By Peter Robinson
hearth. It violently destroys futures and pasts in a terrified heartbeat, devouring damning secrets and techniques whereas leaving even better mysteries in its foul wake of ash and particles.
The evening sky is ablaze as hearth engulfs barges moored finish to finish on a Yorkshire canal. On board are the blackened is still of 2 humans. One used to be a reclusive and kooky neighborhood artist, the opposite a junkie, a tragic and broken younger lady.
To the professional eye of Inspector Alan Banks, this horror used to be no twist of fate, its technique so merciless and calculated that basically the worst type of fiend can have devoted the darkish act. And it is not lengthy earlier than the fears of Banks and D.I. Annie Cabbot are brutally proven, whilst one other suspicious blaze incinerates a distant trailer within the nation-state . . . and one other solitary lifestyles is gruesomely fed on.
yet is it the paintings of a serial arsonist, or an ingeniously conceived plot to obliterate the path to different heinous crimes? There are stunning secrets and techniques to be exposed within the charred wreckage, grim proof of deadly greed and twisted starvation, and of nightmare occurrences in the inner most confines of relations. A bad suspicion killer's paintings isn't really but performed drives Alan Banks because the hunt intensifies for an elusive, cold-blooded chameleon who may be someone and anyplace.
In fiddling with hearth, award-winning, across the world bestselling writer Peter Robinson can provide a contemporary masterwork of suspense that confirms his status as one of many brightest literary lighting in crime fiction -- a blistering story of homicide and betrayal that's as scary, devastating, and hypnotic as flame itself.
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He looked at Annie and smiled. “I apologize for the mess in advance. ” Annie blew her nose. Banks was hardly surprised to hear that Hurst was a bachelor. “Except your record collection,” he said. Hurst turned and looked at Banks as if he were mad. ” Banks and Annie exchanged glances and followed him up PLAYING WITH FIRE 31 the narrow creaky stairs into a room on the left. He was right about the mess. Piles of clothes waiting to be washed, a tottering stack of books by the side of the unmade bed, many of them about the history of canals, but with a few cheap paperback blockbusters mixed in, Banks noticed, Tom Clancy, Frederick Forsyth, Ken Follett.
What about around the branch? ” “I live a mile away. I don’t spy on them. ” Hurst stood up. ” He looked at Annie and smiled. “I apologize for the mess in advance. ” Annie blew her nose. Banks was hardly surprised to hear that Hurst was a bachelor. “Except your record collection,” he said. Hurst turned and looked at Banks as if he were mad. ” Banks and Annie exchanged glances and followed him up PLAYING WITH FIRE 31 the narrow creaky stairs into a room on the left. He was right about the mess.
The signature “Keith Peverell” was clear enough on both. No connection to “Tom” there, not that he had expected any. Mrs. Aspern returned some minutes later, along with her clearly perturbed husband. “Look,” he said, before any introductions had been made. “I can’t just leave my patients in the lurch like this. ” “I’m afraid not,” said Banks, offering his warrant card. Aspern scrutinized it, and a small, unpleasant smile tugged at the corners of his lips. He glanced at his wife. “Why didn’t you say, darling?
Playing with Fire: A Novel of Suspense by Peter Robinson