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In the Dark Places: An Inspector Banks Novel (Inspector Banks Novels, 22) Hardcover – August 11, 2015
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From the Publisher
Ian Rankin, bestselling author of The Beat Goes On, interviews Peter Robinson
Ian Rankin (IR): Peter, your Inspector Banks books are a gripping mix of police procedural and psychological study. But what drew you to the crime genre and what keeps you there?
Peter Robinson (PR): It was reading crime novels that first drew me to the genre—specifically Simenon, Chandler and Sjowall and Wahloo. Before that I hadn't read much, except for Sherlock Holmes, The Saint and James Bond. Mostly I'd been studying English Literature and reading the classics and a number of modern writers. But when I found out how good so much crime writing was I began to think of it as a challenge and a world of possibilities. I devoured everything I could get my hands on, from Christie to Rendell, and decided I wanted to write about a detective in the north of England where I'm from.
IR: Twenty-two books in, some cop series would be flagging, but you seem to be getting better and better. How attached to Banks are you? Does he still surprise his creator as well as delighting readers?
PR: As long as Banks is still capable of surprising me, I can keep on writing about him. I have enjoyed different projects, such as Before the Poison and No Cure for Love, as well as the short stories, but I’m still excited when I'm writing about Banks and his world, so why spoil a good thing? Perhaps some writers tire of their creations, but I find that I know a little more about Banks with each book, and he's still growing as far as I'm concerned. Retirement reared its ugly head, as it did for Rebus, but I think I've found a way around it. After all, novel time isn't quite the same as real time!
IR: There's a lot of music in your books, and you know I can relate to that! What does music bring to Banks's life, and is his taste your taste?
PR: Music brings a lot to Banks's life, from the tranquility of a string quartet to a thumping Who or Led Zeppelin. It would be really hard to write enthusiastically about music I don't like, so his music is very much to my taste. I decided from the start that I didn't want him to be mired in 50s jazz or Wagner, so I gave him very catholic tastes, which do reflect my own, from Billie Holiday to Lana del Rey and Schubert to Bob Dylan. Sometimes the music reflects certain moods or themes in the books, but not always. And we both know what good book titles song titles make!
IR: And finally—hey, I've got to ask!—can you give us any clues as to what's coming next for Banks. ..and for Peter Robinson?
PR: Ah, yes. Well, I got a bit of an extended deadline this time as my UK publishers have just published No Cure for Love, a standalone novel set in Los Angeles. Published only in Canada in 1995, it will come out from William Morrow in the US in early 2016. I've just been putting the finishing touches to the next Banks novel, which is called When the Music's Over (you’ll know the band)! I don't want to say too much about it except that it interweaves two plotlines and brings DC Geraldine Masterson to the fore. Gerry is relatively new to the team, so this is really her first major investigation and it's a big one. Banks, Annie and Winsome also feature strongly, of course.
“Peter Robinson is a master, and In the Dark Places shows why. Thrilling, sophisticated, and emotionally involving, this is edge-of-your-seat, heart-in-your-throat suspense. A must-read.” -- Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Die Again
“Brilliantly plotted, beautifully paced, it gathers speed and dread until I could barely stand it. Peter Robinson writes with compassion, with depth, with the assurance of a writer at the top of his game.” -- Louise Penny, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Long Way Home and How the Light Gets In
From the Back Cover
One of the world's greatest suspense writers returns with this gripping, powerful new novel featuring Inspector Alan Banks, hailed by Michael Connelly as "a man for all seasons."
All can be found IN THE DARK PLACES.
It's a double mystery: two young men have vanished, and the investigation leads to two troubling clues in two different locations.
As Inspector 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 corpse . . . that of someone who 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. For readers of Michael Connelly, Louise Penny, and Tess Gerritsen, this is a novel to be read with white knuckles and a fast-beating heart.
- Publisher : William Morrow; 1st edition (August 11, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062240544
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062240545
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.16 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,155,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But if I wasn't bored I was horrified at the pages and pages of details about slaughter houses and sadists. I'm not sure exactly how many pages , I kept skipping pages to get past those parts. I don't eat meat for the same reason, I can't take the whole process. Not holier than thou, just my personal choice.
I'm usually insanely loyal to beloved series and ready to forgive a less than stellar individual book. But this was boring, the worst sin a book can be! And the characters seemed bored too. You can safely skip this book without losing the thread of the series. I'm hoping this was a temporary lapse.
I also disagree with the people who felt this book was too gory. I am currently teaching a cadaver lab, and this book is nothing compared to what I've read/seen in morgue, labs, etc. It's interesting how Robinson is able to write a couple of separate stories involving his characters, and have those stories entertwine as they usually come together to solve crimes.
Again, unlike other reviewers I didn't feel like Robinson was on autopilot. If this is his writing on autopilot, I want to be him! There were very new problems built into this book, having to do with rural thievery and the ability to get things over across the Channel quickly to other countries. I'm wondering if this stuff happens in the U.S. I'm sure it does only going down to Mexico or up to Canada. I found the plot to be plausible, and the writing to be enjoyable...and will read more of Robinson in the future.
DCI Banks is just returning from his holiday abroad and can’t wait to get back to the station.
A very expensive tractor has gone missing as well as their main suspect Michael Lane for the taking of the tractor. When the police go to interview his friend Morgan Spencer, they find him gone as well. Then the friend’s caravan is found torched. The suspect’s girlfriend Alex is threatened and doesn’t tell the police because her son Ian has also been threatened.
At the same time, at a nearby abandoned air base, a pool of blood and bits of brain and bone are found in one of the hangars.
The team feels the two cases are connected, but they don’t know how. Then Morgan Spencer’s body is found at the site of a van crash.
After many interviews, much fact chasing and cross-checking their information, the team is now certain that the missing tractor and the missing men are connected. They locate the person responsible for the wounding of Michael’s girlfriend Alex. In the interview room, he wriggles out of any responsibility, but Banks can see that he is nervous.
The connections are made and the name of the killer is revealed. All turns out well after an exciting chase scene, and the gang is rounded up.
This book gets a little tedious in places. I can’t say it is as outstanding as Mr. Robinson’s previous novels. Perhaps, like another reviewer stated Mr. Robinson is tiring of DCI Banks’ adventures. Although well written and plotted, the novel seems to go on and on. The endless speculation got a little tiring. There is too much talking and not enough action.
Nonetheless, I will continue to read Peter Robinson’s novels, as I do very much enjoy them.
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This should have been made more clear.