The Summer That Never Was

For the year (1816) in which severe summer climate abnormalities caused average global temperatures to decrease drastically see Year Without a Summer (also known as The Summer That Never Was)

The Summer That Never Was is the 13th novel by Canadian detective fiction writer Peter Robinson in the Inspector Banks series. It was published in 2003, and re-titled Close To Home in the US. It was nominated for the 2004 Anthony Award for 'Best Novel'.


A skeleton has been unearthed. Soon the body is identified, and the horrific discovery hits the headlines . . . Fourteen-year-old Graham Marshall went missing during his paper round in 1965. The police found no trace of him. His disappearance left his family shattered, and his best friend, Alan Banks, full of guilt. That friend has now become Chief Inspector Alan Banks, and he is determined to bring justice for Graham. But he soon realises that in this case, the boundary between victim and perpetrator, between law-guardian and law-breaker, is becoming more and more blurred...


    External links

    • Dedicated page on author's website, with extract
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