Inspector Alan Banks is a fictional character featured in a series of novels as well as short stories by English-Canadian author Peter Robinson. After working in the Unsolved Crime Squad for the Metropolitan Police in London, Banks got sick and tired of the materialism of the big city, packed his bags and left for the (fictional) town of Eastvale near Yorkshire. He works there as Detective Chief Inspector. The series has been adapted into a television series by ITV called DCI Banks, with the title character played by Stephen Tompkinson.

The Inspector Banks series began in 1987 with the novel Gallows View. Ever since then, Robinson has written approximately one new book per year in the series. Below is a list of Peter Robinson’s Inspector Banks books in order of when they were originally published (and in chronological order):

Publication Order of Inspector Banks Books


Gallows View(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Dedicated Man(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Necessary End(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Hanging Valley(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Past Reason Hated(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Wednesday's Child(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dry Bones That Dream(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Innocent Graves(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead Right(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
In a Dry Season(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cold is the Grave(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Aftermath(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Summer That Never Was(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Playing with Fire(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Strange Affair(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Piece of My Heart(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Friend of the Devil(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
All the Colours of Darkness(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bad Boy(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Watching the Dark(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Children of the Revolution(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Abattoir Blues(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Inspector Banks Short Stories


Going Back(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: Dry Bones That Dream is also known as Final Account. Dead Right was also published as Blood at the Root. The Summer That Never Was is also known as Close To Home. Caedmon’s Song is also known as The First Cut.

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  • Salopfarmer

    couple of errors here – Blood Right was not also published as Dead at the Root, it should be Dead Right was also published as Blood at the Root. Also Caedmon’s Song does not appear in the List though I suppose it is not strictly an Inspector Banks novel, though it is a precursor to Friend of the Devil.

  • SMS

    A novel in the DCI Alan Banks series has been omitted! The novel in the series following “Bad Boy” is “Before the Poison.”

  • SMS

    I apologize! I am in error (not for the first time). “Before the Poison” is a stand-alone novel by Peter Robinson.