Although DCI Banks makes some appearances and is indeed featured on the cover, this whodunit largely stars Annie Cabot and his female staff snowed under with a weird case full of red herrings. Could it be a World War II mystery as human blood is found in a disused hangar, a racial crime as a mixed-race boy disappears, a small matter of theft as agricultural machinery goes missing or something far more sinister as dismembered human body parts turn up among sheep carcasses? All very intriguing.
Two missing boys. A stolen bolt gun. One fatal shot. Three ingredients for murder. When DCI Banks and his team are called to investigate the theft of a tractor from a North Yorkshire village, they're far from enthusiastic about what seems to be a simple case of rural crime. But when a blood stain is found in an abandoned hangar, and two main suspects vanish without a trace, events take a darkly sinister turn. As each lead does little to unravel the mystery, Banks feels as if the case is coming to a dead end. Until a road accident reveals some alarming evidence, thought to be disposed, which throws the investigation to a frightening new level. Someone is trying to cover their tracks - someone with very deadly intent ...
Closing date: 06/09/2018
Peter Robinson’s gift for realistic characterisation is matched by an authentically realised sense of place; landscape is a crucial element in his work. That is very much the case here, where Robinson’s always detailed picture of modern society is developed to an almost forensic degree; it may be read as a straightforward crime thriller, but also functions on a variety of other levels. Banks is a far more complex and interesting figure than that presented in the TV adaptation.
'[Peter Robinson deserves a place] near, perhaps even at the top of, the British crime writers
league' The Times
'It's neither the setting nor even the characters that makes Robinson's work so satisfying, but the plotting of Swiss-watch precision' Independent
'Classic Robinson: labyrinthine plot merged with deft characterisation' Observer
'As always with the excellent DCI Alan Banks novels, you can expect the story to grip you from beginning to end. Choice A real page-turner that confirms Robinson as a master of crime fiction.' Bella Magazine
Publication date: 15/01/2015
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publication date: 31/07/2014
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
|Publication date:||15th January 2015|
|Publisher:||Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire, and now divides his time between Richmond and Canada. There are twenty-two books in the bestselling DCI Banks series – the critically acclaimed crime novels have won numerous awards in Britain, the United States, Canada and Europe, and are published in translation all over the world.Peter Robinson's DCI Banks is now a major ITV1 drama by Left Bank productions. Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart, Ballykissangel) plays Inspector Banks, and Andrea Lowe (The Bill, Murphy's Law) plays DI Annie Cabbot. Peter's recent standalone novel BEFORE THE POISON won the IMBA's 2013 Dilys Award as ...More About Peter Robinson