Peter Robinson's celebrated series featuring Detective Chief Inspector Alan
Banks and his colleague, Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot, investigate
the murder of a police officer in "Watching the Dark."
(William Morrow, 354 pages)
On the grounds of a convalescent home for members of the police force,
a man is found shot with a crossbow. The unusual murder is investigated by DCI Alan Banks and DI Annie Cabbot who is still recovering from wounds in the line of duty.
But because the victim was a policeman, the matter attracts the attention of Inspector Joanna Passero from Professional Standards - the British equivalent of Internal Affairs.
Rumors that the dead man, Bill Quinn, was on the take seem to be confirmed when Banks finds compromising pictures of Quinn with a young girl.
While Banks does not dismiss the possibility of police corruption, he suspects the murder of Bill Quinn is rooted in an old case he had investigated - the disappearance of Rachel Hewitt, a young British woman who vanished in Estonia while on a pre-wedding party with a group of girlfriends.
An Estonian journalist investigating human trafficking is found murdered on an abandoned farm in the dales and Banks and his team find a connection between the two victims.
The detective and Inspector Passero travel to Estonia to look into the death of the young journalist. But as a father who almost lost his own daughter, Alan Banks vows to find out what happened to young Rachel Hewitt.
He is not surprised to discover that police corruption is truly universal and what happens in one member of the European Union can easily transcend borders.
There is an especially chilling description of Estonia's Soviet era Patarei prison.
For those who love British crime stories, Peter Robinson's "bad boy" sleuth, DCI Alan Banks, is a hit.