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While recuperating from the events of Aftermath on a Greek island, Inspector Alan Banks reads that the bones of his childhood friend, Graham Marshall, have been dug up in a field not far away from the road where he disappeared more than thirty-five years earlier.Intrigued by the discovery, and still consumed with guilt because of a related incident he failed to report at tWhile recuperating from the events of Aftermath on a Greek island, Inspector Alan Banks reads that the bones of his childhood friend, Graham Marshall, have been dug up in a field not far away from the road where he disappeared more than thirty-five years earlier.Intrigued by the discovery, and still consumed with guilt because of a related incident he failed to report at the time, Banks returns to his hometown in Cambridgeshire and becomes peripherally involved in the investigation, headed by newcomer Detective Inspector Michelle Hart. At the same time, a few counties away, the case of another missing teenager – the son of a famous model and step-son of anex-footballer, is handed to DI Annie Cabbot. Banks shuttles between the two cases far apart in time but perhaps not so far apart in character. When the lives of both detectives are threatened, Banks searches his own memories for clues, until he is finally forced to confront truths he would rather avoid, and finds that, in these investigations, the boundary between victim and perpetrator, guardian of the law and law-breaker is becoming ever more blurred.A gripping crime novel, set in the present day, The Summer That Never Was is also a gritty and evocative portrait of northern England in the sixties, and an exploration of the nature of memory, the destruction of families, andadolescence....

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The Summer That Never Was Reviews

  • Will Byrnes
    2019-05-06 12:12

    Peter Robinson - image from The Guardian The body of Inspector Alan Banks’ childhood friend, Graham Marshall, is discovered decades after he was killed. Banks returns from a Greek vacation to offer assistance. He learns much about the unseen elements of the world in which he was raised, including that Graham’s dad was a mob enforcer, and that Graham himself had some secrets worth keeping. Inspector Banks and DI Michelle Hart raise some sparks between them but not a lot of heat. Digging up the past uncovers more than a mere set of bones, it reveals a world of corruption unsuspected, pornography, prostitution, secrets. The investigation into Graham’s demise is echoed in Annie Cabot’s investigation of the suspected kidnapping of a famous couple’s teen child. More teens die. Banks has an iffy relationship with a woman. We learn a bit about police procedure. Not the best of the Banks books, but, per usual, an engaging, entertaining read with enough extra payload to make it worth your time, whether you are reading while off on vacay or curled up someplace nearer to hand. =============================EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author’s personal and FB pagesOther Peter Robinson books we have enjoyed:-----Inspector Banks #5 - Past Reason Hated----- Inspector Banks #9 - Blood at the Root----- Inspector Banks #10 - In a Dry Season----- Inspector Banks #11 - Cold is the Grave----- Inspector Banks #12 - Aftermath-----The Price of Love and Other StoriesOTHER ITEMS-----A nifty audio item from The Next Track - Music and Mystery: Author Peter Robinson on Music in his Novels-----Interview with the author – from The Guardian - Peter Robinson: Why I Write-----Interview in The Daily Review – March 17, 2017 - Crime writer Peter Robinson on red herrings, Nordic fiction and fast cars

  • Thomas Strömquist
    2019-05-19 12:14

    The discovery of the remains of a childhood friend of Banks, who disappeared when they were in their early teens, makes the inspector cut his Greek vacation short. No more has he gotten home, when he needs to assist Annie Cabbott with a very recent disappearance of another young boy. What looked straightforward in both cases turn out to be much more complicated than anyone could guess. The suspense in the parallel stories of history and present and the great characters (old and new) was highly enjoyable and this is another really good one. The tragic end(ings) lifted the whole book another notch and it may be the sun, warmth and Ouzo, but I really think this was worth a (rounded up) 5 stars!

