The Alan Banks mystery suspense novels are, simply put, the best series on the market Stephen King A terrific contemporary crime novel Independent on Sunday Further enhances Alan Banks reputation as one of crime fiction s most appealing cops The Times Classic Robinson labyrinthine plot merged with deft characterisation Observer Banks is one of the most fully drawn figures in this genre of fiction New York Times Peter Robinson has for too long, and unfairly, been in the shadow of Ian Rankinhe deserves a place , near, perhaps even at the top of, the British crime writers leaguePIECE OF MY HEART brilliantly interweaves past and present, providing two strands of tension for the price of one, and further enhancing Alan Banks s reputation as one of crime fiction s most appealing cops The Times PIECE OF MY HEART brilliantly evokes the time of British psychedelia which I remember as standing in a muddy field sucking on a weak joint , as well as being a terrific contemporary crime novel Independent on Sunday This book must be the bargain of the year, for it is two riveting, equally interesting crime novels in one What takes it into the premier league, however, is Robinson s utterly convincing and moving portrayal of Chadwick and Banks Telegraph Robinson has to use all his ingenuity to find the solution to both killings This book benefits hugely from Robinson s sympathetic leading man and the richly recorded Dales settings Scotsman The Alan Banks mystery suspense novels are, simply put, the best series on the market Try one and tell me I m wrong Stephen KingEach time you think you re a step ahead of the author, Robinson jumps in with a jaw dropping twist