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Erin and Tracy are both attracted to a sexy Bad Boy named Jaff who owned the gun in the first place. As events unfold, Tracy realizes that Jaff could be in serious trouble and so goes to warn him. Knowing that her father is going to be out of town for the better part of a week yet, she then volunteers that the two of them could lay low in her father's vacant cottage for a while. This is a seriously bad idea, but Tracy, who is obviously not the brightest woman on the planet, won't realize that until it's too late.

By the time Banks returns, Jaff will be on the run, taking Tracy as his hostage. Lots of bad things are going to happen along the way and Banks will face one of the most difficult and most personal challenges of his long career. This was a good read, and the story moves right along, but I did have a couple of problems with it. By the time he arrives back in the UK, his daughter is on the run with a known criminal and yet his superiors still allow him to work the case.

That stretches credulity a bit when he has such a personal stake in the situation. Also, as a person of the male persuasion, I might find it harder than some other readers to really appreciate the attraction that some women have for dangerous "Bad Boys. I had some difficulty feeling much sympathy for her later in the book when she had so stupidly gotten herself into this situation to begin with.

One minor note that jarred me and took me out of the story for a moment: Later, he flies from San Francisco to the UK and on arriving notes that he continued to read the book on the flight," until his eyes got too tired" to continue. The Maltese Falcon is pages long and a non-stop flight from San Francisco to Heathrow is ten and a half hours.

Plus, he'd already started the book! Banks must be the slowest reader on the planet. The moral of this story is, obviously, that once your kids are grown and have left home, change the locks and, NEVER, under any circumstances, give them a key to your house. View all 6 comments. Aug 24, Joley Barnes rated it really liked it Shelves: I've kept silent for a while, but now I must jump in to say something, which is only a comment. I'm not aiming this at anyone in particular, nor am I saying this occurs only in this discussion; far from it.

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When I come here to find out what others feel about a certai I've kept silent for a while, but now I must jump in to say something, which is only a comment. When I come here to find out what others feel about a certain book, I appreciate it when the contributor tells me just that.

Sloshing through what I have already read and experienced is unnecessary and too "grade school". Don't tell me what the book is about! Talk about your reaction to it. I like Robinson and right now, I'm guessing I always will. Do I think he's the finest writer who ever lived? Not really, but who can answer that one? He's always entertaining, the characters truly come alive in my imagination, the setting and atmosphere are well laid out for the reader, and thanks to his stellar abilities, Mr.

Robinson always manages to hold my attention. Judging by the size of his audience, the popularity of his books and the awards he's won, I'd say this guy's a damn good writer. This is neither a book report nor a critique.

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View all 3 comments. Oh, the original Bad Boy - good looking meh , excitingly reckless bloody lunatic , taking what he wants with no excuses egotistical sociopath , cannot be owned by any one woman abusive, two-timing prick. That is, depending on if you ask some poor smitten one or me. Oh, how I hated guys like that. And I'm confident I was nowhere near alone.

Because decent guys have always had to watch some unlucky girl being totally swept off her feet by someone that you knew was going to hurt her and then Oh, the original Bad Boy - good looking meh , excitingly reckless bloody lunatic , taking what he wants with no excuses egotistical sociopath , cannot be owned by any one woman abusive, two-timing prick.

Because decent guys have always had to watch some unlucky girl being totally swept off her feet by someone that you knew was going to hurt her and then did. Luckily, I never cross paths with Bad Boys - or their victims - nowadays. Which is good because going around hating people is never good for anything, really. Anyway, as the title suggests, in this book we are forced to learn about a Bad Boy.

And he's just as infuriating as I would think. This is not the reason for the mere 3 stars, however. Let's begin at the beginning, shall we?

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DCI Banks is nearing the end of a long vacation in the US, intended as recreation after some really damaging cases and events. Something prompting a reaction that must seem like Kafka to someone, eh, living somewhere where guns are abundant. The outcome is tragic and sets off an unfortunate chain of events. Robinson writes engaging and suspenseful as always and there are a number of great passages in the book. The ending I appreciate very much, not too unrealistic but certainly not bland either. The aftermath too is a good part, not avoiding the complications and darker sides of the characters involved.

So, what's with the star withholding then? Well, really only two odd things that threw me, not in a good way, and which I had troubles overlooking. I won't say they spoiled the story for me, but they certainly brought it down a couple of notches. The first is Banks himself reasoning not only stupidly, but totally out of character at one point, the other is Tracy Banks' strange total loss of cool at one point - her reasoning for some actions or rather lack of action rhymes very poorly with her levelheadedness and resourcefulness both before and after.

Sits wrong and feels like a means of keeping the story going. Still a read worthy book - I have yet to come across a bad one in the series - and a recommended read. I thought I'd give the anguished inspector a rest now, but the next one is up there on the shelf and I just have to know what happens to poor Annie! Jan 13, Andra Watkins rated it really liked it.

Yes, Peter Robinson's books are formulaic. Yes, after a passel of Inspector Banks books, some of the ticks can become tiring. But, Robinson's stories always suck me in, and I forget that I'm reading.

