British Canadian crime novelist Peter Robinson dead at age 72


Peter Robinson, the prolific British Canadian crime novelist and creator of the favored Alan Banks sequence of books, has died, his writer confirmed on Friday. The Toronto-based Robinson died on Oct. 4, 2022 at the age of 72.

“Peter Robinson was an extremely gifted author and a beautiful man, and we’re all deeply saddened by his loss,” stated Jared Bland, outgoing writer of McClelland & Stewart, in an announcement. 

Born in England on March 17, 1950, Robinson earned an honours bachelor diploma in English literature at the University of Leeds. He emigrated to Canada in 1974 and continued his educational research in Ontario, pursuing an MA in English and artistic writing at the University of Windsor — with American creator Joyce Carol Oates as his tutor — after which a PhD in English at York University. 

Robinson was finest identified for the long-running Inspector Banks crime fiction sequence, starting along with his first novel Gallows View in 1987, which gained Robinson his first Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award, an award he would go on to win seven instances for his novels and quick tales.

Set within the fictional English city of Eastvale within the Yorkshire Dales, the Inspector Banks sequence of crime novels has been translated into 20 languages. Known because the “grasp of the police procedural,” Robinson’s different books within the sequence embrace Many Rivers to (*72*), Careless Love and Sleeping within the Ground, which gained the Arthur Ellis Award in 2018 in the perfect novel class.

Outside of the Banks sequence, Robinson additionally wrote novels and quick tales together with The Wrong Hands and Other Stories. The Crime Writers of Canada awarded him the Derrick Murdock Award in 2010 for his “contribution of Canadian crime writing” and in 2020 the Grand Master Award “to acknowledge a Canadian crime author with a considerable physique of labor who has garnered nationwide and worldwide recognition.”

In a 2020 interview with The Next Chapter’s Shelagh Rogers, Robinson famous that thriller writing has developed with the instances — and he tailored his writing and the intrepid protagonist Alan Banks together with it.

Listen | Peter Robinson speaks with Shelagh Rogers about novel Many Rivers to (*72*):

The Next Chapter14:48Peter Robinson on Many Rivers to (*72*)

Peter Robinson, who has been known as “the grasp of police procedurals” on his newest Inspector Banks thriller, Many Rivers to (*72*).

“The world has modified so much because the first e-book, Gallows View, and that was revealed in 1987. People did not even have cellphones, there was no DNA evaluation and computer systems have been all of their infancy,” stated Robinson.

“Banks is now in his mid-60s. When he first began, he was in his mid-30s, which is about once I began publishing books. Now our ages are shut, however not precisely the identical. I suppose I dumped a few of my very own life on him. Not the circumstances of it: I’m married and reside in Toronto whereas he is dwelling alone in an remoted cottage. He’s very introspective and is getting very monkish in his habits and I’m not like that at all.

“But actually with age — a way of mortality and introspection — Banks turns into extra philosophical too. Those are all issues that occur as your life circumstances change.”

To date, there are 27 books within the Inspector Banks sequence, the final one being 2021’s Not Dark Yet. The twenty eighth novel within the sequence, titled Standing within the Shadows, is tentatively scheduled for a spring 2023 launch. Between 2010 to 2016, a number of of the Robinson-penned novels have been tailored for British tv, and different unique tales have been produced, below the sequence title DCI Banks.

“His novels, particularly his enduring Inspector Banks sequence, are the sorts of books that transcend their style — they’re crime novels, to make sure, however greater than that they are human novels, anchored by an immensely humane character. Banks loves music, journey, meals, poetry and his household — in these senses, he shared a lot along with his creator,” stated Bland.


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