|I swear I will never read a "series," but I got hooked on the DCI Banks mysteries on PBS this Winter and as good as they are, a film leaves out so much character and language in order to advance the plot, that I knew I had to "read." I also felt like I came in "in the middle of someone's life," because the titles that have been on tv are newer works and I had to go back to where it all began, in The Gallows View, published in 1987. In this first of many novels, Alan Banks leaves big city life in London for Yorkshire (where the author grew up, by the way) and hopes for a little peace and quiet. Instead a local "Peeping Tom," neighborhood toughs, murder and more, shake the peace of this quiet village. No more details - read and enjoy.