Many Rivers to Cross

Many Rivers to Cross

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A skinny young boy is found dead--his body carelessly stuffed into a wheelie bin. Detective Superintendent Alan Banks and his team are called to investigate. Who is the boy, and where did he come from? Was his body discarded, or left as a warning to someone? He looks Middle Eastern, but no one on the Eastvale Estate has seen him before. As the local press seize upon an illegal immigrant angle, and the national media cover the story of another stabbing, there is a less newsworthy death: a middle-aged heroin addict found dead of an overdose in another estate, scheduled for redevelopment. Banks finds the threads of each case seem to be connected to the other, and to the dark side of organized crime in Eastvale. Does another thread link to his friend Zelda, who is coming to terms with her own dark past? The truth may be more complex--or much simpler--than it seems...
Publisher: [Toronto] : McClelland & Stewart, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780771072802
Branch Call Number: ROBIN
Characteristics: 377 pages ; 24 cm.

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Tiger910
Jun 03, 2020

Another good Robinson book, with a moral message about migrants. Could have been titled
"Zelda's story", but actual title does embrace the more general subject of migration and another character from far away. Robinson always manages to make me think beyond the book and reflect on my own values and beliefs. If you are tired of the music references, just fast-read through those few sentences. A worthwhile read.

tomato Apr 23, 2020

Not the best Banks book, but pretty darn good.

sapl3 Apr 08, 2020

JOANNE'S MYSTERY PICKS

Robinson’s latest centers on the discovery of the body of a teenage boy, stuffed into a wheelie bin. A secondary story-line involves Zelda, Annie’s father’s partner, who is a victim of human trafficking. Banks comes across as arrogant, pompous, and acting as a lone wolf as he interviews suspects and reveals details of the cases to the very suspects that he’s investigating. His constant references to musical artists and obscure songs has now become tiresome and boring. The rest of his team are seldom present during this overly-long story. Banks and the other characters have no personality, no individuality, and are wooden and cold.

One would never be able to pick them out of a line-up, having no real sense of what they even look like.

Joanne gives Many Rivers to Cross 2 daggers out of 5!

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rodutting
Jan 12, 2020

I have read all the Peter Robinson books to date and I enjoyed the first twenty something Inspector Banks novels, but the last two or three are definitely tired. It is high time Mr Robinson retired Superintendent Banks and turned his considerable writing talent to something different. Please no more detailed descriptions of what he is eating and what music he is listening to. It's all so repetitive.

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christopherkay
Dec 06, 2019

What a disappointment...like yesterday’s cold porridge.

I’ve read all the Banks novels twice and this is the only one that is not good.

It really is two poorly written novels with little relation between the two.

I find it difficult to think Peter Robinson was prepared to publish such rubbish.

No stars!

Chris

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Matthew412
Oct 24, 2019

Just awful. Has this series been handed off to a ghost writer? The writing style feels like it has changed in the last two books. Regardless, this is the last Banks book that I plan to read.

debwalker Oct 19, 2019

Darker and darker.

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maipenrai
Oct 04, 2019

I have been reading the Inspector Banks mysteries for 25 years. I have bonded with Alan and his fellow detectives. I was a little disappointed that Annie did not play a major role in this edition. Mr. Robinson has great character development. I prefer outright murder mysteries to tales of organized crime and international trafficking. Still enjoyed the book and highly recommend the series!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

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