Dead Right by Peter Robinson

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Category: Crime
Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Sue Magee
Reviewed by Sue Magee
Summary: The ninth book in the Inspector Banks series looks at right-wing racist views and a white power organisation. Cleverly and carefully handled and very readable.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 304 Date: September 2001
Publisher: Pan
ISBN: 978-0330482172

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At first sight, the body of Jason Fox in a dirty alleyway had the look of a pub fight gone wrong but Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks soon realised that the truth was not going to be that straightforward. To begin with, there were Jason’s rather extreme views on race and the pleasure he took in expressing them. Then there was the problem that the firm where his parents thought he worked had parted company with him some time previously – and he certainly didn’t live where they thought he lived. Then there’s the Albion League. There’s no shortage of suspects.

It’s a book that really brings the city of Leeds to life – and not necessarily some of the parts which you’d want to be brought to life. The murky underbelly is uncovered along with some of the dubious political viewpoints which are always going to thrive in a town like Leeds with its large black population. The problem of white power organisations is not an easy one to handle, but Robinson does it well.

The Inspector Banks books might appear to be standalones but many do contain spoilers for earlier books in the series and it is best to read them in chronological order. I’ve read one or two out of sequence and found that I knew what was going to happen when I later returned to an earlier book. They’re good stories with clever plots and it’s a pity to spoil your enjoyment of any of them.

As always the book is well-written with a plot which keeps you guessing right up to the end. Robinson has a particular talent for dialogue which many other writers must envy. Be warned – if you start reading this series you’re going to find it very difficult to put down.

For more Leeds-based crime we can recommend Grief Encounters by Stuart Pawson and The Graveyard Position by Robert Barnard. We'll be Watching You by Eileen Robertson is light, but enjoyable.

Peter Robinson's Chief Inspector Alan Banks Novels in Chronological Order

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