A Necessary End

A Necessary End

An Inspector Banks Mystery

eBook - 1992
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One rainy March evening, an anti-nuclear demonstration outside the Eastvale Community Centre turns nasty: the mood of the crowd begins to darken as the weather worsens. Finally the police lose control and violence erupts, leaving one policeman dead with almost a hundred suspects.

Detective Chief Inspector Banks is back, investigating his third case in Yorkshire. But things become difficult for him when Superintendent Richard “Dirty Dick” Burgess is sent from London, for political reasons, to lead the investigation. Sifting through a host of unusual suspects and disturbing discoveries about the police themselves, Banks is warned off the case. But the only way he can salvage his career is by beating Burgess to the killer. As the two head for a final confrontation, Banks pieces together the full story behind his most tragic case so far.

Publisher: New York : Scribner ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, [1992]
ISBN: 9780143173274
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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rb3221 Dec 19, 2016

My first Robinson novel with Inspector Banks, a good old fashioned policeman who respects people even though he dislikes working this case under "Dirty Dick" Burgess, his superior, who manages to antagonize almost everyone. Banks works hard to solve the case and is quite satisfied that he outmanoeuvres Burgess and in the end confronts him with his dirty tricks.
Overall a good read with a satisfying finish in this entertaining police procedural. A well constructed plot that rambles on occasion. I enjoyed the book and will move onto another novel featuring Banks. Recommended.

interesting read, compassionate depiction of social out casts and potential for police brutality before social media hampered unfettered abuse of power by bullies in the police force. Interesting depiction of Banks as he drifts from his marital commitment to Sandra.

Oct 21, 2014

Agreed with Dreamstime. To add, better than the prior 'A Dedicated Man', but not as good as the first 'Gallows View'.

Sep 23, 2014

A borderline cozy without much bite. Great heroes need great villains who are absent here. The description is way off, implying some intensity that never shows up. Instead it becomes a plodding tale with no heart-thumping page turning.

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