This is Peter Robinson's nineteenth crime novel and his twentieth book. Most feature Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, of the Eastvale police department. The Inspector Banks novels are all satisfying and the best of them are quite good. Bad Boy is one of the quite good ones.
It starts with Banks away from work. A woman comes to the police station to ask his help in recovering a loaded pistol from her daughter's room. In Banks's absence, former lover and still colleague and ally Annie Cabbot steps in. Things go seriously wrong in the police attempt to recover the gun. An innocent man dies and the police department is under public scrutiny. More seriously, Banks's daughter Tracy becomes involved. A friend of the girl with the gun, she heads off to warn the girl's boyfriend that the police are looking for where the girl got the gun. Tracy's going through a bad time. She got an unsatisfactory Second at the university, is working a nothing job and feels abandoned by her parents, especially good old Dad. She's mucked up her hair, she's got a stud above one eyebrow and another on her lip, and her present mood, her friend's dangerous boyfriend looks appealing. But then things go seriously bad.
By the time Banks returns from his vacation, Annie is in the hospital with two gun wounds. Her doctor can't say whether she will survive. Tracy is missing, held hostage by a very, very bad boy named Jaff, who is on the run from not only the police but the homicidal minions of his former boss. It's up to Banks to resolve things and he does in an unpredictable but believable finale. The chase is seen from both sides -Tracy's as Jaff's hostage and Banks as their pursuer- and it keeps your attention every page of the way. I've felt lately that some of Robinson's most recent thrillers lagged a bit but this one is a winner from the first page on. As always, Banks is an appealing hero -a bit of a renegade in the ordered world of a big city police department but he gets results.
The Inspector Banks novels have been growing darker of late, and, number 20, Bad Boy, continues the trend in spades. Jaff McCready is one of those handsome charmers who has never developed a conscience, and when Banks’ 20-something daughter falls for him, she fails to recognize the warning signs. Banks himself is on holiday in California, where he has been doing some much needed soul searching while enjoying the spectacular scenery. He returns to England only to find that his partner and … more
(Disclaimer: A free copy of this book was received from Amazon Vine in exchange for an honest review.) Bad Boy by Peter Robinson is a strong addition to his Alan Banks series. A former neighbor shows up at Banks's office to tell him that her daughter has come home for a visit and has brought a gun. As Banks is on vacation in America, Annie Cabot and Detective Superintendent Catherine Gervaise meet with the woman, and all hell breaks loose. Gervaise and Cabot follow procedure … more
At least not if the puppy's going to wake you up at 6:00 am. I was flying through it till 2:30. For me, Bad Boy was a page turner. Been a few years since I've read other Peter Robinson books, so it was good to see this one in the Vine queue. The book is way better than its brief description. I can see why some of his fans don't like this one as much as some of the others, and I agree, it's not one too start with--way too many references to previous stories … more
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