  • WarpDrive
    2019-04-30 11:11

    Quite a nice thriller, which I enjoyed reading. Interesting plot and well-defined characters. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    2019-05-13 14:13


  • Shirley Schwartz
    2019-04-28 13:14

    The Inspector Alan Banks series is incredible! It just keeps getting better and better, and Alan Banks is a wonderful character. A good policeman, but a man with many flaws and uncertainties which he always seems to work his way through when he's working on a case. I have read a lot of mysteries about past and present homicides, but this one is a step above. The book is about the disappearance and murder of two teenage boys. One from 1965 and one from the present day. The boy lost in 1965 was a school pal of Alan's. He was 14 yeas old when he disappeared from Peterborough where Alan and his friends grew up. His remains were not found until the present day (30 years later). In Eastvale Annie is working on the disappearance of a teenage local boy. Alan is on holiday in Greece when he is drawn into the present-day case of the missing teenage boy in his home patch. He then finds out that his old friend's remains have been discovered in an open field that is being excavated. He hurries home in order to help gain some insight into what happened to his friend thirty years ago. The story slips seamlessly from 1965 to present-day as Alan sets out on a mission to find out what could have happened in both cases. As always there is music and lyrics woven throughout the book. And these lyrics help to weave the two disparate plots together. Peter Robinson is a remarkable author, and this series is such a delight. Can't wait to read the next one.

  • Eadie
    2019-05-08 14:19

    In this 13th book of the DCI Banks series, we get an interesting view into Banks' childhood when he returns home to investigate a murder of his childhood friend. Soon Banks' finds himself engrossed in a more current murder of Luke Armitage, another teenage boy. I liked following the aspects of both murders while the author slowly builds the level of suspense/tension as each new plot development is revealed so that you really had an on-the-edge-of-your-seat feeling. The characters were also well drawn and fully developed. All in all this book was a very entertaining read.

  • Simon
    2019-04-22 08:03

    This is was a really good edition to the series. The story just sucked me in and didn't let go.

  • Sandra
    2019-04-24 13:10

    i thoroughly enjoyed this Banks novel. I havent read that many of the Banks novels. This one intrigued me because of the time period in the past to which the murder goes back to, namely the 1960s. this was my era of growing up and i can easily relate to some of the reminiscences of Chief Inspector Banks , it brought a number of long forgotten 1960s things back to mind. i though the storyline was excellent

  • Rio Jazzmin
    2019-05-03 12:08

    3.5 stars

  • Maddy
    2019-05-08 13:13

    RATING: 4.25Inspector Alan Banks has been through a grueling time both personally and professionally and has decided to recuperate by taking his holidays in Greece for a month. He's run away from his messy life and has found paradise of a kind, but not for long. For things are happening back home that demand his attention.During Alan's teenaged years, he had a group of guys that he hung out with, including a boy by the name of Graham Marshall. Graham disappeared and was never heard of again. It's over 30 years later, and his bones are unearthed during a construction excavation. When Banks learns of the discovery, he feels an obligation to be involved in the investigation and returns to the UK. The case is being handled by Detective Inspector Michelle Hart, and Banks offers up his assistance. Alan has been carrying around a load of guilt for years about an incident that happened to him right before Graham disappeared. He feels that if he had reported it, perhaps Graham would not have been killed.At the same time, back in Banks' home precinct, there is an eerily similar case. A teenager by the name of Luke Armitage has gone missing. He has some small bit of fame, as his birth father was a talented rock musician who committed suicide. His mother was a model, and his stepfather is a well-known athlete. The case is assigned to Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot, with whom Banks had been personally involved. Annie makes a somewhat dubious decision while following a possible kidnapping aspect to the case and seeks advice from Alan.Robinson skillfully alternates between the 2 investigations. Interestingly, Banks is not the lead inspector on either of the cases but is highly involved on both. The reader is treated to two complex plots, two sets of well-developed characters, two settings, as well as much revelatory information about Banks himself and his somewhat strained relationship with his parents. Banks as a man reminiscing about Banks as a boy was certainly an interesting twist.I have a few minor criticisms of the book. The first is that I felt Robinson overindulged in nostalgic references to music and television shows when discussing the 1960s background for the Graham Marshall case. The allusions became excessive. The second is that I wasn't entirely satisfied with the resolution. It was well done but somewhat convenient in some respects. However, I have to admit that I didn't have all the plot threads unraveled until they were explained in the conclusion, and the various explanations were completely plausible.Robinson has a secure place in my top 5 list of favorite authors. You know when you read any of his books that you are placing yourself in the hands of a master. Close to Home is the 13th book in the series and continues a long tradition of excellent writing. The book is very engrossing and has an exceptionally detailed plot featuring superbly well-drawn characters. The Inspector Alan Banks books make up a great series, one which every mystery reader should experience.

