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The year is 1969. Rock 'n' roll, psychedelic drugs, and peace-loving hippies are thriving in Britain. But in the aftermath of a rock music festival, cold reality strikes when a woman is found murdered in her sleeping bag, callously left among the debris in the concert's wake. Detective Inspector Stanley Chadwick is the hard-headed, straitlaced copper assigned to the case who must reluctantly enter a counterculture world to find a killer. When clues lead him to an up-and-coming rock band, the Mad Hatters, with whom the victim was connected, Chadwick experiences firsthand the dangers of this dark new world of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.

In the present day, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is called to the scene of a murder victim who turns out to be a freelance journalist working on a piece for MOJO magazine about the classic rock band the Mad Hatters. Since the sixties, the band has gone through a number of tragedies, losing one member to madness and another to the shallow end of a swimming pool. Putting their checkered past behind them, the Mad Hatters have now revamped their sound and are set to celebrate their forty years in the biz by embarking on their first big concert tour in years.

Banks and Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot discover that the dead journalist was onto something big hidden in the band's past, and had stirred up some very serious trouble. As Banks and Annie dig deeper into the phenomenon of the Mad Hatters, they find more than they bargained for, and soon realize that their generation's former free-love lifestyle often comes with a deadly price.

In the course of twin narratives, Robinson expertly weaves the stories of two interconnected murders that occur decades apart. As only he can, Robinson has created a novel that is as explosive as your favorite rock album and a plot that moves at breakneck speed, traversing through the tumultuous swinging sixties to present day and back again. Piece of My Heart is an extraordinary thrill ride that uncovers the gritty and violent underbelly of the generation of peace, love, and harmony.

Review:

"Det. Insp. Alan Banks investigates the apparently motiveless murder of Nicholas Barber, a rock journalist from London visiting a small town near Banks's Yorkshire police precinct, in Robinson's less-than-stellar 14th novel to feature the Yorkshire police detective. Meanwhile, another mystery unfolds in a parallel narrative, the fatal stabbing of a young woman at a local rock festival back in 1969. Needless to say, the cases are intertwined — as Banks puts it, 'the past is never over' — and part of the pleasure is trying to piece together the links. Unfortunately, Robinson takes too long to connect the two stories, and the earlier thread suffers from the lack of Banks's engaging presence (though it does capture, with great fidelity, that odd mixture of self-absorption and idealism of the late 1960s and the whole hippie/rock music scene). As always, the author's prose is clear, observant and intelligent, but the story itself is not nearly as compelling as 2005's Strange Affair. 6-city author tour. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"John Harvey and Peter Robinson are two of today's better British crime novelists, and their work is in some ways similar. Each has written more than 15 novels and won more than his share of prizes and acclaim. Each writes about a formidable detective inspector — Harvey's Frank Elder and Robinson's Alan Banks — who operates outside London: Nottingham and Leeds, in these stories. Each man enjoys a... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"First rate...an addictive crime series...bet you can't read just one." New York Times

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"The unsavory and unromantic side of the hippie culture is woven into both investigations, as indiscriminate drug use and 'free love' wreak havoc on the lives of several characters. Recommended." Library Journal

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"What is more satisfying than one solid Robinson mystery? Two solid Robinson mysteries, expertly entwined, offering twice the usual pleasures." Kirkus Reviews

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"While not a lot appears to happen on the surface...Robinson maintains a quiet tension from first page to last, one that makes it almost impossible to stop reading." BookReporter.com

Review:

"Robinson's 16th novel hits a perfect chord....[A] thoughtful, intense novel that mixes a gripping plot with intense character studies....Robinson continues to keep his plots and character fresh." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Review:

"The best series now on the market." Stephen King

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"Wonderful...multi-layered mystery." Michael Connelly

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"Prepare for a crash course in taut, clean writing and subtle psychology." Ian Rankin

Synopsis:

The sins of the past come back with a vengeance in this complex, multilayered thriller which finds Detective Inspector Alan Banks investigating the case of a murdered freelance music journalist, a case which will take him back through more than 30 years into an old murder that may be chillingly connected.

