By Peter Robinson
The nude picture of a teenage runaway indicates up on a pornographic web site, and the girl's father turns to Detective leader Inspector Alan banks for support. yet those are regular conditions, for the runaway is the daughter of a guy who is made up our minds to wreck the committed Yorkshire policeman's profession and solid identify. nonetheless it's a case that moves painfully domestic, person who Banks—a father himself—dares now not forget about as he follows it truly is squalid path into teeming London, and right into a international of substances, intercourse, and crime. yet homicide follows quickly after—gruesome ,sensational, and, greater than once—pulling Banks in a course that he dearly doesn't desire to pass: into the previous and personal global of his strongest enemy, leader Constable Jimmy Riddle.
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Finally, he brought out his smile again, a bit weaker now. ” “I thought I’d already made that clear. ” Aitcheson waved his arm. “All right, all right, I’ll see what I can do. Can you come back on Monday? ” Banks waited. It took all of twenty minutes, then Aitcheson came back into the office looking worried. ” “We don’t have it. The model’s address. She’s not on our books, not part of our…I mean, it was an amateur shoot. I seem to remember she was the photographer’s girlfriend. He used to do some work for us now and then, and apparently he took those photos as a bit of a lark.
After a grunted “Hi,” Damon had hardly spoken a word. The train was almost full, and the three of them couldn’t sit together, which seemed a relief to Tracy and Damon. Banks had to sit half the carriage away next to a fresh-faced young businessman wearing too much aftershave and playing FreeCell on his laptop computer. Most of the journey he spent listening to Lucinda Williams’s Car Wheels on a Gravel Road and reading The Big Sleep, which he had substituted for Maigret and the Hundred Gibbets when he realized he wasn’t going to Paris.
The wind had dropped, but it was a chilly evening and there weren’t many people out. Banks was glad of his warm leather jacket. They passed a sign on the wall of one of the buildings that 44 / PETER ROBINSON made some reference to Richard III. Historical too, then, Stony Stratford. “It’s supposed to be where he picked up the princes in the tower,” said Craig. “Before they were in the tower, like. ” Craig picked a relatively inexpensive Indian restaurant. It was comfortably warm inside, and the exotic smells made Banks’s mouth water the minute they got in the door.