Peter Robinson

Successful crime writer and creator of the Inspector Banks series of novels...

Peter Robinson

Biography

Date of birth: March 17 1950

Peter Robinson was originally from the North East of England, but by the time he wrote Gallows View he was living in Canada. He admits that nostalgia for home was partly what motivated him to write about the area in the first place, and now he has a flat in Richmond, Yorkshire, to allow him to spend more time there.

After completing a MA in English and Creative Writing, and a PhD in English, he wrote Gallows View which was nominated for English and Canadian awards, as were several of his subsequent books. He has won Canadian, British, French and Swedish awards for his writing and been translated into 15 languages, but he says praise from his peers means more to him and he is proud to count Stephen King ("This may be the best series of British novels since the works of Patrick O'Brian") and Dennis Lehane ("Chilling, evocative, deeply nuanced works of art") among his fans.

Peter Robinson's breakthrough book, in the UK, was the comparatively recent Banks novel Aftermath (2002), which means that there is an extensive backlist for new readers to explore (Inspector Banks made his debut in 1987).Unlike some other detectives, Inspector Banks is not immune to the passage of time and changing trends and technologies give the books a nice authenticity - going back to Gallows View now is a little like opening a time capsule.

Book and writing awards

Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story (1990)(Innocence); Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel (1991) (Past Reason Hated) Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel (1996) (Innocent Graves ); Anthony Award for Best Novel (1999) (In a Dry Season); Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel (2000) (Cold is the Grave); Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policière (France)(2001) (In a Dry Season); Martin Beck Award (Sweden)(2002) (In a Dry Season); CWA Dagger in The Library Award (2002).

Similar authors

Ian Rankin, Stephen Booth, Mark Billingham .

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Abattoir Blues

Abattoir Blues

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BANKS IS BACK - AND THE HUNT IS ON. When two boys vanish under mysterious circumstances, the local community is filled with unease. Then a bloodstain is discovered in a disused World War Two hangar nearby, and a caravan belonging to one of the...
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Friend of the Devil: The 17th DCI Banks Mystery

Friend of the Devil: The 17th DCI Banks Mystery (Paperback)

by Peter Robinson

Format: Paperback 528 pages
Published: 03/04/2008
Publisher: Hodder Paperback

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When Karen Drew is found sitting in her wheelchair staring out to sea with her throat cut one chilly morning, DI Annie Cabbot, on loan to Eastern... Read more


Aftermath - The Inspector Banks Series 12

Aftermath - The Inspector Banks Series 12 (Paperback)

by Peter Robinson

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 07/09/2002
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The number 35, the Hill is an ordinary house in an ordinary street. But it is about to become infamous. When two police constables are sent to the... Read more

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Innocent Graves - The Inspector Banks Series 8

Innocent Graves - The Inspector Banks Series 8 (Paperback)

by Peter Robinson

Format: Paperback 304 pages
Published: 07/09/2001
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'If you haven't caught up with Peter Robinson already, now is the time to start.' - "Independent Sunday". One foggy night,... Read more

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Watching the Dark: The 20th Dci Banks Mystery

Watching the Dark: The 20th Dci Banks Mystery (Paperback)

by Peter Robinson

Format: Paperback 432 pages
Published: 17/01/2013
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Banks is back - and this time he's investigating the murder of one of his own. Detective Inspector Bill Quinn is killed by a crossbow in the... Read more

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Past Reason Hated - The Inspector Banks Series 5

Past Reason Hated - The Inspector Banks Series 5 (Paperback)

by Peter Robinson

Format: Paperback 416 pages
Published: 01/08/2013
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It should have been a cosy scene - log fire, sheepskin rug, Vivaldi on the stereo, Christmas lights and tree. But appearances can be deceptive. For... Read more

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Bad Boy: The 19th DCI Banks Mystery

Bad Boy: The 19th DCI Banks Mystery (Paperback)

by Peter Robinson

Format: Paperback 448 pages
Published: 28/04/2011
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Banks isn't back, and that's the problem. If DCI Alan Banks had been in his office when his old neighbour came calling, perhaps it would... Read more

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A Dedicated Man - The Inspector Banks Series 2

A Dedicated Man - The Inspector Banks Series 2 (Paperback)

by Peter Robinson

Format: Paperback 464 pages
Published: 14/02/2013
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Near the village of Helmthorpe, Swainsdale, the body of a well-liked local historian is found half-buried under a drystone wall. Harry Steadman has... Read more

