“Before you discovered DCI Banks, Detective Arvo Hughes was on the case in this vintage standalone crime thriller from Peter Robinson.”
No Cure For Love
Hodder & Stoughton
Before you discovered DCI Banks, Detective Arvo Hughes was on the case in this vintage standalone crime thriller from Peter Robinson.
In 1990s Los Angeles, the beautiful star of a hit TV cop show is being sent strange letters.
At first, Sarah Broughton dismisses the letters as the ramblings of a lonely fan. But when the letters take on a disturbing tone and Sarah discovers a body in the sand outside her Malibu beach house, the experts are brought in.
Working as a detective in the LAPD Threat Management Unit, Arvo Hughes has seen it all before: stalkers, love obsessionals, erotomaniacs – willing to kill themselves and their supposed love objects over their devotion. He knows the language they use and the patterns they follow.
But there is no pattern to follow here. Dealing with a highly unpredictable but extremely violent killer, Arvo feels certain Sarah’s stalker must have met her before. But with the squeaky-clean star doing all she can to keep memories of a shady history locked away, Arvo must delve into her past himself.
I must confess I have never come across the author Peter Robinson or the DCI Banks mysteries, so for me this was my first experience of reading this author; I had no expectations. Now I have had taste of his writing I have nothing but praise for Robinson’s writing and a desire for the author to continue to write about the protagonists in this novel in a new series and to read the DCI Banks novels. My Wish List has just jumped an enormous twenty odd books! What have you done Peter Robinson? (But let me share a secret with you – nothing gives me greater reading pleasure than discovering a new author who is already successful and highly regarded and who has already written many many books (and Police Procedurals are one of my favourite genres). I love to collect an entire series and then read one after the other – what a gift I am sometimes lucky enough to indulge in.
This book – well written, great characters, twists and turns you won’t see coming and locations that are written like an image on a 3D map – real and visual. The narrative talks to a time that most have some awareness of the 1990’s – a heady time of excesses, fame, drugs and wealth… and the words of the master, Leonard Cohen, echo in my mind, “There aint no cure for love…”