What Is the Chronological Order of the Inspector Banks Book Series?


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Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series begins with the book "Gallows View," published in 1987. It was followed by "A Dedicated Man," "A Necessary End" and "The Hanging Valley," all published in 1989. The remaining books in the series came out from 1991 to 2014.

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"Wednesday's Child," "Dry Bones That Dream," "Innocent Graves" and "Dead Right" came out in 1992, 1994, 1996 and 1997 respectively. In 1988, Robinson released a standalone novella and a collection of short stories about Inspector Banks called "Not Safe After Dark." The remaining books in the series came out almost yearly thereafter, ending in 2014 with "Abattoir Blues." As of 2015, Robinson has not announced plans to end the series.

The books center around a police inspector in Yorkshire, England named Alan Banks. The majority of the novels focus on the crimes that Inspector Banks investigates. Less relevant to the plot are Banks' two children and his wife.

Each novel is a standalone story about Inspector Banks, allowing the books to be read out of chronological order, though Banks' character develops over the course of the publication order.

The Inspector Banks series has won the Anthony Award, Edgar Award and Arthur Ellis Award for crime and mystery fiction.

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