I have read everything Robinson has published, and this is far inferior to his first half-dozen novels. He seems to believe that filth and gore equals sales.
By all means read the first six or seven Banks books, but don't bother with the rest.
One of Robinson's best books was a stand-alone, early in his career, called Caedmon's Song, written after his first few Banks novels.
This novel is the tawdriest and yet the most PC yet. Robinson has decreed that almost all of the characters not be men, and so it has come to pass.
Praise for the DCI Banks series - :Near, perhaps even at the top of, the British crime writers' league. - TimesThe Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong.This is vintage Banks - a dogged search for truth which never once loses its grip on its hero's intuition and charm. - Daily MailThe master of the police procedural. - Mail on SundayRobinson is prolific, but with each book he manages to ring the changes. - GuardianBanks' slow but dogged pursuit of murderers and his meditations on the past make him a figure readers feel they know intimately and trust implicitly and, despite moments of darkness, the series warmth makes you feel all's right with the world. - S MagazineRobinson has a unique knack of revealing to the layman the painstaking and ingenious ways in which the numerous experts who work for the police can wheedle out the most infinitesimal clues surrounding a suspicious death. - On Yorkshire Magazine
The twenty-sixth instalment of the internationally bestselling DCI Banks series