Playing with Fire: A Novel of Suspense (Inspector Banks Novels #14) (Large Print / Paperback)

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Chief Inspector Alan Banks finds himself up against a diabolical arsonist in this electrifying novel of suspense from New York Times bestselling author Peter Robinson.

In the early hours of the morning, a man reports a fire on two old canal boats. One of the firefighters notices the use of accelerant at the scene and calls the police, but by the time Inspector Banks arrives, the fire brigade have put out the flames and only the smoldering wreckage remains. A body has been found on each barge, and all the evidence points towards a deliberate arson attack.

One of the victims is Tina, a young girl with a drug addiction and a terrible past who had been living with her boyfriend Mark. The other is Tom, an artist who had been living alone. Now, with little evidence to go on and a number of possible suspects, including Tina's boyfriend, the local 'lock-keeper' who reported the fire, and Tina's own father, Banks must begin to delve into the lives of the victims, and to discover who could have wanted them out of the way forever...

From the master of psychological suspense, Peter Robinson, comes a mind-bending thriller of secrets and murder.

Praise For…

“So vivid that even those who aren’t usually fans of procedural thrillers will fill their fingers burning.”

“[Robinson’s] talents...account for both the quickness of mind that makes Banks such a keen protagonist.”

“Kept us up past our bedtime.”

“Robinson is not just a master storyteller, he’s a literary magician.”

“Crime fiction at its best.”

“Smooth as single malt.”

“A taut pleasure.”

“A tale that’s both satisfyingly traditional in one regard, and thoroughly up-to-date in its setting and psychological insight.”

“Robinson is on a winning streak.”

“[PLAYING WITH FIRE] has a loud ring of truth and a good deal of suspense.”

“Robinson has won just about every mystery award there is….His latest shows why.”

“An engaging pleasure…like red wine, [Banks] gets better and more interesting with age.”

The novels of Peter Robinson are: “Deeply nuanced works of art.”

“The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are, simply put, the best series now on the market.”

“Stunningly complex and intricately plotted....Peter Robinson fools and entertains me with every twist.”

“Complex and intelligent.”

“Exquisitely complex and atmospheric.”

“Taut, carefully thought out…with plots that are refreshingly cliché-free.”

“Cunning…authentic and atmospheric.”

“Different and intriguing.”

Peter Robinson is: “A gifted creator of fully fleshed and vividly present characters.”

“A happy discovery.”

“A skillful writer…”

“Absorbing…Robinson continues to stretch the boundaries of the standard procedural.”

“Robinson actually seems to grow in front of our eyes, delivering books of greater complexity each time.”


“The equal of legends in the genre such as P.D. James and Ruth Rendell.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780061470523
ISBN-10: 006147052X
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: HarperLuxe
Publication Date: June 24th, 2008
Pages: 592
Language: English
Series: Inspector Banks Novels