Oxcrimes is a collection of short stories by a number of authors, published in a limited edition, as a fund-raiser for Oxfam. Introduced by Ian Rankin, this book contains stories by Rankin, John Harvey, Maxim Jakubowski, John Connolly, Christopher Fowler, Simon Lewis, James Sallis, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Anne Zouroudi, Phil Rickman, Mark Billingham, Alexander McCall Smith, Anthony Horowitz, Val McDermid, Peter James, Adrian McKinty, Denise Mina, Louise Welsh, Martyn Waites, George Pelecanos, Neil Gaiman, Stella Duffy, Peter Robinson, Fred Varga, Stuart Neville, Ann Cleeves, and Walter Mosley.
The signed, limited edition cost £250, and is available from Henry Sotheran Limited.
Don’t have all the Inspector Banks novels? New to the series? Get this specially-price 4-book bundle of great Inspector Banks novels, by Peter Robinson.
Aftermath; Friend of the Devil; Playing with Fire; Strange Affair
Set in Yorkshire, England, and featuring the much-loved Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and his team at Homicide and Major Crimes, this psychologically tense, intricately plotted mystery series, by award-winning author Peter Robinson, has won over millions of fans worldwide. Bundled together for the first time, these four outstanding novels reveal why Robinson is considered one of the world’s most successful living crime writers.
In Aftermath, Banks and his team investigate a serial killer couple who prey on teenage girls. In Friend of the Devil, two violent crimes that occurred in separate locations, and an unusual episode in the life of one of Banks’s colleagues, are expertly woven into a complex and compelling tale where the past comes back to haunt Banks.
In Playing With Fire, the team investigates two fiery deaths on a couple of derelict barges, but the dangerous secrets they uncover threaten to engulf Banks’s case. And, in Strange AffairStrange Affair, when Banks receives a disturbing telephone call from his brother, he abandons the peaceful Yorkshire Dales for the bright lights of London to search him out. But his sibling has vanished into thin air, and now Banks fears they have had their final conversation. What unfolds combines an enthralling murder story with a deeper investigation of Banks’s past and his troubled relationship with his brother.
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The latest DCI Banks novel, Children of the Revolution, was released in the United States in late March, and has received a number of great reviews. Here’s what the trade publication, Booklist said, in a starred review in the March 1st issue:
“Robinson’s long-running and best-selling Inspector Banks series, now spanning more than 20 novels, has won a clutch of awards, including France’s Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and Sweden’s Martin Beck awards, along with nominations for Edgar and Agatha awards. Detective Chief Inspector Banks, the artsy and melancholic Yorkshire detective, and his snarky sidekick, Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot, are consistently fun to watch, whether you just drop in on this series or have seen the shifts in their relationship from the beginning. Robinson writes police procedurals in which the latest forensic science enhances, while still taking a back seat to, the basic arts of detection; Banks is clearly on the side of oldfashioned discovery of motive and opportunity, and his questioning of suspects is wonderful to witness. This time the body of a former university lecturer is found on the tracks of an abandoned railroad track in North Yorkshire. The man has been living hand to mouth since his dismissal on charges of sexual misconduct several years before. The scene reads as a suicide, except to Banks, who suspects that the 5,000 pounds left in the man’s pocket and his recent reaching out to militant college contacts from the 1970s may point to a more complicated story. As usual with a Banks novel, the chief inspector’s frictions with higher-ups are nearly as gripping as the unraveling of the case itself. First-rate procedural and character study.”
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Peter’s Children of the Revolution, the latest DCI Banks novel, is just out in paperback, and it has soared to the top of the UK’s best-seller lists, with a substantial lead over the rest of the list. This is the first time that one of Peter’s books has hit number one in the Official UK Top 50 list. If you haven’t read Children of the Revolution yet, grab it now; it’s flying off the shelves!
Happy Holidays to All!
I was fortunate enough to spend a week in Stockholm earlier this December, courtesy of my Swedish publisher Minotaur. They tell me I have sold 3 million books there!
Highlights of the week were dinner at Restaurant Sturehof with best-selling Swedish writer Camilla Läckberg and my Swedish translator Jan Malmsjö, the Books and Dreams event with Carina Nunstedt at the wonderful old Skandiabiografen cinema, dinner at Den Gyldene Freden rsetaurant in the Old Town with the winners of the Swedish Book Club competition, and, last but not least, a trip to the town of Eskilstuna to receive the Golden Crowbar (previously Martin Beck) Award from the Swedish Academy of Detection and drink beer and single malt whisky with K. Arne Blom.
Camilla Läckberg with Peter in Stockholm.
I also had a photo session with my publisher’s resident photographer Caroline Andersson. Along with all this, we also managed to find a little time for sightseeing in Stockholm, particularly the Old Town, with its narrow cobbled streets, and the Vasa Warship Museum, built around an enormous 1628 wooden warship raised in 1961. It’s a definitely a city to return to, perhaps in warmer weather!
Peter in his Nordic noir mood.