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The style & technique of PETER ROBINSON

Tony Rossiter looks at a writer whose Yorkshire roots are at the heart of his crime novels


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If you’re on the other side of the Atlantic and you feel homesick, what can you do about it? For Peter Robinson, the answer was simple: write a crime novel set in the Yorkshire Dales.

His resolve spawned a series that has grown to 24 bestselling novels featuring Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks (the 25th, Careless Love, comes out on 12 July). He has also written two collections of short stories and three standalone novels. The DCI Banks stories are police procedurals with a difference – noted for their deft characterisation, plots that force you to keep turning the pages, and convincing depiction of the Yorkshire Dales. The authentic ambience of the Dales is maintained and kept up to the minute by the time that Robinson, who lives mainly in Toronto, spends in Richmond, North Yorkshire.

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