Sleeping in the Ground

Sleeping in the Ground

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Detective Superintendent Alan Banks is called in to lead the investigation after a shocking mass murder occurs during a wedding outside a small church in the Yorkshire Dales. An exhaustive manhunt ensues and the shooter is run to ground as the investigation follows its inevitable course. But Banks, his colleague DI Annie Cabbot, and the newest and youngest team member, DI Gerry Masterson, are plagued by doubts as to exactly what happened in the churchyard that day, and why. Have they apprehended the right suspect? Is there more to uncover? Struggling with the death of an old flame and the return of profiler Jenny Fuller, a former love interest, Banks is compelled to dig deeper into the suspect's past and motivations, and as he does, he uncovers forensic and psychological puzzles that lead him to long forgotten secrets. It's possible that eventually they'll provide the answers he is looking for, but will he piece together the clues in time?
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780771072703
Characteristics: 374 pages ;,24 cm.

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DSI Alan Banks is determined to track down a gunman after a mass shooting in the thrilling new instalment of Peter Robinson's internationally bestselling series.

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snliem
Nov 09, 2017

I like Banks and agree this book is rather disappointing. Too much irrelevant details so I can afford flying over pages w/o missing any important info.

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aafleming
Oct 16, 2017

As a fan of this author, I am quite disappointed. It seems to be pretty common for long-term series writers for the quality to decline as time goes on. This book has Robinson's usual great atmospheric writing and sense of place, but the plot is outlandish and the characters, including the murderer, stiff and not believable. I also did not welcome the reappearance of the long-gone Jenny Fuller, the dipshit "profiler," as a possible love interest for Banks, even though we are reassured by one of the characters that she is still "a bit of all right," i.e., good enough for the aging Banks to find sexually attractive. Robinson is just getting desperate to keep this series going. He also approaches self-parody with the extensive laundry lists of what Banks eats, drinks and listens to. This has long been a Robinson trademark, but in this book we are treated to a listing of the entire dinner menu; just ridiculous.

Having said all that, even a bad book by Robinson is better than other books by most writers. Fans will still want to read this book, but I would hate for it to be the first book read by someone new to his work.

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chaskaherm
Aug 21, 2017

Of course, one of the problems with having a favorite author is, over time the books seems more and more formulaic. That is clearly the case for me with this novel. Good atmosphere as usual. LOTS of typos.

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