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Gallows View - The Inspector Banks Series 1

Gallows View - The Inspector Banks Series 1 (Paperback)

by Peter Robinson

Format: Paperback 320 pages
Published: 14/02/2013
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Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks has recently moved to the Yorkshire Dales from London to escape the stress of the metropolis. But he soon finds... Read more

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A Necessary End - The Inspector Banks Series 3

A Necessary End - The Inspector Banks Series 3 (Paperback)

by Peter Robinson

Format: Paperback 464 pages
Published: 14/02/2013
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In the usually peaceful town of Eastvale, a simmering tension has now reached breaking point. An anti-nuclear demonstration has ended in violence,... Read more

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The Hanging Valley - The Inspector Banks Series 4

The Hanging Valley - The Inspector Banks Series 4 (Paperback)

by Peter Robinson

Format: Paperback 336 pages
Published: 01/08/2013
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A faceless corpse is discovered in a tranquil, hidden valley below the village of Swainshead. And when Chief Inspector Alan Banks arrives, he finds... Read more

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Wednesday's Child - The Inspector Banks Series 6

Wednesday's Child - The Inspector Banks Series 6 (Paperback)

by Peter Robinson

Format: Paperback 368 pages
Published: 01/08/2013
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When two social workers, investigating reports of child abuse, appear at Brenda Scupham's door, her fear of authority leads her to comply meekly... Read more

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Dry Bones That Dream - The Inspector Banks Series 7

Dry Bones That Dream - The Inspector Banks Series 7 (Paperback)

by Peter Robinson

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 04/05/2001
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It was 2.47am when Chief Inspector Alan Banks arrived at the barn and saw the body of Keith Rothwell for the first time. Only hours earlier two... Read more

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Dead Right - The Inspector Banks Series 9

Dead Right - The Inspector Banks Series 9 (Paperback)

by Peter Robinson

Format: Paperback 304 pages
Published: 07/09/2001
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'Robinson is definitely one to watch' - "Independent on Sunday". 'Every page here is readable and compelling' -... Read more


In a Dry Season - The Inspector Banks Series 10

In a Dry Season - The Inspector Banks Series 10 (Paperback)

by Peter Robinson

Format: Paperback 464 pages
Published: 12/01/2001
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During a blistering summer, drought has depleted Thornfield Reservoir, uncovering the remains of a small village called Hobb's End - hidden from... Read more

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Cold is the Grave: An Inspector Banks Mystery - The Inspector Banks Series 11

Cold is the Grave: An Inspector Banks Mystery - The Inspector Banks Series 11 (Paperback)

by Peter Robinson

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 25/08/2001
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'A writer at the very height of his powers' - Ian Rankin. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks has reached a turning point. With his wife... Read more

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The Summer That Never Was: An Inspector Banks Novel - The Inspector Banks Series 13

The Summer That Never Was: An Inspector Banks Novel - The Inspector Banks Series 13 (Paperback)

by Peter Robinson

Format: Paperback 512 pages
Published: 05/09/2003
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A skeleton has been unearthed. Soon the body is identified, and the horrific discovery hits the headlines ...Fourteen-year-old Graham Marshall went... Read more

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DCI Banks: Playing with Fire - The Inspector Banks Series 14

DCI Banks: Playing with Fire - The Inspector Banks Series 14 (Paperback)

by Peter Robinson

Format: Paperback 420 pages
Published: 19/08/2011
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This is a new edition of Robinson's acclaimed novel, coinciding with a major new ITV adaptation. In the early hours of a cold January morning,... Read more

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Strange Affair: An Inspector Banks Mystery - The Inspector Banks Series 15 (Paperback)

by Peter Robinson

Format: Paperback 464 pages
Published: 03/06/2005
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When Alan Banks receives a disturbing message from his brother, Roy, he abandons the peaceful Yorkshire Dales for the bright lights of London, to... Read more

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All the Colours of Darkness: The 18th DCI Banks Mystery

All the Colours of Darkness: The 18th DCI Banks Mystery (Paperback)

by Peter Robinson

Format: Paperback 528 pages
Published: 05/02/2009
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A beautiful June day in the Yorkshire Dales, and a group of children are spending the last of their half-term freedom swimming in the river near... Read more

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Before the Poison

Before the Poison (Paperback)

by Peter Robinson

Format: Paperback 448 pages
Published: 02/02/2012
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The Number One bestseller, nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award by the Crime Writers of Canada. After years of Hollywood success composer Chris... Read more

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