Aftermath

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
In the early hours of a sweet May morning, two Yorkshire police officers investigating a “domestic” stumble upon the very worst of crimes – the sexual torture and murder of a young teenage girl. Moments later, one of the officers is felled by a machete blow, and his rookie, female partner takes out her disgust and fury on the murderer, battering him to death. This is the intensely dramatic, wrenching beginning to the twelfth in Peter Robinson’s award-winning and internationally bestselling Inspector Banks series.

The task of investigating Probationary PC Janet Taylor’s actions falls to DI Annie Cabbot, Banks’s lover. This complication to his love life unsettles Banks, but he keeps his mind on his job, one that becomes immeasurably more difficult when the bodies of other teenage girls are found buried in the torturer’s garden. Who are these girls? Why weren’t they all reported missing? These are difficult questions, yet the central question Banks has to answer is how much did the murderer’s wife know? Was she, too, the victim of a sick and twisted man, as she claims, or was she an accomplice?

This compelling story is at its heart a deeply sensitive, astute, and ultimately unforgettable exploration of the nature and long-lasting effects of crime and of victimhood. Its intelligence, honesty, and moments of grace lift Aftermath out of the confines of genre fiction and place it in the first rank of novels on crime.


From the Hardcover edition.

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Maggie Forrest wasn’t sleeping well, so it didn’t surprise her when the voices woke her shortly before four o’clock one morning in early May, even though she had made sure before she went to bed that all the windows in the house were shut fast.

If it hadn’t been the voices, it would have been...
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PRAISE FOR

"The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are, simply put, the best series now on the market. In fact, this may be the best series of British novels since the novels of Patrick O'Brian. Try one and tell me I'm wrong."
–Stephen King

“If you love mysteries and absolutely superb writing, Aftermath is a must read.”
Calgary Herald

“British crime fiction needs a new leader. Peter Robinson may well be the new top gun.”
San Antonio Express-News

“Robinson should find a large audience for this gripping, psychologically astute tale.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Robinson says he likes to take risks with his books, not follow formula. He’s right on both counts in Aftermath – the risks are horrifying, the lack of formula magnificent. Don’t wait for the movie.”
Ottawa Citizen

“Dark and powerful.”
Toronto Sun

“As readable as crime fiction gets.”
Toronto Star

“If there were an Order-of-Canada-style process for naming detective thriller writers to Ian Rankin- or Michael Connelly-like status, I would nominate Peter Robinson.…Aftermath is as good a police thriller as I’ve read since…well, since Robinson’s Cold is the Grave.”
Globe and Mail

Praise for Peter Robinson:


“Mystery-mongering at once as sensitive and grandly scaled as P.D. James.”
Kirkus (starred review)

“This is crime-fiction writing at its best.”
Globe and Mail

“Robinson’s work stands out for its psychological and moral complexity, its startling evocation of pastoral England and its gritty, compassionate portrayal of modern sleuthing.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)


From the Hardcover edition.