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And now for something a bit different from the DCI Banks series from Peter!
Before you discovered DCI Banks, Dectective Arvo Hughes was on the case in this vintage standalone crime thriller from Peter Robinson.
Featuring a foreword by Michael Connelly, this suspenseful thriller is being republished under its new publisher.
Sarah Broughton has come a long way. She’s the star of a hit cop show on TV. She lives in a beautiful California beach house. And—most importantly—she’s put her dark past behind her… as well as her old name, Sally Bolton. No need for anyone to know about that.
When Sarah begins receiving letters mysteriously signed with the letter “M,” she thinks they’re from a harmless admirer… until her real name appears in the third letter. And then she finds that name inscribed in the sand near her home – next to a body.
The message is clear: Someone is watching Sarah’s every move. Someone so obsessed with her that he won’t stop at just one murder in order to prove his love.
Panicked, Sarah turns to Detective Arvo Hughes of the LAPD, a man who specializes in hunting down the most dangerous stalkers. But nothing in Hughes’ experience has prepared him for the mastermind he’s up against. For the killer, there’s no cure for love. And for Sarah and Hughes, there’s no way out.
i ADORE the DCI Banks books, so I really thought I would adore this book. Unfortunately Sarah just wasn't a character that was likable to me. Arvo was better. BUT, and they key here is that the book just didn't really grab me and keep me rapidly turning pages like Peter's books normally do. It's not that it's a bad book, just not the caliper of his other works. At the time the book came out originally in 2003, it fit well into the genre out at the time. But since then, mystery and police procedurals have evolved so much, that this story seems a bit dated. It's not bad, just not what I expected. I wouldn't mind seeing Arvo updated a bit, character wise, in a new novel. But if you adore Peter's book, you might want to check this one out.
About the Author:
Among Peter Robinson’s award-winning Inspector Banks novels, there are titles which have been named "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. Robinson was born and brought up in Yorkshire, England, and now divides his time between North America and the UK. Check out his website, and Facebook pages for more.