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I'm just entertained and engrossed in the story. But, those are good qualities to have on any reading list. It's clear to me that, even after all this time with Banks, Robinson is still passionate about the character. I do not get a sense in his writing that he is tired of him Yes, Peter Robinson's books are formulaic. I do not get a sense in his writing that he is tired of him, and that's pretty remarkable after almost 20 episodes.

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I'm looking forward to diving into the next one. First, my thanks to LibraryThing's early reviewer program and to Morrow for my copy of this book. Don't do what I did and start this late at night -- you won't want to put it down. Although this book isn't really a whodunit, the tension begins to build very close to the beginning and doesn't let up.

Julia Doyle contacts the police to report that she's found a gun in her daughter Erin's room, and that First, my thanks to LibraryThing's early reviewer program and to Morrow for my copy of this book. Julia Doyle contacts the police to report that she's found a gun in her daughter Erin's room, and that she was hoping to speak to Inspector Banks a long-time friend of the Doyle family , but he's away on vacation in the US.

His partner Annie Cabbot takes the case gun laws are very strict in the UK but things quickly spiral out of control and lead to a major disaster. Erin had just recently moved back home -- she had been living with Banks' daughter Tracy who's now going by "Francesca" until things started heating up between Tracy and Jaff, Erin's boyfriend.

Tracy, who's going through a rough patch in her relationship with her dad and in her life in general, decides to let Jaff know that the police are trying to find out where Erin got the gun. She finds herself even more attracted to Jaff, and offers to help him out by letting him stay in her Dad's cabin -- which turns out to be a really bad decision as the two become fugitives, first from Jaff's criminal connections and then the police.

When Banks returns home, there is no time to waste -- he must find Jaff and Tracy in a hurry to prevent the worst from happening. I have to own up to only having read the first Inspector Banks novel, so I'm at kind of a disadvantage here as far as the development of the characters and of the series stories in general.

So the big question for me is whether or not I think Bad Boy could work as a standalone novel, and I'd have to say yes. Personally, I prefer series books in the order they're written, but I think in this one, there's enough of a buzz-through kind of history offered by Robinson that overcomes the need for having read the previous I figured some of the ending earlier so I wasn't too surprised, but hey, if that's the worst of it all, I can easily overlook it. Overall, I thought Bad Boy was quite good -- a bit on the suspenseful side, with enough twists and turns along the way to keep the pages turning -- and I look forward to books in the series.

Even though unlicensed handgun possession carries a very steep penalty, the police completely over-react Banks is on vacation and the girl's father gets hit with a tazer and dies of a heart attack. Cut to a scene with the daughter's friends and we learn things are not quite so simple. Soon, Banks' daughter is linked to Jaff, drugs, and attempted murder. Banks' fo "My daughter has a gun.

Banks' former lover and DI Annie Cabbot investigates while Superintendent Chambers tries to paper over the fustercluck created by his armed response team. The scene shifts to Geoff and Tracy who are soon on the run from the cops and Banks arrives home from his vacation in San Francisco to find a perfect mess.

I have to say that Tracy Banks has got to be one of the dumbest daughters to come down the pike. There were numerous opportunities for her to make a bad situation better, but she seemed to lack the gumption to react positively to her dilemma. The few times when she made a feeble attempt, she mishandled it badly. There are a couple of interesting new characters -- at least I believe they are new at this point in the series: Like Banks, she ignores regulations, in this case saving the day. I also liked DS Winsome Jackman, a statuesque, bright, and clever professional detective.

The solution to the plot is intellectually unsatisfying. A decent story but not one of Robinson's better novels. Simon Prebble's very competent narration has trouble salvaging a weak story. Oct 11, Larraine rated it really liked it. We've all met him, right? You know who I mean? The bad boy who is so cool, so handsome. He's the one who knows how to dress, who disdains working at some "dead end job.

We know he'll wind up breaking our hearts. Yet, there's something about him In this newest in the DI Alan Banks series, it's his daughter, Tracy, who finds herself in hot water thanks to her attraction to the quintessential bad boy.

Jaff is half Indian, went to a swanky "public school" in Britain an We've all met him, right? Jaff is half Indian, went to a swanky "public school" in Britain and is an Oxford grad. He doesn't work for a living, but he always has money. He dresses incredibly well, has lots of "posh" friends and some who are not so great.

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He started out as her best friend, Erin's, boyfriend. However, the proverbial "shit hits the fan" when they kiss at a dance. Erin is furious and goes home, but it's what she brings home that causes the problem: Peter Robinson is one of my favorite authors. He writes incredibly well and loves music as you will see if you read any of his books. One of his books has been made into a television show in Britain. With luck, PBS will get it one of these days. Dec 30, Fiona rated it really liked it. Only 3 left in stock - order soon. Provide feedback about this page.

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Women are very attracted to him, and vise versa. His working world is gritty, and the verbal communications reflect the grime. Jack in undaunted, and capable of defending himself, The story line is not particularly great, but it is interesting with a weaving of suspense and humor. I kept feeling interrupted by trying to figure out what the local slang meant. Not in online dictionaries or apps. So I started ignoring that and picked up the pace a bit. I enjoy this genre of the lone wolf fixer, and Jack Irish fits the bill pretty well.

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