Piece of My Heart (novel)

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Piece of My Heart
Author Peter Robinson
Country Canada
Language English
Series Inspector Alan Banks, #16
Genre Crime novel
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date
June 2006
Media type Print (Hardback), (Paperback)
ISBN 0-340-83686-5
OCLC 64957652
Preceded by Strange Affair
Followed by Friend of the Devil

Piece of My Heart is the 16th novel by Canadian detective fiction writer Peter Robinson in the multi award-winning Inspector Banks series of novels. The novel was first printed in 2006, but has been reprinted a number of times since.


As volunteers clean up after a huge outdoor rock concert in Yorkshire in 1969, they discover the body of a young woman wrapped in a sleeping bag. She has been brutally murdered. The detective assigned to the case, Stanley Chadwick, is a hard-headed, strait-laced veteran of the Second World War. He could not have less in common with - or less regard for - young, disrespectful, long-haired hippies, smoking marijuana and listening to the pulsing sounds of rock and roll. But he has a murder to solve, and it looks as if the victim was somehow associated with the up-and-coming psychedelic pastoral band the Mad Hatters. In the present, Inspector Alan Banks is investigating the murder of a freelance music journalist who was working on a feature about the Mad Hatters for MOJO magazine. This is not the first time that the Mad Hatters, now aging rock superstars, have been brushed by tragedy. Banks finds he has to delve into the past to find out exactly what hornets' nest the journalist inadvertently stirred up.

Television adaptation

The story was filmed as part of the DCI Banks series and first aired in the UK in 2 parts on February 17 and 24, 2014. The teleplay varies considerably from storyline presented in the novel, and includes a different timeframe (the murder takes place in 1988), while the name of the band is changed to The Crystal Kiss.

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