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Ahead of the publication of his latest novel, Many Rivers to Cross, we asked bestselling author Peter Robinson some questions about his favourite crime writers, his best DCI Banks moments over the years, and the upcoming 26th instalment in the series…


Many Rivers to Cross is the newest installment in your bestselling series featuring the memorable DCI Banks. Can you tell us your favourite detective characters of all time? 

  1. Philip Marlow
  2. Jules Maigret
  3. James Bond
  4. Modesty Blaise
  5. Andy Dalziel

Your new book, Many Rivers to Cross, marks the 26th DCI Banks novel. Can you tell us what your top five Banks moments have been over the years? 

  1. First meeting with Annie (In A Dry Season)
  2. Rescue from burning cottage (Playing With Fire)
  3. Return to childhood home (Going Back/The Summer That Never Was)
  4. Birthday present from son Brian (Many Rivers to Cross)
  5. Dirty Dick’s Amsterdam canal adventure (Dead Right)

Your DCI Banks novels are set in Yorkshire, where you grew up. Can you share some of your favourite spots in Yorkshire to visit? 

  1. York
  2. Richmond
  3. Buttertubs Pass
  4. Semerwater
  5. Tan Hill
  6. Hawes/Gayle
  7. Langsrothdale Chase
  8. Arkengarthdale
  9. Coalsgarthdale
  10. Sedburgh

Who are some of your favourite crime authors to read? 

  1. P.D. James
  2. Ruth Rendell
  3. Georges Simenon
  4. Reginald Hill
  5. Ross MacDonald

If you could invite five guests to a dream dinner party, who would be your top picks? 

  1. Emily Brontë
  2. Bob Dylan
  3. Grace Kelly
  4. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  5. Odysseus

And finally – could you introduce your new book, Many Rivers to Cross, in your own words? 

Many Rivers to Cross is the second book in the ‘Zelda’ trilogy, in which we find out much more about Zelda’s background and objectives, and in which Banks and his team work on the case of a young Middle Eastern boy found murdered in a wheelie bin.