  • LJ
    2019-05-16 10:17

    CLOSE TO HOME (Police Prod-England-1965/95) – G+Robinson, Peter – 12th in seriesAvon Books, 2003- Paperback*** On vacation in Greece, Chief Inspector Alan Banks learns the body of a boyhood friend is found, 30 years after the boy went missing. Banks remembers that someone tried to grab his a few days before and feels he has to return to the town where he grew up to finally tell the police about it. In the meantime, another 15-year-old boy has gone missing.*** Not everyone can pull off having two cases that are parallel, but separate, with the occasional intersection of Banks, but Robinson sure did. The characters are very well drawn and interesting as is the plot, action and suspense. But the main theme of the book was families and how, no matter our age, we always seek the approval of our parents. Robinson did use a lot of musical references in his story, of which I got a bit tired. I enjoyed the book, although I did feel it a bit over long.

  • Geof
    2019-05-06 16:27

    Perhaps you will like this book if you have read and enjoyed the prior 12 books in the series. While it does stand on its own, I found it utterly unreadable. I stopped reading it midway. From chapter one I found the main character to be a self-righteous jerk. The only part (of which I read) that I liked was when the female copper thought that the main character was dwelling on the past. Spot on! I really did not need to read paragraph after paragraph about what this Banks fellow listened to in the 1960s.Early on reading it I thought it could be salvaged if this Banks guy turned out to be the killer. As this is part of a Banks series that is not very likely.

  • Nick Davies
    2019-04-25 14:32

    AKA 'The Summer That Never Was' - This wasn't quite up to the usual high standard. I felt it a little incongruous to have Banks have a long forgotten murder suddenly become relevant, and suddenly be possible to solve (especially when there was quite a lot of conjecture required to tie everything together). I didn't regret reading this - it was an absorbing and easy read - but it certainly wasn't one of my favourites in the series.

  • Kate
    2019-05-01 09:09

    It was OK - nearly gave it a 1 but there are worse books around. The thing I most objected to was the pretentious title-fest of music and musicians, books and authors and paintings and painters. OK, Peter Robinson knows a lot about these things, but frankly, I don't care about that! It doesn't help the story one iota.

  • Lili
    2019-04-25 12:24

    Also entitled "The Summer That Never Was" we have often heard Banks mention his childhood friend, Graham who went missing the summer of 1965. Now with the discovery of old bones he travels back to his old home to help the local police in their enquiries. Another good read.

  • Sheila Myers
    2019-04-22 14:17

    Very enjoyable and suspenseful. I liked the way Peter Robinson presented two cases for Inspector Banks to work - one in the present and one from his past. I think this gave a better look at Banks and what drives him to do his job.

  • Patricia (Pat)
    2019-05-12 08:11

    Inspector Alan Banks life is in turmoil so he jaunts off to a Greek Island Paradise to try to forget his failed marriage, and more recently his failed relationship with his co-worker. He hears that the body of a childhood friend missing over thirty years has been unearthed in Peterborough, and Banks must return to get answers to his many questions. Perhaps some help to alleviate the guilt he has been carrying for being unable to help solve this long mystery of his long lost chum, Graham Marshall?Peter Robinson tells two stories in two settings and with colorful sets of characters. Both stories are about missing teenage boys; Graham, 14, disappeared while on his early morning newspaper delivery route, never to be seen again. His bones were dug up on a new construction site thirty-five years later, eight miles from his home. Luke Armitage, 15, son of a rock star and beautiful mother, Robin, who was a successful model. His stepfather was a well-known soccer player. Luke was kidnapped and found in water but he did not die from drowning. Who is doing this and why? Both cases are parallel but separate. Female inspectors, Annie Cabot and Michelle Hart are in charge of each of the disappearances. Long hidden secrets, betrayals, lies and guilts are uncovered and the journey to find answers is filled with twists and turns reaching a finale that sparkles. I enjoyed the author's references to music, poetry, and books which were an added plus to a great read. I look forward to joining Inspector Banks again soon.I was selected by GoodReads to receive this book and gladly give my honest review of CLOSE TO HOME that I offer 4 stars and my thanks.

