Gallows View : DCI Banks Mysteries

  • by Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by Mark Honan
  • Series: DCI Banks Mysteries
  • 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Former London policeman Alan Banks relocated to Yorkshire seeking some small measure of peace. But depravity and violence are unfortunately not unique to large cities. His new venue, the quaint little village of Eastvale, seems to have more than its fair share of malefactors---among them a brazen Peeping Tom who hides in night's shadows spying on attractive, unsuspecting ladies as they prepare for bed.When an elderly woman is found brutally slain in her home, Chief Inspector Banks wonders if the voyeur has increased the awful intensity of his criminal activities. But whether related or not, perverse local acts and murderous ones are combining to profoundly touch Banks's suddenly vulnerable personal life, forcing a dedicated law officer to make hard choices he'd dearly hoped would never be necessary.


What the Critics Say

"An extremely well-fashioned police procedural." (The New York Times Book Review)


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Always on the lookout for a writer who can really grab my attention. Watched some of the DCI Banks episodes on Public Television so thought I would try one of the books. Of course it makes sense to start with the first one, even though one must also be prepared for the possibility that the writer has not quite got into his stride. Actually, while Robinson's dialog for the most part creaks and he seems to be a little overenthusiastic in describing the bits where people take their clothes off, there is no doubt he has a way with words. This comes out especially in his descriptions of the surrounding countryside, which verge on the poetic. And while the sub-plots are not sophisticated, nor are they deficient to the point of interfering with one's overall enjoyment. So that doesn't sound so bad.
Well, it is. Because the reading is frankly horrendous. It's not just that Mr. Honan has some difficulties handling the considerable number of regional accents involved, and he does have some difficulties - I don't think I heard anything that passed for genuine Yorkshire in the whole book (watch the Herriot stories on Public Television and you'll get the idea). It is the consistent over emphasis that appears to imbue every action, every event, every line of dialog, every descriptive pasage with a sense of critical importance, not unlike television news reporters who seem to think no-one will listen to them unless they shout. Now it is not clear as to whether Mr. Honan's delivery is his own idea or whether he is being directed. No matter which, it effectively destroys the story, hence my low rating. What Mr. Honan fails to appreciate, even though it is stated explicitly at least twice, is that our hero has come up to Yorkshire expecting a quiet, mondane life. The author provides a quiet small Yorkshire town with a market place and people going about their unexciting lives as a backdrop against which the unaccustomed criminal activity should stand out in sharp relief. Mr. Honan takes the entire book, no matter what is happening, like the Ride of the Valkyries. How much nuance I have lost as a result I cannot say. After a while I was punch-drunk, though I saw it through to the end. Fortunately I note that the remaining Banks books are read by James Langton and Simon Prebble. Prebble I know from the Dick Francis books and am thoroughly at home with. Langton has read around 130 books and must be doing something right. Either one will surely be a relief from Mr. Honan's non-stop histrionics.
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- christopher

Love the book, but the not the performance

DCI Banks is a great character. I am always disturbed by the fact that his physical description does not at all fit the actor who portrayed him in the BBC versions, but nonetheless, he is an engaging character whose personal and inner life provide a good counterpoint to the stories of crime and detection. I found the narrator's super deep voice not the best choice for Banks, and he does not do well on reading many of the other characters, especially the female ones. I found these issues detracted from the overall impression, but still I enjoyed listening to the book.
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- Janet H. Maddox

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-03-2009
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio