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One of our masterful crime writers, Peter Robinson, author of Careless Love, the 25th case in the DCI Banks series, shares some of his favourite villains of literature with us, because we all like a good bad-guy, right?

#1 Count Fosco
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Corpulent, crapulent, calculating, cruel, creepy, canary-keeping Count Fosco!

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#2 Auric Goldfinger
Goldfinger by Ian Fleming

Most Bond villains want to take over the world and/or destroy large areas of it for fun and profit. But Goldfinger also cheats at golf!
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#3 Tom Ripley
The Talented Mr Ripley (and others) by Patricia Highsmith

No matter how much we find ourselves rooting for him and hoping he gets away with it, there can be no denying that Tom Ripley is a cold-blooded murderer.
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#4 Hannibal Lecter
Red Dragon (and others) by Thomas Harris

Everybody’s favourite cannibal. Pass the Chianti, please!
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  • Careless Love - by Peter Robinson

    A young local student has apparently committed suicide. Her body is found in an abandoned car on a lonely country road. She didn't own a car. Didn't even drive. How did she get there? Where did she die? Who moved her, and why? Meanwhile a man in his sixties is found dead in a gully up on the wild moorland. He is wearing an expensive suit and carrying no identification. Post-mortem findings indicate he died from injuries sustained during the fall. But what was he doing up there? And why are there no signs of a car in the vicinity? As the inconsistencies multiply and the mysteries proliferate, Annie's father's new partner, Zelda, comes up with a shocking piece of information that alerts Banks and Annie to the return of an old enemy in a new guise. This is someone who will stop at nothing, not even murder, to get what he wants - and suddenly the stakes are raised and the hunt is on.

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