  • Claire
    2019-05-01 09:20

    I received Close to Home as part of a Goodreads giveaway.Chief Inspector Alan Banks returns from a sabbatical in Greece to face both personal and professional demons. On the heels of a failed marriage and workplace romance, he arrives home to find that the remains of his childhood friend Graham Marshall, who disappeared in 1965, have been unearthed. Simultaneously, the brooding, poetic teenage stepson of a well-known professional soccer player disappeared, apparently without a trace, and it is up to Banks and his colleagues to discover the fates of both boys. Banks' ex-lover, DI Annie Cabbott, delves into the secret life of the modern boy, Luke Armitage, while DI Michelle Hart, who uses her job to escape her own demons, looks decades into the past to determine who or what was responsible for Graham's death.This was my first foray into the Alan Banks series. There was obviously much personal backstory for the characters, but I admit, I didn't take much of an interest in it and it didn't hamper my understanding or enjoyment of the book as a whole. The boys' parallel disappearances frame the book, and there are just enough similarities between the two to make them symbolically linked while retaining their own unique storylines. The characters were well drawn, the plot and pacing were engaging, and it was all in all a really excellent story (in plot, if not in tone--murder mysteries are rarely the latter). Would definitely read more in this series in the future.

  • Bruce McNair
    2019-05-17 13:30

    This is book 13 in the Inspector Banks series. A long buried body is discovered buried in a field now being excavated for housing. It turns out to be the long lost teenage friend of DCI Alan Banks. A friend who disappeared without a trace over 30 years before. But Banks is on holiday in Greece and he works in a different police force over 2 hours drive away. Nevertheless, he is intrigued by the finding and feels that he can contribute to the case. The cold case becomes difficult, especially when it appears that others would prefer things be kept hidden. A few days later, the teenage son of a celebrity couple disappears on Banks’ home patch. A ransom is demanded, but the pickup never happens. Soon after, his body is found in a lake. This case also is difficult for a myriad of reasons. Not the least being the celebrity stepfather’s insistence that police interference has caused the death. Banks becomes involved in both cases, although the capable female detective inspectors, Michelle and Annie, are nominally in charge. The cases unfold due to the persistence of Michelle and Annie with the assistance of Banks. In my opinion, it took a while to get hooked, but generally, the story was good, but I felt the ending was a little weak. Still, I am prepared to give it 4 stars out of 5.

  • Naomi
    2019-05-08 12:06

    Disclaimer: I received this for free through a Goodreads' giveaway.I've never read any of Robinson's other books, so was worried I wouldn't be able to enjoy this properly as it's the 13th book in a series. Luckily, that wasn't the case, as this book can stand alone without any prior knowledge of the series necessary.It's an interesting enough plot, and kept me engaged enough to read it in a day, but it's not the type of mystery with lots of twists and turns. By the end, it's easy to guess how things will resolve themselves (or at least it won't seem like much of a surprise when everything is explained). This is a good vacation read, and I'd imagine that with the right narrator, it would be good as an audio book as well. If I come across some of his other books (of which there are many), and I'm looking for a quick and entertaining read, then I'll definitely consider picking one of his up.

