The Latest News from Peter Robinson

It has been a fairly quiet year as regards publicity, since No Cure for Love was either a reissue (Canada) or the first publication of an old book (UK and USA). Either way, it meant I didn’t get to go running around the country giving talks and readings. But that will all soon change with the publication of When the Music’s Over. It’s early days yet, but one or two things have come up already.

First off, publication dates:

When the Music’s Over will be published in the UK on 14th July, 2016, in the USA on 9th August, and in Canada on 25th October.

On Friday, 15th April, I have an event with Giles Blunt and David Carpenter at the Prince Edward County Authors Festival, in Picton, Ontario. The event runs between 6.30pm and 7.30pm and consists of interviews and brief readings.

From 1st to 5th June I will be at the Crime Festival in Wroclaw, Poland, where I am to receive the Great Calibre Award of Honour along with Tess Gerritson and Pierre Lemaitre. This award ‘is presented not for certain book, but for authorship. Previous laureates of the Great Calibre Award of Honour were: Joanna Chmielewska, Marek Krajewski (two most popular authors of crime fiction in Poland), Jeffery Deaver, Boris Akunin, Alexandra Marinina, Leonid Jozefowicz, Jo Nesbø, Maj Sjöwall, Anne Holt, Kathy Reichs, Walter Mosley, Henning Mankell (he could not come to the festival because of his illness) and Håkan Nesser.’ Having never been to Poland before, I’m really looking forward to my visit!

On 9th July I’m appearing at the St Albans Literary Festival in the UK, possibly with David Mark.

From 17th to 20th August I will be at the Crimetime Festival, on the island of Gotland, just off the coast of Sweden. It’s an international festival and among the others appearing will be Sharon Bolton, Elizabeth Hand, Camilla Läckberg, Arne Dahl, Johan Theorin, Jørn Lier Horst, Håkan Nesser, Maria Jungstedt and Mons Kallentoft.

On 10th September at 7pm I’m appearing at the Bloody Scotland crime festival in Stirling, Scotland.

I have a new short story called ‘The Blackbird’ appearing in an anthology called Crime + Music Noir, edited by Jim Fusilli and published by Three Rooms Press this autumn.

And finally, the fifth season of DCI Banks is in production right now, filming in Leeds and various parts of Yorkshire, starring Stephen Tompkinson, Andrea Lowe, Caroline Catz and Jack Deam. None of the three stories presented over six one hour episodes was based on any of the Banks novels or short stories, and I think you can expect a few surprises this time around. The series shows on ITV in the UK later this year.

Coming Soon: The New DCI Banks Novel, When the Music’s Over

When the musics overThe new DCI Banks book by Number One bestseller Peter Robinson has the team investigating two highly contemporary crimes – each echoing and illuminating the other.

The 23rd DCI Banks novel will be published in the UK on 14 July, 2016.

See this page for more information.

Out now: In the Dark Places

In the dark placesThe latest Inspector Banks novel is has been published in the US. With a different title – In the Dark Places – this is the same as Abattoir Blues, the 22nd book in the series.

When two boys vanish under mysterious circumstances, the local community is filled with unease. Then a bloodstain is discovered in a disused World War Two hangar nearby, and a caravan belonging to one of the youths is burned to the ground. Things quickly become much more sinister.

Assigned to the case, DCI Banks and his team are baffled by the mystery laid out before them. But when a motor accident throws up a gruesome discovery, the investigation spins into a higher gear – in another direction. As Banks and his team struggle desperately to find the missing boy who holds the key to the puzzle, they find themselves in a race against time where it’s their turn to become the prey…

Read more about In the Dark Places.

Available Now in the UK: Reissue of No Cure for Love

No cure for loveAfter twenty years, No Cure for Love is now available in the UK. I have always been very fond of this, my “L.A.” book, and I’m really happy to see it finally published here, with a new foreword by Michael Connelly.

I won’t be doing a lot of touring around this year, but I just got back from the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Festival in Harrogate, which is always a terrific event, and earlier in the year I had a great time at the Emirates Literary Festival in Dubai. In the next few weeks, though, I will be appearing with Stephen Booth and Nick Quantrill at the Newark Literary Festival, held at Newark Castle, on 8th August at 4.00pm, and on 26th September I’ll be with Helen Cadbury at the Richmond Books and Walking Festival, at Richmond, North Yorkshire.

No Cure for Love is also being reissued this autumn in Canada, the only place it has previously been published, by McClelland & Stewart, and it will appear in the US in spring, 2016, published by William Morrow.

See this page for more information.

Peter Pays Tribute to Ruth Rendell

Crime writer Ruth Rendell passed away over the weekend, and Peter Robinson has an article in The Globe and Mail, about her work. Peter that
Ruth Rendell gave us some of the finest crime novels of all time.

“When Ruth Rendell died on Saturday, May 2, it meant that we had we lost two of our finest crime writers in less than six months. Ruth and P.D. James, who died last November, were good friends, though they sat on opposite sides of the House of Lords. Both had started publishing crime fiction in the early sixties, and both had tremendous influence on the next generation. Without them, crime writing today would not be as vibrant, as exciting or as relevant as it is.”

Read the article on The Globe and Mail website.

Abattoir Blues Now Out in Paperback

Abattoir blues paperbackThe 22nd Inspector Banks novel, Abattoir Blues, is now available in paperback in the UK. It has already soared to the top ten paperback bestsellers in the UK.

Taking the title from the Nick Cave album, this sophisticated thriller, featuring DCI Alan Banks, follows the success of No.1 best-seller Children of the Revolution, which shot to the top of the UK charts earlier this year.

Get it now from Amazon UK, or from your local bookshop.