Bad Boy by Peter Robinson


You will find the acknowledgement to myself on Page 431 (of Hodder 2010) and reads:

A number of professionals have helped me with the police procedural and forensic aspects, and I would especially like to thank Detective Inspector Kevin Robinson, of West Yorkshire Police … for information about the approach to firearms.


When Juliet Doyle finds a gun in her daughter’s bedroom, she turns to old friend DCI Alan Banks for advice. But Banks is on a much-needed holiday, and it’s left to DI Annie Cabbot to deal with the removal of the firearm. No one can foresee the operation’s disastrous consequences, or that the Doyles will not be the only family affected. Banks’s daughter Tracy has fallen for the wrong boy. Her flatmate’s boyfriend is attractive, ambitious, and surrounded by an intoxicating air of mystery. He’s also very dangerous. When Tracy warns him the police might be on his tail, he persuades her to go on the run with him, and flattered by his attention, she agrees. Before she knows it, a deadly chase across the country is set in motion. And on his return, unsuspecting of Tracy’s precarious situation, Banks is plunged into his most terrifying, personal case yet.

Some Reviews:

‘Riveting’ (The Times)

Robinson writes with gusto . . . his tale cracks along at a satisfying lick, with splashes of dark humour along the way. (Metro)

‘Plotting of a Swiss-watch precision. We are treated to a master class in the organisation of narrative.’ (Independent)

‘Brilliant! . . . Gut-wrenching plotting, alongside heart-wrenching portraits of the characters who populate his world, not to mention the top-notch police procedure. This one will stay with you for a long time.’ (Jeffery Deaver)

Robinson writes solid, tense, police procedurals that depend on good plots, accuracy and the genuine likeability of the central character, Alan Banks. I would highly recommend BAD BOY. (

‘Excellent . . . Robinson deftly integrates Banks’s personal life with an acute look at British attitudes about police, guns, and violence in this strong entry in a superb series.’ (Publishers Weeklystarred review)

‘Realistic characters and unexpected twists will keep you gripped.’ (Candis)

‘A murderous psychopath presents Alan Banks with the most intensely personal challenge of the maverick detective’s storied career. Superbly cinematic from the beginning to the explosive finale, this would be a thrilling movie.’ (Joseph Wambaugh)

‘Robinson’s stories are rooted deep in his native Yorkshire, which makes them homely despite the violence . . . Down-to-earth narration gives the story an edge’ (The Oldie).

If you want the type of information that Peter Robinson had access to, just click on the cover below:

BPCD Cover


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