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A collection of thirteen stories, this book features three Inspector Banks tales, the award-winners “Innocence” and “The Two Ladies of Rose Cottage” along with nine other stories, one written specially for the collection.
“The plots of the stories are mostly solid and the characters are always vivid. U.S. readers may particularly enjoy Robinson’s take on his fellow Canadians coping with Florida and Southern California.” Publishers Weekly
“American readers who know Robinson only through his nine Inspector Banks novels are in for a treat…Though not every story rises to the inspiration of the “The Wrong Hands” or “The Two Ladies of Rose Cottage” the finish throughout is faultless.” Kirkus Reviews
“Most impressive about the collection is that it clearly shows the range of Robinson’s talent as he handily switches the narration from the first to the third person, changes form from police procedural to psychological suspense, and shifts locales from Los Angeles to Yorkshire.” Booklist
“Peter Robinson, creator of the excellent Inspector Alan Banks series, is also one of the genre’s most talented short fiction authors…’The Two ladies of Rose Cottage’ (is) one of the best short stories I’ve read in years.” Globe and Mail