Blood at the Root : DCI Banks Mysteries

  • by Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by James Langton
  • Series: DCI Banks Mysteries
  • 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When the brutally beaten body of a young man is found in an alley, Eastvale's Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and his colleague, Detective Constable Susan Gay, have no choice but to lock up the three Pakistani youths who seemingly started it all after an argument in a pub. But they're out in no time, and Banks is in big trouble with the chief for risking a racial incident with the arrest. Ordered to run the investigation from his desk and leave the legwork to others, Banks's hands are tied and his temper is flaring. When disturbing facts start emerging about the victim, Banks can't simply sit at his desk---and he soon alienates himself from both the investigation and his own department. While his twenty-year marriage crumbles around him, he tries to make sense of a gray world grown ever more black and sinister, as he follows a treacherous trail of hate, greed, and twisted philosophy that leads to the darkest pits of a man's inhumanity to man. Brilliant and exasperating by turns, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks inhabits a Yorkshire landscape colored in shades of gray where good and evil seldom conform to their comfortingly ordinary colors of black and white.


What the Critics Say

"Sociologically acute." (The New York Times Book Review)


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Customer Reviews

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Though the publication date is 2011, this book was clearly written 20 years earlier. The protagonist listens to his music on his Sony Walkman (remember those?). And young flat dwellers take calls on a communal phone 'on the landing' (check your history books if you don't understand). That said, it is a good story, well-told, and some of the racial themes are unfortunately still current.
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- Mystery Girl


What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Such a dreary voice the reader has although he's quite good at accents but his normal reading voice is dire. What happens to Simon Slater? I'm embarrassed to have to admit I fell asleep before the end but couldn't be bothered to rewind to find out the ending. A complete waste of a credit!

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- Jane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-03-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio