Peter Robinson, creator of Inspector Banks novels, dies aged 72 | Books

Crime writer Peter Robinson has died aged 72, his publisher has announced.

The Yorkshire-born author died suddenly on October 4 after a brief illness, publisher Hodder & Stoughton said. Robinson was best known for his novels featuring Inspector Banks, the first of which was published 35 years ago. The books were adapted into the DCI Banks television drama series which ran between 2010 and 2016, and starred Stephen Tompkinson in the lead role.

A total of 8.75 million books were sold by Robinson’s British publishers Hodder & Stoughton and Pan Macmillan during his lifetime, and the books were translated into 19 different languages. His editor at Hodder, Carolyn Mays, said: “Peter was a combination of all the best bits of his Detective Alan Banks – thoughtful and passionate about justice, he had good taste and a totally down to earth outlook of the world.”

She added that he was “an extremely talented writer” whose work included poetry and short stories as well as his popular thrillers. “His novels are superbly plotted (one reviewer said he had the precision of a Swiss clockmaker) and the sets are vivid and fully real,” she said. “But it’s the richness and depth of his characters that keep readers – including me – coming back for more.”

Robinson was born in Leeds in 1950, and much of his fiction is set in the fictional Yorkshire town of Eastvale. The author emigrated to Canada for further education after earning a degree in English at the University of Leeds, undertaking an MA in English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor, where Joyce Carol Oates was her tutor, then a doctorate in English at York. University of Toronto.

Robinson was based in Canada for the rest of his life, living in the Beaches neighborhood of Toronto with his wife, Sheila Halladay, and occasionally teaches crime writing at the University of Toronto.

Fellow crime perpetrator Val McDermid tweeted about the news, commenting that she and Robinson were first published in the same year, 1987. “Our paths have often crossed (usually accompanied by beer) in Canada and his beloved Yorkshire. Condolences to Sheila,” she said.

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