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Fire—It consumes futures and pasts in a terrified heartbeat, devouring damning secrets while leaving even greater mysteries in the ashes.
The night sky is ablaze as flames engulf two barges moored side by side on an otherwise empty canal. On board are the blackened remains of two human beings. To the seasoned eye, this horror was no accident, the method so cruel and calculated that only the worst sort of fiend could have committed it. There are shocking secrets to be uncovered in the charred wreckage, grim evidence of lethal greed and twisted hunger, and of nightmare occurrences within the private confines of family. A terrible feeling is driving police inspector Alan Banks in his desperate hunt for answers—an unshakable fear that this killer's work will not be done until Banks's own world is burned to the ground.
About the Author
Peter Robinson's award-winning novels have been named a Best-Book-of-the-Year by Publishers Weekly, a Notable Book by the New York Times, and a Page-Turner-of-the-Week by People magazine. Robinson was born and raised in Yorkshire, but has lived in North America for more than twenty-five years. He now divides his time between North America and the U.K.
Praise for Playing with Fire…
“So vivid that even those who aren’t usually fans of procedural thrillers will fill their fingers burning.” -People (Critic's Choice)
“[Robinson’s] talents...account for both the quickness of mind that makes Banks such a keen protagonist.” -New York Times Book Review
“Kept us up past our bedtime.” -Boston Globe
“Robinson is not just a master storyteller, he’s a literary magician.” -Montreal Gazette
“Crime fiction at its best.” -Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
“Smooth as single malt.” -Washington Post
“A taut pleasure.” -Daily News
“A tale that’s both satisfyingly traditional in one regard, and thoroughly up-to-date in its setting and psychological insight.” -Orlando Sentinel
“Robinson is on a winning streak.” -Tampa Tribune
“[PLAYING WITH FIRE] has a loud ring of truth and a good deal of suspense.” -Chicago Tribune
“Robinson has won just about every mystery award there is….His latest shows why.” -Booklist (starred review)
“An engaging pleasure…like red wine, [Banks] gets better and more interesting with age.” -Publishers Weekly
The novels of Peter Robinson are: “Deeply nuanced works of art.” -Dennis Lehane
“The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are, simply put, the best series now on the market.” -Stephen King
“Stunningly complex and intricately plotted....Peter Robinson fools and entertains me with every twist.” -Nevada Barr
“Complex and intelligent.” -London Sunday Times
“Exquisitely complex and atmospheric.” -Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Taut, carefully thought out…with plots that are refreshingly cliché-free.” -Time Out London
“Cunning…authentic and atmospheric.” -The Independent (London)
“Different and intriguing.” -Sunday Telegraph
Peter Robinson is:“A gifted creator of fully fleshed and vividly present characters.” -Boston Globe
“A happy discovery.” -Lady Antonia Fraser in the London Sunday Times
“A skillful writer…” -Houston Chronicle
“Absorbing…Robinson continues to stretch the boundaries of the standard procedural.” -Orlando Sentinel
“Robinson actually seems to grow in front of our eyes, delivering books of greater complexity each time.” -Otto Penzler
“Splendid.” -San Diego Union-Tribune
“The equal of legends in the genre such as P.D. James and Ruth Rendell.” -St. Louis Post-Dispatch