GALLOWS VIEW by Peter Robinson 🙂 🙂 🙂
Gallows View is the first book in the Inspector Banks series of mysteries by Peter Robinson. I began reading books later in the series, around numbers fifteen and seventeen for the simple reason that I could get them from my local library – so not cost to me. Apart, that is, from the bus fare and must have cup of coffee!
I enjoyed the later books so much I decided to begin at the beginning as it were and when my bank balance allows; so it may be a slow process.
I also bore in mind that often the first book in a series is not as good as the later books. With a first book the author is just beginning his craft, his techniques, etc are still in the formative stage.
Of course, for some authors, the first book is the best and only.
That is certainly not the case with Robinson.
I was certainly proved wrong with this book. I found it every bit as enjoyable as I had hoped. Robinson’s writing is sparse, he doesn’t do reflexive passages. Inspector Banks may have his reflexive moment but he shakes his head and comes to his senses quickly, for Banks in an intelligent but plodding policeman.
I don’t in any way mean that he is slow – merely that once he gets the bit between his teeth he doesn’t give up until case solved.
“A peeping Tom is frightening the women of Eastvale. Two glue-sniffing thugs are breaking into homes. An old woman may or may not have been murdered. In addition, Banks has to deal with his attraction to a young psychologist Jenny Fuller. As the tension mounts, both Jenny and Bank’s wife are drawn deeper into events. And Banks realizes that his cases are weaving closer and closer together …”
And when the peeping Tom targets first Sandra Banks and later Jenny is taken hostage by a young thug high on amphetamines and wielding a gun, things get very personal for Banks. He is faced with the difficult choice of going to comfort his wife or trying to save the woman he is attracted to.
Either way, Banks has a choice to make and he makes the only choice an Inspector of Police can make.
Title: Gallows View
Author: Peter Robinson
Publisher: Pan Books, 2002