Seeing this book sat on the bookshelf in the charity shop (with the fluorescent orange wording on the front cover) the blurb had me hooked enough to bring it home with me. Ex-college lecturer Gavin Miller is found dead with £5000 in cash across a disused railway track. When Banks visits his house and sees that the house is full of 1970’s memorabilia but very little else, he is interested at why someone murdered Gavin Miller as the motive clearly wasn’t money. Banks also had a lot in common with Gavin Miller, they were of the same age and liked similar music.
When DCI Banks delves into Gavin’s past he finds a history of abuse and misconduct which occurred at the college Gavin used to teach, the political activism was he embroiled with when he was a student at Essex University in the 1970’s and the link between him and Lady Veronica Chalmers, an upstanding member of the community who also happened to be at Essex University the same time as Gavin.
The book is part of the Inspector Banks series of novels that Peter Robinson is well known for. I haven’t read any of the other books but didn’t feel that I had missed out by not reading them. I had to say I was disappointed with this book, I found the plot to be a real slow burner, to the extent that I nearly gave up but persevered through. The plot was believable, but the ending was anti-climatic. The book didn’t focus on the case but also focused on DCI Banks’ life which did feel a bit boring in parts.
Overall the book didn’t live up to its potential but it is a good read if you just want a crime book to while away the afternoon.
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