A Dedicated Man is the second DCI Banks novel from Peter Robinson and I have to say, it was thrilling from the start.
In this story a local man is found murdered and DCI Banks is called in to solve the crime. With apparently no enemies and no obvious motive Banks is going to have trouble from the start.
The investigation has Banks questioning all of the victims friends including his wife, still no clues are apparent and Banks is at a dead-end. However one girl may know more than she thinks she does and could be putting herself in grave danger.
Convinced everyone is hiding something Banks pushes the investigation up a gear and still finds himself getting nowhere. Questioning the victim’s friends about the past they all shared ten years ago could be the key to the entire crime, and could also dredge up memories that people would rather stayed hidden.
Peter Robinson has created this story so that everyone is cast under a cloud of suspicion and it isn’t until the very end that the culprit and the motive are made clear, which for me is a really clever way of keeping the story alive and full of suspense. A great book, definitely worth a read.