In the Dark Places

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In the Dark Places

Inspector Banks Novels, #22

Stretching to 22 titles, this latest Inspector Banks adventure finds the Yorkshire police official and his staff tasked with a case of simple vehicle theft that grows into something far more serious.

The two individuals implicated in the theft have disappeared and the subsequent discovery of a burned out van and bloodstains in an abandoned World War II airport hanger suggest that this is now more than a simple case of grand theft auto.

When a truck slides off an icy road in a hailstorm, the authorities discover two corpses, but only one of them died as a result of the accident. With the weather getting worse and the body count mounting, Banks realizes that he must step up the intensity of the investigation because someone is intent on covering his tracks no matter the cost.

Peter Robinson’s writing awards include both an Edgar and England’s the CWA Dagger prize. His best selling Banks novels have been adopted for the ITV series “DCI BANKS” which is presently in its fourth season airing on PBS in the United States.

Those who enjoy police procedural stories set in England and laced with psychological elements will find this series a very satisfying read. If you haven’t discovered Inspector Banks yet, begin with “In Dark Places” and then try some of the earlier adventures.

Book Blurb for In the Dark Places

Published in the United Kingdom and Canada as Abattoir Blues

Louise Penny calls In the Dark Places "brilliant." Tess Gerritsen says it's "thrilling." And Michael Connelly describes Peter Robinson as "amazing." One of the world's greatest suspense writers returns with this sensational new novel featuring Inspector Alan Banks, hailed by Michael Connelly as "a man for all seasons."

It's a double mystery: Two young men have vanished, and the investigation leads to two troubling clues in two different locations.

As Banks and his team scramble for answers, the inquiry takes an even darker turn when a truck careens off an icy road in a freak hailstorm. In the wreckage, rescuers find the driver, who was killed on impact, as well as another body—a body that was dead well before the crash.

Snow falls. The body count rises. And Banks, perceptive and curious as ever, feels himself being drawn deeper into a web of crime, and at its center something—or someone—dark and dangerous lying in wait.

Vibrating with tension, ingeniously plotted, and filled with soul and poignancy, In the Dark Places is a remarkable achievement from this masterful talent.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2016 4.00