About the Author

One of the top writers of crime fiction in the world, Peter Robinson is the author of fifteen previous Inspector Banks novels, all of them published to international acclaim from both reviewers and readers. Robinson was born in Yorkshire, England, and immigrated to Canada in the early 1970s. Today he lives in Toronto.

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Sheila, June 17, 2006 (view all comments by Sheila)
Two separate murder investigations decades apart with only the most (seemingly) tenuous of threads connecting the two -- has Peter Robinson bitten off more than he can chew with this latest DCI Banks mystery novel? I don't think so (and I'm not just being a loyal fan here), in dpite of some rather lukewarm praise that PIECE OF MY HEART has garnered. Of course it is true that the book did take a while to take off and become totally engaging; ultimately, however the book did prove to be a very absorbing, satisfying and fascinating read. PIECE OF MY HEART involves two very different murder inquiries -- one taking place in 1969 where a young girl is found brutally murdered at a rock 'n' roll concert in Yorkshire, and one taking place decades later, in the present where a music journalist is found murdered in his holiday cottage. The two murders investigations are conducted separately, with DCI Banks and his team unaware of the connection (although the reader is) until about two-thirds through the book. And this, for mystery readers used to a more fast paced and straightforward unfolding of events, can be the source of some frustration. And truth to tell, it did take far longer than usual for me to finish PIECE OF MY HEART. But what I found myself appreciating and becoming increasingly fascinated with was the manner in which Peter Robinson juxtaposed these two very different murder investigations, highlighting the different ways in which the two inquiries were carried out and the different personalities involved. And while it does take a while for the suspense to build and give one that breathless, heady feeling, the author has, as usual, done a rather brilliant job of evoking the atmosphere and tone of the two time periods involved. All in all, PIECE OF MY HEART proved to be a very satisfying and pleasurable read: the pacing was spot on, the language finely nuanced, and the storyline intriguing. And I think that PIECE OF MY HEART richly deserves its star rating.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060544355
Subtitle:
A Novel of Suspense
Author:
Robinson, Peter
Publisher:
William Morrow
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
England
Subject:
Rock groups
Subject:
Suspense
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Inspector Banks Novels
Series Volume:
16
Publication Date:
20060530
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.13 in 21.2 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Det. Insp. Alan Banks investigates the apparently motiveless murder of Nicholas Barber, a rock journalist from London visiting a small town near Banks's Yorkshire police precinct, in Robinson's less-than-stellar 14th novel to feature the Yorkshire police detective. Meanwhile, another mystery unfolds in a parallel narrative, the fatal stabbing of a young woman at a local rock festival back in 1969. Needless to say, the cases are intertwined — as Banks puts it, 'the past is never over' — and part of the pleasure is trying to piece together the links. Unfortunately, Robinson takes too long to connect the two stories, and the earlier thread suffers from the lack of Banks's engaging presence (though it does capture, with great fidelity, that odd mixture of self-absorption and idealism of the late 1960s and the whole hippie/rock music scene). As always, the author's prose is clear, observant and intelligent, but the story itself is not nearly as compelling as 2005's Strange Affair. 6-city author tour. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "First rate...an addictive crime series...bet you can't read just one."
"Review" by , "The unsavory and unromantic side of the hippie culture is woven into both investigations, as indiscriminate drug use and 'free love' wreak havoc on the lives of several characters. Recommended."
"Review" by , "What is more satisfying than one solid Robinson mystery? Two solid Robinson mysteries, expertly entwined, offering twice the usual pleasures."
"Review" by , "While not a lot appears to happen on the surface...Robinson maintains a quiet tension from first page to last, one that makes it almost impossible to stop reading."
"Review" by , "Robinson's 16th novel hits a perfect chord....[A] thoughtful, intense novel that mixes a gripping plot with intense character studies....Robinson continues to keep his plots and character fresh."
"Review" by , "The best series now on the market."
"Review" by , "Wonderful...multi-layered mystery."
"Review" by , "Prepare for a crash course in taut, clean writing and subtle psychology."
"Synopsis" by , The sins of the past come back with a vengeance in this complex, multilayered thriller which finds Detective Inspector Alan Banks investigating the case of a murdered freelance music journalist, a case which will take him back through more than 30 years into an old murder that may be chillingly connected.
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