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Bad Boy by Peter Robinson

The Book:

Annie Cabbot, meets a frantic woman who appears at the Eastvale police station looking for Chief Inspector Alan Banks. She tells Annie that her daughter Erin has a gun hidden in her bedroom. After preliminary questioning Annie realizes that the gun is loaded but the situation is well-under control as Erin and her father are waiting for the police to walk in and take control. As planned; an armed response team breaks into the house and things start going downhill from then on.

To complicate the situation Erin is roommates with Tracey Banks, daughter of Alan Banks. Tracey has a crush on Erin’s boyfriend, the ‘Bad Boy’ and when she hears news about the police investigation takes it upon herself to update him. Unwillingly she becomes and accomplice or did she become a victim? Will Alan Banks arrive in time to save her daughter and savage the failing father-daughter relationship?

The View:

“Bad Boy” at first sight appeared to be one of those books I would pick up any day. The book features some thrilling crime, a smart detective and a whole lot of bad guys. Picking up this book was a no-brainer and I gladly set about reading it; that is; for the first half of the book. The irony about this is that Alan Banks only makes his entry in the second half.

The downside of this book was that the plot was plain. There was nothing exciting happening and most of the bad boy’s actions were predictable. Thank God for Tracey’s stupidity without which this plot would have been even plainer. I also felt that Alan Banks’s entry and sequence of events leading to the death of the bad boy was not commendable either.

I like Alan Banks (though I have not read all the books in the series) and most of his books have been such explosive reads that when a disappointment such as this one is thrown my way I take it pretty seriously. If you have not read the ‘Inspector Banks series’ I would greatly recommend that you do not start with this one.

Rated a 3 on 5.This is not a miserable read but there are sure some better ones out there, so why settle for less.



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