The twenty-fifth instalment of the Number One Bestselling DCI Banks series
'The master of the police procedural.' Mail on Sunday
'Robinson is prolific, but with each book he manages to ring the changes.' Guardian
The body of a young local student is found on a lonely country road. Initially the evidence points to suicide, yet she didn't own a car and she didn't even drive. So how did she get there, where did she die and who moved her?
Meanwhile, a man in his sixties is found dead in a gully up on the nearby wild moorland. He is carrying no identification. The post-mortem indicates that 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 trail gets colder, Annie's father's new partner, Zelda, alerts Banks and Annie to the return of an old and dangerous enemy in a new guise. This is someone who will stop at nothing, not even murder, to get what he wants.
Det. Supt. Alan Banks has two unusual deaths to investigate early in bestseller Robinson's engrossing 25th outing for the Yorkshire policeman (after 2017's Sleeping in the Ground). A young woman with no marks of violence on her, later identified as college student Adrienne Munro, is found in an abandoned car on a country road. Adrienne is dressed up as if for a party, but she has no cell phone or purse. Meanwhile, a male in his mid-60s, later identified as wealthy banker Laurence Hadfield, appears to have died of injuries due to a fall into a gully in the middle of a moor. Oddly, he's wearing a business suit, and, like Adrienne, has no cell phone. As Banks and his capable team go to work interviewing people who knew the deceased, they wonder what could possibly link the two. A third peculiar death provides some answers. Readers expecting a host of suspects and wild plot twists will be disappointed. Those who enjoy methodical police procedurals that build to a logical, satisfying conclusion will be amply rewarded.)
Very good read.
One of Banks’s poorest stories.
Basic investigation took up 90% of book and read like an administration process.
In the end the conclusions of the story were weak and I was glad to reach the finishing post.
Sad really as I have read all of the Inspector Banks books and have become a big fan.
Hoping the next book contains a little more excitement and surprises.