Robinson, Peter. All the Colors of Darkness.
Robinson is usually one of my favorites, but this Inspector Banks novel was a disappointment. The entire novel seems a departure from Robinson's usual style.
The MI6 angle grated on me for some reason; the murder-suicide plot was convaluted on its own and didn't need the additional complications. The Banks/Sophia relationship was uncomfortable from the beginning and becomes more uncomfortable as the story evolves. The musical references have become stale, and yet there are even more in this novel.
I found this novel darker and somehow less authentic in regard to characters and plot. There seems to be a personal bitterness involved, but nothing rang true for me.
Fiction. Mystery/Police Procedural. 2009. 356 pages.