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Sleeping in the Ground: DCI Banks 24



By: Peter Robinson(Author)

Language: English

Genre: Biography

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (13 July 2017)

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The original title of the book: Sleeping in the Ground: DCI Banks 24

A terrible crime. No obvious motive.
Banks is on the case.

'Top-notch police procedure' - Jeffery Deaver

A shocking mass murder occurs at a wedding in a small Dales church and a huge manhunt follows. Eventually, the shooter is run to ground and things take their inevitable course.

But Banks is plagued with doubts as to exactly what happened outside the church that day, and why. Struggling with the death of his first serious girlfriend and the return of profiler Jenny Fuller into his life, Banks feels the need to dig deeper into the murders, and as he does so, he uncovers forensic and psychological puzzles that lead him to the past secrets that might just provide the answers he is looking for.

When the surprising truth becomes clear, it is almost too late.

The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong. (Stephen King)Top-notch police procedure (Jeffery Deaver)A mighty force to be reckoned with in crime fiction (Publisher's Weekly)Peter Robinson has for too long, and unfairly, been in the shadow of Ian Rankin; perhaps PIECE OF MY HEART, the latest in the Chief Inspector Banks series, will give him the status he deserves, near, perhaps even at the top of, the British crime writers' league. (The Times)Classic Robinson: labyrinthine plot merged with deft characterisation (Observer)Long may Peter Robinson keep writing these books! I envy anyone who has not yet discovered this series (Breakaway Reviews)Robinson's interrogations, many of them conducted in pubs, have the rare quality of steadily illuminating and thickening both the speakers and their subjects. The result is a slow-burning intensity that deepens from beginning to end (Kirkus Reviews)Robinson also has a way of undercutting the genre's familiarity. With a deceptively unspectacular language, he sets about the process of unsettling the reader. (Independent)A canon that is on the way to rivalling Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot . . . Superbly textured, this dark story reveals that Banks is growing even more suspicious and melancholy as he grows older - which makes him even more captivating. (Daily Mail)

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  • By soobee on 14 September 2017

    Sensational opening (obviously with television series in mind). I find myself liking Banks less and less, and I did swear last time I wouldn't pay full price for another book -but the opening grabbed me! (so job done Mr R) On a technical note (I'm only joking) I was at Silver Royd secondary school in 1964 in a very small year group and Wendy and Maureen definitely weren't there!!I found Bank's maudlin mulling over of his "first love" annoying and irrelevent and whilst there was a bit less this time the references to music and wines are still annoying (I skip over them). The poetry references are also pretentious , are they supposed to show what a sensitive man Banks is? All in all not a bad read, if a little predictable. I think Jenny Fuller turning up again was unlikely but perhaps timely, she and Banks can get married and ride off into the sunset (Lake District-Wordsworth country?)

  • By Greg Chapman on 14 September 2017

    Received this last week. have just finished reading it. Have now got all Peter Robinson's books plus all the TV programmes of Banks.Yes, some people might find a shooting at a wedding very unlikely, but what about the old saying that truth is stranger than fiction? This is one reason why Banks is so good- the plots are nearly always unpredictable, and Peter Robinson does not disappoint in that sense.I can also relate to Bank's (and Robinson's) musical taste, particularly as I was born in 1961. Being a Yorkshireman, I can also relate to the weather Banks describes in the books. I also think Mr Robinson does a lot of research before he writes his books. This is another thing which makes his books readable!In short, a good read. and the large print is useful to people with poor eyesight if they like reading!

  • By Boyd on 14 September 2017

    This is a welcome return to the style of the early books, or those that came before that dreadful TV series which other than the names of the characters, bears no resemblance to the stories. It's set me wondering whether the author has actually been writing books as scripts which will work for TV, but in doing so, has lost so much of what was compelling about the titles that came before Bad Boy. These earlier books, starting with the wonderful Gallows View slowly developed the complex character of Banks, his working and personal relationships, set against the scenic backdrop of the Dales and North Yorkshire. The crime was almost an incidental distraction. Despite this complexity of character, there is a simplicity within the writing that brings with it a warmth which has made the books such a good read. Thankfully, Sleeping In The Ground follows that original pattern, and really makes the most of the locations and characters, with even a reprise appearance for Banks' old boss, Superintendent Gristhorpe. The plot itself is a bit thin, with some obvious red herrings that the police seem silly to miss, and there is too much emphasis on the procedural aspects of an investigation for my liking, but it's a reasonable read. Perhaps not the best Banks story, but at least back where he belongs. I just wish the TV people would produce something of similar quality to the Inspector Morse series - it would be great to see Richmond at centre stage!

  • By Mr. Andrew Robinson on 11 September 2017

    Some authors can become a bit jaded writing a lengthy series about one individual. Not Peter Robinson, in fact they get better with each book. If you are new to his work start at the beginning and enjoy reading the trials and tribulations which are the life of Alan Banks. Admittedly the first couple in the series are a bit slow, but stick with them as they are worth it. My one concern is how much longer Robinson can keep writing about Banks as by my reckoning he is now 65 and must be due for retirement.

  • By C A PEPPER on 27 July 2017

    I have all of these books and this latest one is as brilliant and absorbing as all the others. The story is as usual gripping and fast moving I don't want to put it down but I have to get some sleep. I hope he is working on his next book

  • By Mr. R. E. Glasgow on 26 August 2017

    I have now read all the DIV Banks books and this one didn't disappoint me. I just can't wait for the next one to come out. Another great gripping story

  • By Kindle Customer on 16 July 2017

    I enjoy this story well told but being an ardent fan I figured out the killer half way through but this did,nt spoil the enjoyment

  • By Sheena.ingham on 16 July 2017

    Another brilliant read from one of the thriller writer greats. Peter Robinson never fails to keep the reader in suspense.

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