- Peter Robinson (novelist)
Castleford, Yorkshirein 1950, he studied at the University of Leedsbefore emigrating to Canada in 1974. He obtained an MA from the University of Windsorand a PhD from York Universityin Toronto. He is best known for his crime novels set in and around the fictional Yorkshire town of Eastvale, and featuring the detective Alan Banks. He has also published a number of other novels and short stories—in 2001, "Missing in Action" won the Edgar Awardfor Best Short Story—as well as some poems and two articles on writing.
Peter Robinson was born in Yorkshire. After getting his BA Honours Degree in English Literature at the University of Leeds, he came to Canada and took his MA in English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor, with
Joyce Carol Oatesas his tutor, then a PhD in English at York University. He has taught at a number of Toronto colleges and served as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor, 1992-93. His first novel, " Gallows View"( 1987), introduced Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. It was short-listed for the John Creasey Award in the UK and Crime Writers of Canada best first novel award. "A Dedicated Man" followed in 1988and was short-listed for the CWC's Arthur Ellis Award. "A Necessary End" and "The Hanging Valley," both Inspector Banks novels, followed in 1989, and the latter was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award. Both received starred reviews in Publishers Weeklyin the US.
"Caedmon's Song," the first departure from the series, was published in 1990 and was also nominated for an Arthur. (It was reissued in the UK by Macmillan in September,
2003, and published for the first time in the US by Dark Passage in September, 2004, as "The First Cut.") The fifth Inspector Banks novel, " Past Reason Hated," won the Arthur Ellis Awardfor Best Novel in 1992. The sixth, " Wednesday's Child," was nominated for an Edgar Awardby the Mystery Writers of America. " Final Account" appeared in 1994and won an Author's Award from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters in 1995.
The eighth Inspector Banks novel, "
Innocent Graves" ( 1996) was picked as one of Publishers Weekly's best mysteries of 1996and selected as "page-turner of the week" by People magazine. " Innocent Graves" was also nominated for a Hammett Award for "literary excellence in the field of crime writing" by the International Association of Crime Writers, and won the author his second Arthur Ellis Award for best novel. " In a Dry Season," the tenth in the series, won the Anthony and Barry awards for best novel and was nominated for the Edgar, Hammett, Macavity and Arthur Ellis Awards. In 2001, it also won France's Grand Prix de Littérature Policièreand Sweden's Martin Beck Award. It was also a New York Times Notable Book of 1999. The next book, " Cold is the Grave," won the Arthur Ellis Award and was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. "Aftermath" appeared in 2002and made the top ten in both the UK and Canadian bestseller lists, where it reached number one.
2002, Robinson was awarded the "Dagger in the Library" by the CWA. The thirteenth, "The Summer that Never Was," appeared on the New York Timesexpanded bestseller list in February, 2003, and on both the UK and Canadian bestseller lists and was nominated for an Arthur Ellis and an Anthony award. The most recent Banks novel, " Playing with Fire," was published in January, 2004. The books have been translated into fifteen languages.
Robinson has also published many short stories. "Innocence" won the CWC Best Short Story Award,
1991. "The Two Ladies of Rose Cottage," which appeared in Malice Domestic 6, edited by Anne Perry, in April 1997, won the Macavity Award and was nominated for both the Agatha and Arthur Ellis awards. His first collection of short stories, " Not Safe After Dark and Other Stories", was published in 1998by Crippen & Landru and in September 2004, in an expanded edition, by McClelland & Stewartin Canada and Macmillan in the UK. "Murder in Utopia" won Robinson his fifth Arthur Ellis Award in 2001, and the same year "Missing in Action" won the Edgar Award.
Robinson lives in the Beaches area of
Torontowith his wife, Sheila Halladay, and he occasionally teaches crime writing at the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies.
Alan Banks Novels
Gallows View" (1987)
A Dedicated Man" (1988)
A Necessary End" (1989)
The Hanging Valley" (1989)
Past Reason Hated" (1991)
* "Wednesday's Child" (1992)
Dry Bones That Dream" (1994) (US title: "Final Account")
Innocent Graves" (1996)
Dead Right" (1997) (US title: "Blood at the Root")
In A Dry Season" (1999)
Cold is the Grave" (2000)
* "Aftermath" (2001)
The Summer that Never Was" (2003) - called "Close to Home" in the US
* "Playing with Fire" (2004)
* "Strange Affair" (2005)
A Piece of My Heart" (2006)
* "Friend of the Devil" (2007)
All The Colours Of Darkness" (2008)
Caedmon's Song" (1990) (US Title: The First Cut)
No Cure for Love" (1995)
Not Safe After Dark" (1998) (short stories) -- "expanded version" released in 2004
* [http://www.inspectorbanks.com/ Peter Robinson's official website]
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