Peter Robinson’s novels all have a common characteristic or two (or three). All are police procedurals featuring detective inspector Alan Banks, well-prepared and documented. Each, of course, ties up all loose ends, but not as the reader might expect. All are well-written and well-plotted. Wednesday’s Child, an earlier work in this excellent series, is no exception.
The novel ostensibly relates to two cases. One involves the abduction of a seven-year old girl when her mother relinquishes her to a pair of supposed social workers. The other results from the murder of a man recently released from prison. Initially Banks is in charge of the kidnapping, but Superintendent Gristhorpe separates the two cases and takes control of it, at least until they seem to merge with some common characteristics.
The investigations proceed on dual levels, exhibiting another common thread in the series: a step-by-step police procedural carefully following clues and Banks’ gut reactions which naturally turn out to be correct. As with other novels in the series, it is quite enjoyable and is recommended....Continua