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Because the case may involve police corruption, an officer from Professional Standards, Inspector Joanna Passero, has arrived to work with Banks and his team. Though he tries to keep an open mind and offer his full cooperation, the dedicated Banks and his practical investigative style clash with Joanna’s cool demeanor and by-the-book professionalism. All too soon, the seasoned detective finds himself under uncomfortable scrutiny, his methods second-guessed.
As Banks digs deeper into the life and career of the victim, a decorated cop and recent widower named Bill Quinn, he comes to believe that Quinn’s murder may be linked to an unsolved missing persons case. Six years ago, a pretty 19-year-old English girl named Rachel Hewitt made national headlines when she disappeared without a trace in Tallinn, Estonia. Convinced that finding the truth about Rachel will lead to Quinn’s killer, Banks follows a twisting trail of clues that lead from England to the dark, cobbled alleys of Tallinn’s Old Town. But the closer he seems to solving the complicated cold case, the more it becomes clear that someone doesn’t want the past stirred up.
While Banks prowls the streets of Tallinn, DI Annie Cabbot, recovered from her near fatal shooting and back at the station in Eastvale, is investigating a migrant labor scam involving corrupt bureaucrats and a loan shark who feeds on the poor. As evidence in each investigation mounts, Banks realizes the two are linked - and that solving them may put even more lives in jeopardy, including his own.
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By Chalis on 05-31-17
Procedural With Depth
The mysteries I enjoy most are those with an intricate plot, an absence of graphic violence, and character development. This book has all these elements.
Simon Prebble is one of the best narrators I've heard. He adds much to the story without doing anything distracting.
I enjoy "police procedurals" and this author is one of the best at the genre.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Lynn on 02-20-13
Banks, Annie and Simon Prebble All In Top Form
Could not stop listening to this and almost stayed up all night. I've been a dedicated fan of Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series from the beginning. About three books back, I sensed that perhaps Robinson (and Banks) were losing their way a bit. I am glad to see that in this book Robinson returns to tight plotting, great detective work and perserverence separately by Banks and Annie, interesting secondary characters, fascinating locations, contemporary and believable crimes, nasty as well as conflicted villains, and wonderful, chilling location vignettes. Add to this the always superb Simon Prebble as narrator and it's hard not to overdo the superlatives.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful