Inspector Alan Banks might seem humble and ordinary, but do not let the appearances fool you. With a doggedly determination and a clever mind he solves the most impossible cases. Peter Robinson's depiction of Banks is credible and it is obvious that the author has conducted thorough research in order to make his stories as true to reality as possible. Moreover, Robinson's brilliant writing skills and his ability to tell a good story makes this and his other books well spent time all year round. Since the books are masterfully plotted and evocative you yearn for a new Bank's mystery immediately you have finished one.