cases Banks' small team is handling. And, a women's group seems to think the police are not putting enough emphasis on the peeping Tom case, so Superintendent Gristhorpe brings in a consultant. Dr. Jenny Fuller is a professor and a psychologist, and Gristhorpe hopes she can profile the perpetrator.
The best police procedurals, in my opinion, mix the professional lives of the officers, their investigations and cases, with their personal lives. It's easy to see in this debut novel that Robinson will successfully meld those aspects of Banks' life. Banks' wife, Sandra, has an interest in photography, and her time with the local camera club is an important aspect of the story. And, as much as Alan loves his wife, he admits his attraction and interest in Jenny Fuller. Those characters, and their background, come together in a time of crisis, one in which Banks has to make a crucial decision.
Gallows View was nominated for several awards after its original release in 1987. Robinson skillfully handles the police investigation and interrogations. It's always interesting to follow along with the police as they check suspects and examine stories. However, the style in which Robinson introduces his characters, and blends their personal stories will draw readers back. In fact, the author's writing style, stories, and characters, particularly Alan Banks, have drawn readers for another twenty-four police procedurals so far.
Peter Robinson's website is https://www.inspectorbanks.com/
Gallows View by Peter Robinson. Avon Books, 1987. ISBN 0380714000 (paperback), 323p.
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