His fans include Stephen King, Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, Ian Rankin, and Louise Penney. He has won acclaim and numerous international prizes and awards, including the Edgar. Now, Peter Robinson, one of the world’s greatest suspense writers, returns with a powerful mystery in which his legendary Detective Superintendent Alan Banks must solve two perplexing crimes.
Two suspicious deaths challenge DS Alan Banks and his crack investigative team.
A young local student’s body is found in an abandoned car on a lonely country road. The death looks like suicide, but there are too many open questions for Banks and his team to rule out foul play. The victim didn’t own a car. She didn’t even drive. How did she get there? Where—and when—did she die? Did someone move her, and if so, why?
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 that he died from injuries sustained during a fall. Was it an accident—did he slip and fall? Or was he pushed? Why was he up there? And why are there no signs of a vehicle near where he fell?
As the inconsistencies multiply and the mysteries surrounding these two cases proliferate, a source close to Annie reveals a piece of information that shocks the team and impacts the investigations. An old enemy has returned in a new guise—a nefarious foe who will stop at nothing, not even murder, to get what he wants.
With the stakes raised, the hunt is on. But will Banks be able to find the evidence to stop him in time?
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.
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Too Much With The Music
Love the Inspector Banks series and have read them all.Like any author or a series, some are better than others.
I have to admit that the constant referencing to music is starting to drive me nuts. There must have been thirty incidents in this book that Banks is listening to some music.
I get it. Banks is an audiophile . I don't need to be reminded every twenty pages or so.