Thursday, August 12, 2010
NOT SAFE AFTER DARK AND OTHER STORIES by Peter Robinson (2010)
These stories and one Inspector Banks novella take you to the streets of Paris, California, Yorkshire and Robinson's own neighborhood in Toronto's east end: The Beach. Not only are the geographic locations diverse, but so are the time periods: 19th century north of England, post-WWII Yorkshire, 1968 Paris (surrounding the infamous student rebellion) and contemporary Toronto.
I especially enjoyed "The Two Ladies of Rose Cottage" and its essential reference to Thomas Hardy and his legacy, the story that won the Mystery Readers International Award and Going Back, the Banks novella that explores how difficult it can be to visit one's aging parents.
If you're looking to wade into Robinson's waters, look no further than this engaging collection that offers models of the crime and suspense genre of which he is a notable master.