Wednesday's Child (novel)

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Wednesday's Child
Author Peter Robinson
Country Canada
Language English
Series Inspector Alan Banks, #6
Genre Crime novel
Publisher Macmillan
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback), (Paperback)
ISBN 0-330-48219-X
OCLC 47150819
Preceded by Past Reason Hated
Followed by Dry Bones that Dream

Wednesday's Child is the sixth novel by Canadian detective fiction writer Peter Robinson in the multi award-winning Inspector Banks series of novels. The novel was first printed in 1992, but has been reprinted a number of times since. It was the first of Robinson's novels to be shortlisted for the Edgar Award.


When a well-dressed couple, claiming to be social workers, appear at Brenda Scupham’s door, saying they must take her seven-year-old daughter, Gemma, into care after allegations of abuse, Brenda is confused and intimidated enough to hand the child over. But when the couple, Mr Brown and Miss Peterson, fail to bring Gemma home, Brenda realizes she has made a terrible mistake. As the days go by, Detective Chief Inspector Banks begins to lose hope of finding Gemma alive. Then a rambler finds a body in the ruins of an old lead mine, and the two cases begin to converge in a terrifying way, leading Banks to a showdown with one of the most chillingly evil criminals he has ever come up against.

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