Title: Children of the Revolution
Author: Peter Robinson
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Crime Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
When a man’s body is discovered, it could be an accidental death . . . that is, until Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks learns that a bundle of cash was found and the dead man was supposed to have been broke. As DCI Banks digs into the man’s life, he discovers that there are two possible sources for information about his death: his past life at university or his job as a lecturer, from which he was dismissed in disgrace. As things become more convoluted and each answer only seems to lead to more questions, Banks must figure out what really happened to this man and why.
A smart crime novel, Children of the Revolution can be slow at times as DCI Banks investigates every lead, but it’s always interesting and keeps readers guessing until the very end.
I’ve been curious about the Inspector Banks series for awhile, but was too daunted to actually pick up a book; after all, as of now the series is over 20 books in. So I just decided to let it go and start with the newest installment in the series—the 21st—Children of the Revolution. And I’m glad to say that it was easy to fall into; while I was aware there were previous books in the series, I didn’t feel as though I was missing anything. While there were some references to previous events that were likely covered in other books, I also didn’t feel as though anything was spoiled for me, so I can easily go back and read the previous books if I wish.
The mystery in Children of the Revolution is complex and deep. There are definitely points where the reader might wonder where the plot is going. It’s never boring; it just feels a bit long winded at times and lacks a real sense of urgency. Still, Robinson did a solid job with his separate plots. The reader honestly has no idea which of the two avenues of investigation will lead to answers, and it’s interesting to see where Robinson take things.
DCI Banks is a great character in Children of the Revolution; it’s easy to see how Robinson has built a series around him. He’s a thorough investigator and goes where the evidence leads, but he’s also willing to listen to his instincts. His willingness to pursue the truth, regardless of the rules, has made him somewhat disliked, but he definitely gets results. He has a good team that readers will enjoy meeting.
If you’re looking for a brainy thriller that delves into recent British history, then Children of the Revolution is a solid choice. Though it can be a bit slow at times, Robinson does not disappoint with the end results. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for the next DCI Banks book, while also looking into Robinson’s backlist to see if I can’t learn more about Banks until then.