08 October 2010

Book Review: A dedicated man

A Dedicated Man (Inspector Banks, #2)A Dedicated Man by Peter Robinson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Peter Robinson writes whodunits featuring Yorkshire detective Alan Banks. We found a bunch of reprints of his earlier books on sale in a cheap bookshop, and so bought some of them to read the beginnings of the series, where the characters get introduced.

This is the second of the series, about a well-liked man who was murdered, yet seemed to have no enemies.

It was first published more than 20 years ago, and one becomes aware of it by the way things have changed since then. A police station has just been equipped with its first computer, while another has a clattering telex machine (can one still subscribe to telex services, I wonder?). The characters are always smoking, though I've mainly been conscious of that in novels written in the 1940s, not the 1980s.

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