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All the Colours of Darkness: DCI Banks 18

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I'm not convinced it's his best necessarily, and perhaps it sometimes promises more than it actually delivers. But as similarities between the two cases grow, could it be that Jack caught the wrong man all those years ago? The story opens with the apparently accidental drowning of a sixth form student in the Norfolk countryside. It seems like a simple and tragic case of suicide but it turns out to be far from simple when the man's lover is also found dead, apparently murdered at home. In almost every instance you could, and in my eyes should, genericise the proper noun, without altering the meaning.

Finally, I found the conclusion of the book to be implausible on the surface and to be more than a little disappointing. This year Banks is incredibly listening to Cat Power and Mazzy Star - which I find refreshing (but unlikely). Into Keldale's pastoral web of old houses and older secrets comes Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton. It's the year 1986, and The Universal Transmitting Company, after several false starts, is finally having the grand opening of its teleporter business.For another police procedural novel with a Yorkshire setting you might enjoy Grief Encounters by Stuart Pawson or A Fall from Grace by Robert Barnard. DCI Banks has a new lady friend named Sophia, one who is considerably younger, and he is spending all his time in London with her. There are some of the most stunning landscapes in the country and possibly in Europe but it's not far from the towns and cities where the rich live almost cheek by jowl with those less fortunate – the high-walled house not too far from the high-rise council estates.

Get three absolutely gripping crime thrillers set on the UK's atmospheric north Norfolk coast from number one best-selling British author J M Dalgliesh in this great value collection. The first three full-length books in this best-selling series are brought together for the first time in this great value set. Mark Hardcastle, theatre set designer, appears to have committed suicide after killing his lover Laurence Silbert.

Rescued from her dark past by the owner of a drop-in centre for older men, Liz soon finds herself as the charity's face - and the unwilling darling of the Dublin media. If you've read any SF books or watched any SF on TV you probably won't be surprised to hear that the aliens represent the innumerable space faring races that populate the universe and they are trying to stop mankind from developing teleportation because humans are too violent, ambitious and intolerant.

It also means that reading his books and meeting a familar character becomes like catching up with an old friend. I can recommend this book to anyone who likes a good police procedural of the British flavor, oops, make that flavour.

I also like the cover of my copy, it is strange and unusual, and the little guy is adorable (and resembles the aliens in the book not at all. Much confusion in the ranks as the shadowy world of spies seems to have no relation to the real world. I look forward to the next book in the series and highly recommend this series to those who love police procedurals.

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