Piece of My Heart is Peter Robinson’s outstanding sixteenth novel in the acclaimed Inspector Banks series. Richly textured with the music and conflicting mores of 1960s Britain, the story weaves between two eras as it explores just how dangerously things can go awry when one generation is estranged from the next, when fathers no longer understand their daughters.
The novel opens in 1969. Yorkshire’s first outdoor rock festival has just finished, and the psychedelic pastoral band the Mad Hatters and other top British groups have departed. Even the last of their fans has gone, leaving behind only a muddy field, littered with rubbish. Volunteers are cleaning up when one of them finds the body of a young woman inside a sleeping bag.
Stanley Chadwick, the straitlaced detective called in to find her killer, could not have less in common with — or less regard for — the people he now has to question: young, disrespectful, long-haired hippies who smoke marijuana and live by the pulsing beats of rock and roll. And he has almost just as little in common with his own daughter, who lied to him about her whereabouts and slipped off to the festival.
More than thirty-five years later, Inspector Alan Banks is investigating the murder of a freelance music journalist who was working on a feature about the Mad Hatters for Mojo magazine. This is not the first time that the Mad Hatters, now aging rock superstars, have been brushed by tragedy, and Banks has to delve into the past to find out exactly what hornet’s nest the journalist inadvertently stirred up.
This eagerly awaited novel showcases the many reasons why Peter Robinson is among the small elite of authors internationally whose mysteries are nothing less than works of art.
From the Hardcover edition.
Peter Robinson is the author of sixteen Inspector Banks novels, the previous book, Strange Affair, was chosen as one the best books of 2005 by the Globe and Mail, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and January Magazine, and of two non-series suspense novels, Caedmon’s Song and No Cure for Love. Strange Affair has also been shortlisted for the LA Times Book Award for best crime fiction novel. He has also published a collection of short stories called Not Safe After Dark. His novels have been translated into over sixteen languages, and he has won a number of international awards, including the MWA Edgar, the CWA Dagger in the Library, the Martin Beck Award, from Sweden, the Danish Palle Rosenkrantz Award, and the French Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. He has also won five Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Awards.
“Piece of My Heart is rather brilliant.”
— Mo Hayder, Globe and Mail
“What is more satisfying than one solid Robinson mystery? Two solid mysteries, expertly entwined, offering twice the usual pleasure.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Robinson at his best. . . . a killer of a book.”
— Hamilton Spectator
“Among the best books in the crime fiction genre. It is, indeed, the sort of crime novel that transcends its genre.” — Calgary Herald
“Remarkable series . . . Robinson expertly brings his little postage stamp of native soil to life . . . Chief Inspector Banks remains a flawed but decent man, the type of person encountered in real life commonly enough but rarely seen in fiction. He’s good company.”
— New York Times
“First rate . . . an addictive crime series . . . bet you can’t read just one.”
— New York Times
“Peter Robinson takes the straightforward police procedural and transforms it into something approaching art.”
— Calgary Herald
Praise for Strange Affair:
“Moody, atmospheric, exciting and deftly plotted. Another explosive read from Robinson.”
— Hamilton Spectator
“Magical storytelling. What [Peter Robinson] produces here is extraordinary.”
— Ottawa Citizen
“Peter Robinson builds a mean mystery.”
— Montreal Gazette
“The best Banks book in years.”
— Winnipeg Sun