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The Summer that Never Was

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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
Author Peter Robinson
Country Canada
Language English
Series Inspector Alan Banks, #13
Genre Crime novel
Publisher Macmillan
Publication date January 2003
Media type Print (Hardback), (Paperback)
ISBN 0-333-90743-4
OCLC Number 59464155
Preceded by Aftermath
Followed by Playing with Fire

The Summer That Never Was is the thirteenth novel by Canadian detective fiction writer Peter Robinson in the multi award-winning Inspector Banks series of novels. The novel was first printed in 2003, but has been reprinted a number of times since. When published in the United States, the novel was re-titled "Close To Home".


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...

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