From theNew York Timesbestselling author comes a riveting collection of short fiction, marked by the piercing psychological insight and brilliant characterization that are hallmarks of his acclaimed novelsEver since the publication of his first mystery featuring Detective Inspector Alan Banks, Peter Robinson has been steadily building a reputation for compulsively readable and perceptive novels that probe the dark side of human nature. Plumbing the territory that he has so successfully staked,The Price of Love and Other Storiesincludes two novellas and several stories featuring the Yorkshire policeman at his finest.In the novella "Going Back," never before published in the United States, Banks returns home for a family reunion, only to find it taking a decidedly sinister turn. In "Like a Virgin," written especially for this volume, Banks revisits the period in his life and the terrible crime that led him to leave London for Eastvale. And in between, the disparate motives that move us to harm one another, from love and jealousy to greed and despair, are all explored with fascinating depth.Edgy and smart, thrilling and suspenseful, this remarkable collection is a must-have for Robinson fans—and any fan of compelling crime fiction.
Peter Robinson was born in Castleford, Yorkshire, in 1950. He received his B.A. Honours Degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds, moved to Canada, and went on to earn his M.A. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor and a Ph.D. in English from York University. His first novel, Gallows View, published in 1987, introduced Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. It was short-listed for a best first novel award in Canada and for the John Creasey Award in the U.K. A Dedicated Man followed in 1988, then A Necessary End and The Hanging Valley in 1989. Caedmon's Song, in 1990, was his first departure from the series. All were nominated for awards. Past Reason Hated, won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel in 1992. Wednesday's Child was nominated for both the CWC Award and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award. Final Account appeared in 1994 and won an Author's Award from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters. No Cure for Love, his second departure from the series, was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award. Dead Right was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award. In October, 1998, Crippen & Landru published a collection of his short stories called Not Safe After Dark and Other Stories. In a Dry Season has been nominated for many awards, including the Edgar. Robinson has also published many short stories in anthologies and in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, including "Innocence", which won the CWC Best Short Story Award, and "The Two Ladies of Rose Cottage", which won a Macavity Award. He has taught at a number of Toronto colleges and served as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor, Ontario, 1992-93.