  • Balthazar Lawson
    2019-05-16 14:03

    This novel contains two stories. One is about the discovery of the body of a friend of Banks who just disappeared one day 30 years ago from Banks' home town of Peterborough. With a body to work with an investigation gets under way, but Banks is not leading this investigation, he is just recalling his past and helping where and when he can. Back in Eastvale, DI Cabott is investigating the disappearance of a 15 year old who is the stepson of a famous footballer, son of a model and a dead rock star. When the boy turns up dead, she calls on Banks to help with the investigation.These two cases have a similarity but they are not connected, except for Banks. They offer a chance of reflection for him and the reader learns a lot about his past.This is one of the more enjoyable books of the series. Very worthwhile reading.

  • CarolynAnn
    2019-05-13 15:05

    I started reading this series a few years ago with #14 which I really loved so I then read a couple that followed and decided that I really liked this series. So, decided to start at with some early books (once Annie is in the series - #10). I really like this series and find them all good.... great mysteries with just the right amount of focus on the personal lives of the characters. This one, Close to Home, really captivated me. It is about a missing child being discovered and becomes very personal for Inspector Banks as it turns out to be a missing childhood friend of his. Found the mystery to be good and enjoyed the more personal look into Banks' early life.

  • Paula Dembeck
    2019-05-22 08:12

    As we rejoin Banks in the thirteenth addition to the series, he is vacationing in Greece, attempting a brief escape from his failed marriage, a failed relationship and a job which is threatening to send him over the edge. The constant exposure to conflicting demands, violent death and the very worst in people is threatening his very sense of self. While trying to enjoy this brief holiday escape, he reads about new developments at home. A construction worker has uncovered a skeleton at the site of a new shopping mall by the A1 near Peterborough, where Banks spent much of his early life and where his parents still live. There is an ID bracelet with the body of a young boy and Banks is suddenly engulfed by memories of Graham Marshall, memories we know have been haunting him for years.When Banks was fourteen, his close friend Graham disappeared. No one ever found him and it was generally assumed that he had been abducted by a pedophile. But two months before Graham’s disappearance, Banks was down playing alone by the river when a man grabbed him and tried to push him in the water. Banks terrified, narrowly escaped. His parents had always forbidden him to play there and at the time he was also skipping school. Not things he was keen to own up to either to his parents or the police. So he never told anyone and has always felt guilty about it. Perhaps the man who had bullied him was the same man who had taken Graham. And if he had told the police, it might have helped them capture the man and then Graham may never have disappeared. Banks feels he absolutely must go back home and see if he can help with the investigation. Perhaps he will be able to lift this ongoing and burdensome guilt from his shoulders.Meanwhile, another young boy goes missing. Luke Armitage is the fifteen year old stepson of an ex-footballer who is now living as a country gentleman on a grand estate called Swainsdale Hall. His beautiful wife Robin, an ex-model who was once married to Neil Byrd a troubled musician who famously committed suicide, has a well-known history of attending wild parties and dating rock stars. Luke is Robin’s son, the only child of her first marriage. He is a sensitive creative and often quiet and withdrawn. His taste in music and his writing point to a mind preoccupied with death, war, global destruction and social alienation. The question of whether he has been kidnapped looms large.When Banks returns home, he finds he is considered to be meddling when he tries to help with the Marshall investigation, even though he feels he has important information. He visits his parents, with whom he is not always comfortable. They never approved of his choice of career and felt he had sold himself short. No matter how successful Banks was or what promotions he received, they felt the career of a policeman was undignified and paled next to the achievements of his brother Ray, a stockbroker. It didn’t help that Banks’ father, a dedicated union man, hated the police who he always felt unfairly persecuted the common working man. Banks spends time in his old room, looking over his old diaries and records and thinking back to 1964 and 1965. As he goes through some of his old things with the eyes and mind of a policeman, he picks up some potential clues. It becomes clear that things were not exactly as he thought they were back then and he begins to question how well he really knew his friend Graham.As the parallel investigations evolve, questions arise about whether there are any connections between the two disappearances which occurred at different time periods, but which seem to have some similarities.Robinson continues to give us interesting details of Banks’ life and those of the various personalities in the police station. This provides a realistic context to the investigations and adds more complex layers to all the people with whom he works. Banks’ wife Sandra has been gone now for two years. She is pregnant with another man’s child and is about to marry him. Banks still reels at the thought. His son Brian is making a career in music and is about to record his first CD for a major label. Things are going very well for him, and although Banks was not initially comfortable with Brian’s choice of a career, he has now come to accept it. Annie Cabbot has transferred to the Complaints and Discipline Branch at the CID, a move which she is not keen about, but which will help her achieve her next promotion. And her focus is now clearly on her career, rather than on her relationship with Banks. Hatchley who has just welcomed his second child, remains a good sergeant. Annie was promoted over him, but Banks feels he is “a good copper” and has a role on the team. He knows a lot about the shady side of Eastvale and has a large network of informers, pub managers and landlords who keep an eye on criminal comings and goings for him. Gristhorpe is still off sick with his shattered ankle and talking quietly about the possibility of retirement.Banks has been seeing Detective Inspector Michelle Hart who is now investigating the Luke Armitage disappearance. But Michelle has her own difficult past and demons which continues to haunt her.Once again, Robinson holds our interest with his solid writing and interesting puzzles in the investigations. With Robinson, nothing is ever as simple as it first seems and there is always a big twist or revelation that you never expect.Another great addition to the Inspector Banks series.

