Peter Robinson, creator of the Inspector Banks novels, dies aged 72

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The transgression writer Peter Robinson has died aged 72, his steadfast has announced.

The Yorkshire-born writer died abruptly connected the 4 October aft a little illness, steadfast Hodder & Stoughton said. Robinson was champion known for his novels featuring Inspector Banks, the archetypal of which was published 35 years ago. The books were adapted into the TV play bid DCI Banks which ran betwixt 2010 and 2016, and starred Stephen Tompkinson successful the titular role.

A full of 8.75m books were sold by Robinson’s UK publishers Hodder & Stoughton and Pan Macmillan during his lifetime, and the books person been translated into 19 antithetic languages. His exertion astatine Hodder, Carolyn Mays, said: “Peter was a operation of each the champion bits of his detective Alan Banks – thoughtful and passionate astir justice, helium had good sensation and a wholly down to world presumption of the world.”

She added that helium was “an immensely talented writer” whose enactment included poesy and abbreviated stories arsenic good arsenic his fashionable thrillers. “His novels are superbly plotted (one reviewer said helium had the precision of Swiss watchmaker) and the settings are vivid and afloat real,” she said. “But it’s the richness and extent of his characters that support the readers – including maine – coming backmost for more.”

Robinson was calved successful Leeds successful 1950, and overmuch of his fabrication was acceptable successful the fictional Yorkshire municipality of Eastvale. The writer emigrated to Canada to proceed his studies aft completing an English grade astatine the University of Leeds, undertaking an MA successful English and originative penning astatine the University of Windsor, wherever Joyce Carol Oates was his tutor, and past a PhD successful English astatine York University successful Toronto.

Robinson was based successful Canada for the remainder of his life, surviving successful the Beaches country of Torontowith his wife, Sheila Halladay, and occasionally teaching transgression penning astatine the University of Toronto.

Fellow transgression writer Val McDermid tweeted astir the news, commenting that she and Robinson were some archetypal published successful the aforesaid year, 1987. “Our paths often crossed, (usually accompanied by beer) successful Canada and his beloved Yorkshire. Condolences to Sheila,” she said.