The Summer That Never Was
While recuperating from the events of Aftermath on a Greek island, Inspector Alan Banks reads that the bones of his childhood friend, Graham Marshall, have been dug up in a field not far away from the road where he disappeared more than thirty-five years earlier.
Intrigued by the discovery, and still consumed with guilt because of a related incident he failed to report at the time, Banks returns to his hometown in Cambridgeshire and becomes peripherally involved in the investigation, headed by newcomer Detective Inspector Michelle Hart. At the same time, a few counties away, the case of another missing teenager – the son of a famous model and step-son of anex-footballer, is handed to DI Annie Cabbot. Banks shuttles between the two cases far apart in time but perhaps not so far apart in character. When the lives of both detectives are threatened, Banks searches his own memories for clues, until he is finally forced to confront truths he would rather avoid, and finds that, in these investigations, the boundary between victim and perpetrator, guardian of the law and law-breaker is becoming ever more blurred.
A gripping crime novel, set in the present day, The Summer That Never Was is also a gritty and evocative portrait of northern England in the sixties, and an exploration of the nature of memory, the destruction of families, andadolescence.
From the Hardcover edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - EadieB - LibraryThing
This is my favorite Inspector Banks book. I loved the music and poetry references. Enjoyed learning about Brighton Beach and all the concerts from the late 60's. The book focused mainly on two ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - scot2 - LibraryThing
I enjoy all Inspector Banks novels and I enjoyed this one. Extreme political correctness does exist in the UK. I did skim a lot of the diary written by one of the characters. However, the actual story was good and I love the characters of banks and Annie. Read full review