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Dr. Peter Robinson (born 1950) is an English-born, Canadian-based crime writer.


Life and work

Born in Castleford, Yorkshire or Armley, Leeds,[1] in 1950, he studied at the University of Leeds before emigrating to Canada in 1974. He obtained an MA from the University of Windsor and a PhD from York University in Toronto. He is best known for his crime novels set in and around the fictional Yorkshire town of Eastvale, and featuring the detective inspector Alan Banks. He has also published a number of other novels and short stories—in 2001, "Missing in Action" won the Edgar Award for Best Short Story—as well as some poems and two articles on writing.

Peter Robinson was born in Yorkshire. After getting his BA Honours Degree in English Literature at the University of Leeds, he went to Canada and took his MA in English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor, with Joyce Carol Oates as his tutor, then a PhD in English at York University. He has taught at a number of Toronto colleges and served as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor, 1992-93. His first novel, Gallows View (1987), introduced Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. It was short-listed for the John Creasey Award in the UK and Crime Writers of Canada best first novel award. A Dedicated Man followed in 1988 and was short-listed for the CWC's Arthur Ellis Award. A Necessary End and The Hanging Valley, both Inspector Banks novels, followed in 1989, and the latter was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award. Both received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly in the US.

Caedmon's Song, the first departure from the series, was published in 1990 and was also nominated for an Arthur. (It was reissued in the UK by Macmillan in September, 2003, and published for the first time in the US by Dark Passage in September, 2004, as The First Cut.) The fifth Inspector Banks novel, Past Reason Hated, won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel in 1992. The sixth, Wednesday's Child, was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Final Account appeared in 1994 and won an Author's Award from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters in 1995.

The eighth Inspector Banks novel, Innocent Graves (1996) was picked as one of Publishers Weekly's best mysteries of 1996 and selected as "page-turner of the week" by People magazine. Innocent Graves was also nominated for a Hammett Award for "literary excellence in the field of crime writing" by the International Association of Crime Writers, and won the author his second Arthur Ellis Award for best novel. In a Dry Season, the tenth in the series, won the Anthony and Barry awards for best novel and was nominated for the Edgar, Hammett, Macavity and Arthur Ellis Awards. In 2001, it also won France's Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and Sweden's Martin Beck Award. It was also a New York Times Notable Book of 1999. The next book, Cold is the Grave, won the Arthur Ellis Award and was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Aftermath appeared in 2002 and made the top ten in both the UK and Canadian bestseller lists, where it reached number one.

In 2002, Robinson was awarded the "Dagger in the Library" by the Crime Writers' Association. The thirteenth, The Summer that Never Was, appeared on the New York Times expanded bestseller list in February 2003, and on both the UK and Canadian bestseller lists and was nominated for an Arthur Ellis and an Anthony award. The books have been translated into fifteen languages.

Robinson has also published many short stories. "Innocence" won the CWC Best Short Story Award, [1991. "The Two Ladies of Rose Cottage," which appeared in Malice Domestic 6, edited by Anne Perry, in April 1997, won the Macavity Award and was nominated for both the Agatha and Arthur Ellis awards. His first collection of short stories, Not Safe After Dark and Other Stories, was published in 1998 by Crippen & Landru and in September 2004, in an expanded edition, by McClelland & Stewart in Canada and Macmillan in the UK. "Murder in Utopia" won Robinson his fifth Arthur Ellis Award in 2001, and the same year "Missing in Action" won the Edgar Award.

Robinson lives in the Beaches area of Toronto with his wife, Sheila Halladay, and he occasionally teaches crime writing at the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies.



Alan Banks Novels


  • Caedmon's Song (1990) (US Title: The First Cut)
  • No Cure for Love (1995)
  • Not Safe After Dark (1998) (short stories) -- "expanded version" released in 2004
  • The Price of Love: And Other Stories (2009) (short stories)


  1. ^ Peter Robinson: Armley-born writer returns to roots to help budding authors
  2. ^ "Shortlist for Theakston’s Crime Novel of the year Award 2009". 2009-06-02. Retrieved 2009-06-17.  

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