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All the Colours of Darkness: DCI Banks 18

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This year Banks is incredibly listening to Cat Power and Mazzy Star - which I find refreshing (but unlikely). Especially when Banks has become obsessed with the idea that in addition to government secrecy there's a sub-plot involving Shakespeare's Othello. Catherine Gervaise, who hustled Banks onto the case on his day off, promptly hustle him off and into enforced vacation? Just occasionally you have the feeling of being personally on the edge of a story and so it was with this book.

Robinson needs a new editor who can slash out the rubbish and smack him down when he tries to over-reach himself. But then one of the centre's clients is brutally murdered, and Elizabeth receives another, more sinister note. Most hangings were suicides, Annie knew, not murders, for the obvious reason that it was very difficult to hang a man while he was still alive and kicking.The river ran swift, broad and shallow here, the color of freshly pumped beer, frothing around the mossy stones. Heavner isn’t exactly mollified when Tempe, aided by retired police detective Skinny Slidell and a host of experts, puts a name to the dead man. BookBrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction—books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

Mark was successful and well liked in the community, but enough remains mysterious about his background that suicide isn't completely out of the question.By no means do I limit myself to those categories, and seek out interesting books in all fields at every opportunity. The theme of manipulation to commit a crime was far more subtly handled, from the staging of Othello to the consideration of how this might work in a gay relationship. I was relieved when Darzek was unexpectedly teleported to the moon while chasing a suspect through one of Universal Trans's teleporter portals. Despite a suspicious lack of cooperation from the local constabulary, Kincaid's keen sense of duty won't allow him to ignore the heinous crime, impelling him to send for his enthusiastic young assistant, Sergeant Gemma James. Another sweltering month in Charlotte, another boatload of mysteries past and present for overworked, overstressed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan.

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