  • Beckiezra
    2019-05-22 14:21

    I never really connected with the characters very much and it was just too slow/long, I skipped 4 CDs and it didn't hurt my ability to follow what was happening. Half the story was about a murder that happened in the 1960s so not much suspense there, the other story was a supposed kidnapping and murder but we never met the kid and the parents were kind of jerks so there wasn't much drama there, either. Coming in on the 13th book of course isn't going to give the best impression of characters, but no one was all that exciting and I don't have any desire to check out the rest of the series.

  • Billie
    2019-04-29 12:05

    This novel is the 13th in the Inspector Banks series and can be read as a stand alone. The story is about the mysterious disappearance of Inspector Banks childhood friend, Graham Marshall, whose disappearance while delivering newspapers was a mystery for years. Banks was on holiday when his bones were discovered many years later. The mystery brings back memories of his childhood and adolescence years. I received this book from the Goodreads Giveaways for a review.

  • Megan
    2019-05-03 11:06

    While reading, I kept thinking that the two stories/investigations would be better off as separate books - it wasn't until a paragraph on the second to last page that I realized, that no, they did work together in the same book."They might have died in different ways for different reasons-not to mention different times-but they were just two kids lost in a grown-up world where needs and emotions were bigger than theirs, stronger and more complex than they could comprehend."

  • Kathy
    2019-05-18 08:32

    Back to Alan's childhood and the unsolved disappearance of his friend, Graham, whose bones are found in a shallow grave. Then a boy of 15, son of minor celebrities, goes missing in North Yorkshire, and Annie Cabbott is on that case. Banks is called back from Greece, where he has gone to recover from the events of the previous book, Aftermath, and he meets Michelle, who has been assigned to the case. In the course of these investigations, he discovers how little he knew about his friend.

  • Joan Colby
    2019-05-04 14:07

    Two seemingly related cases of the murder of young boys turn out to be independent, but are solved by DCI Banks and his team. This book of the Banks series introduces DI Michelle who becomes involved with Banks, now that he is divorced. Always an interesting read, as much for the backstories, as the Brit police procedural, Robinson is one of my favorite genre writers.

  • David Steele
    2019-04-29 08:30

    This was my first Peter Robinson book. Goodreads giveaway winner. I like it very much as it was more than a mystery, but a biting commentary on English life from 1965 to 2002. Class, politics, work, crime and urban growth. I will probably read more books in the series now, starting with the first to see how Banks developed and changed as a man and a "copper".

  • Kathleen Freeman
    2019-04-29 08:18

    I am fan of this series really like both Alan and Annie as characters. I really liked how both mysteries came together and the look into Banks teenage years. Looking forward to reading the next in the series.