A Necessary End by Peter Robinson (1993, Paperback)

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A Necessary End (Inspector Alan Banks Series #3)

A peaceful demonstration in the normally quiet town of Eastvale ended with fifty arrests — and the brutal stabbing death of a young constable. But Chief Inspector Alan Banks fears there is worse violence in the offing. For CID Superintendent Richard "Dirty Dick" Burgess has arrived from London to take charge of the investigation, fueled by professional outrage and volatile, long-simmering hatreds.

Almost immediately, Burgess descends with vengeful fury upon the members of a sixties-style commune — while Banks sifts through the rich Yorkshire soil around him, turning over the earthy, unsettling secrets of seemingly placid local lives. Crossing "Dirty Dick" could cost the Chief Inspector his career. But the killing of a flawed Eastvale policeman is not the only murder that needs to be solved here. And if Banks doesn't unmask the true assassin, his superior's misguided obsession might well result in further bloodshed.

Author Biography:

Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire. His previous Inspector Banks novel, In a Dry Season, was nominated for the Edgar Award, was named a New York Times Notable Book, and won the Anthony Award.

Virginia Pilot and Ledger-Star

A rich, multi-layered book, elegantly written and carefully plotted.

Peter Robinson spent six years as a speechwriter in the Reagan White House. Among his speeches was the celebrated "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" speech, which Reagan delivered in Berlin in 1987. Robinson is the host of the PBS television program, "Uncommon Knowledge, " and the author of two previous books, "It's My Party: A Republican's Messy Love Affair with the GOP" and "Snapshots from Hell: The Making of an MBA." A fellow at the Hoover Institution, he lives in Stanford, California.


  • Pub. Date: August 1993
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 352pp

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