A Necessary End

A Necessary End

An Inspector Banks Mystery

Book - 1992
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A peaceful demonstration in the normally quiet town of Eastvale ended with fifty arrests -- and the brutal stabbing death of a young constable. But Chief Inspector Alan Banks fears there is worse violence in the offing. For CID Superintendent Richard "Dirty Dick" Burgess has arrived from London to take charge of the investigation, fueled by professional outrage and volatile, long-simmering hatreds. Almost immediately, Burgess descends with vengeful fury upon the members of a sixties-style commune -- while Banks sifts through the rich Yorkshire soil around him, turning over the earthy, unsettling secrets of seemingly placid local lives. Crossing "Dirty Dick" could cost the Chief Inspector his career. But the killing of a flawed Eastvale policeman is not the only murder that needs to be solved here. And if Banks doesn't unmask the true assassin, his superior's misguided obsession might well result in further bloodshed.
Publisher: New York : Scribner ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, [1992], c1989.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780684193854
Characteristics: 317 pages ;,22 cm.


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Dec 19, 2016

My first Robinson novel with Inspector Banks, a good old fashioned policeman who respects people even though he dislikes working this case under "Dirty Dick" Burgess, his superior, who manages to antagonize almost everyone. Banks works hard to solve the case and is quite satisfied that he outmanoeuvres Burgess and in the end confronts him with his dirty tricks.
Overall a good read with a satisfying finish in this entertaining police procedural. A well constructed plot that rambles on occasion. I enjoyed the book and will move onto another novel featuring Banks. Recommended.

interesting read, compassionate depiction of social out casts and potential for police brutality before social media hampered unfettered abuse of power by bullies in the police force. Interesting depiction of Banks as he drifts from his marital commitment to Sandra.

Oct 21, 2014

Agreed with Dreamstime. To add, better than the prior 'A Dedicated Man', but not as good as the first 'Gallows View'.

Sep 23, 2014

A borderline cozy without much bite. Great heroes need great villains who are absent here. The description is way off, implying some intensity that never shows up. Instead it becomes a plodding tale with no heart-thumping page turning.

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