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Fiction Police Procedural

Many Rivers to Cross

by (author) Peter Robinson

McClelland & Stewart
Initial publish date
Oct 2020
Police Procedural, Traditional British, General
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    Publish Date
    Oct 2020
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Peter Robinson, "master of the police procedural" (Mail on Sunday), returns with the twenty-sixth instalment of the #1 bestselling Inspector Banks series.

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 . . .

About the author

Contributor Notes

PETER ROBINSON grew up in the United Kingdom, and now divides his time between Toronto, Ontario, and Richmond, Yorkshire. Many Rivers to Cross is the 26th book in the Inspector Alan Banks series. He has also written two collections of short stories, and three stand-alone novels, including the #1 bestseller Before the Poison, winner of the Arthur Ellis Award in Canada, Sweden's Golden Crowbar Award, and the 2013 Dilys Award given by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. Robinson's critically acclaimed crime novels have won numerous awards in Britain, the United States, Canada, and Europe, and are published in translation all over the world. Several Inspector Banks novels have been adapted for television by ITV and have appeared on PBS. Visit

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Peter Robinson and Many Rivers to Cross:
Many Rivers to Cross is a well-written and suspenseful crime novel that will be welcomed and read by Peter Robinson’s many fans, as well as newcomers to the crime series.” —Paul Davis, Washington Times

“The relationships and their complexities are skilfully crafted, and a new reader will have no issues finding their footing in this world… In Many Rivers to Cross, as in most of the Banks novels, Robinson manages to eat his cake and have it, too, delivering solid, comfortable reads rooted in a familiar but developing world, while keeping each instalment fresh. Twenty-six books in, it’s clear he’s doing a lot of things right.” —Robert J. Wiersema, Quill & Quire

"Tucked into the form and format of a police procedural crime novel is a portrait of suffering . . . that is terrible to endure and necessary, in Robinson’s veteran hands, to acknowledge. In familiar, plot-easy fashion, he makes awful real-world stuff unavoidably vivid and clear.” —Joan Barfoot, Postmedia News
Praise for Peter Robinson and Careless Love:

“Robinson is prolific, but with each book he manages to ring the changes.”The Guardian

Careless Love is the 25th Inspector Banks mystery from gifted author Peter Robinson…. As always, it’s superb.”—Winnipeg Free Press

“His novels track the changing nature of crime, taking on difficult subjects such as gangs of men who groom underage girls, and the new book tackles the contentious subject of widening inequality.”Sunday Times