Many Rivers to Cross – 2019

Many rivers


A skinny young boy is found dead – his body carelessly stuffed into wheelie bin. Detective Superintendent Alan Banks and his team are called to investigate. Who is the boy, and where did he come from? Was he discarded as rubbish, or left as a warning to someone? He looks Middle Eastern, but no one on the East Side Estate has seen him before.

As the local press seize upon an illegal immigrant angle, and the national media the story of another stabbing, the police are called to investigate a less newsworthy death: a middle-aged heroin addict found dead of an overdose in another estate, scheduled for redevelopment.

Banks finds the threads of each case seem to be connected to the other, and to the dark side of organised crime in Eastvale. Does another thread link to his friend Zelda, who is facing her own dark side? The truth may be more complex – or much simpler – than it seems…

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(Listen to the playlist on Apple Music.)

“Many Rivers to Cross” – Jimmy Cliff
“The Frightened City” – The Shadows
“Pasadena” – The Temperance Seven
“1952 Vincent Black Lightning” / “Beeswing” / “From Galway to Graceland” – Richard Thompson
“Into the Woods 1,” “Londonderry Air,” “Summertime” from Toru Takemitsu: Complete Music for Solo Guitar by Andrea Dieci
“Summertime” – Billie Holiday
“Secret Side” – Nico
“High Hopes” – Frank Sinatra
“Try a Little Tenderness” – Frank Sinatra
“Something There is About You” – Bob Dylan
“Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut” from J.S. Bach: Cantatas for Soprano by Carolyn Sampson, Petra Müllejans & Freiburger Barockorchester
Sally Beamish: Andante from Viola Concerto No. 2 – The Seafarer “ by Tabea Zimmermann, Ola Rudner & Swedish Chamber Orchestra
“Blues (Deliver my Soul)” from Blues Dialogues: Music by Black Composers by Rachel Barton Pine & Matthew Hagle
“Poème de l’amour and de la mer” from Chausson: Poème de l’amour et de la mer and Symphonie Op. 20 by Véronique Gens & Orchestre National de Lille
Selections from Antonio Vivaldi by Cecilia Bartoli, Ensemble Matheus & Jean-Christophe Spinosi
“And Your Bird Can Sing” – The Beatles
“All Over the World” / “Suzanne” – Francoise Hardy
“Lady Rachel” – Kevin Ayers
“Joanna” – Scott Walker