Past Reason Hated

Past Reason Hated

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Penguin Putnam
It looks like a tranquil Christmas scene in a cozy living room—log fire, brightly lit tree, sheepskin rug, Vivaldi on the record player—but the appearance is deceptive. Caroline Hartley, the woman lying on the couch, has been brutally murdered.

In Past Reason Hated, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks uncovers the unusual and disturbing past of a victim for whom secrecy was a way of life. He finds a multitude of suspects: Caroline’s lover, Veronica Shildon; Veronica’s ex-husband, a famous composer; a feminist poet; the cast of a play Caroline was rehearsing for; and her reclusive, haunted brother, Gary.

Chief Inspector Banks’s fifth case is a suspenseful, shocking and ultimately satisfying tale of family secrets, hidden passions and desperate violence.

Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Canada, 2006, c1991
ISBN: 9780143052241
Characteristics: 322 p. ; 21 cm


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tomato Oct 05, 2018


May 06, 2010

Well constructed story.


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Early Inspector Banks Gendre, nice to have the background but I would not have predicted from reading this book that the series would catch on. Subject of lesbianism and incest is avant guard for the time of writing; Robinson took some chances in choosing this focus.

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