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Summary

The thrilling 25th instalment in Peter Robinson's number one best-selling Banks series, in which Banks and his team find themselves with two suspicious deaths.

A young local student has apparently committed suicide. Her body is found in an abandoned car on a lonely country road. She didn't own a car. Didn't even drive. How did she get there? Where did she die? Who moved her, and why?

Meanwhile a man in his 60s 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 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 inconsistencies multiply and the mysteries proliferate, Annie's father's new partner, Zelda, comes up with a shocking piece of information that alerts Banks and Annie to the return of an old enemy in a new guise. This is someone who will stop at nothing, not even murder, to get what he wants - and suddenly the stakes are raised and the hunt is on.

©2018 Peter Robinson (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Good but a fair amount of waffle

Good Banks book,marred by a lot of unnecessary waffle. If I had read the book expect I would of jumped the waffle which added nothing to story but good direction /setting if read as tv script.Story itself well done, listened while walking at the gym ,

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My favourite so far.

I've read all of the DCI Banks stories and I think this is my favourite so far. Well crafted, good attention to detail and characters that I feel I know. A definite recommendation from me.

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Classics Banks/Robinson

I enjoyed this book; it has all the classic ingredients I have come to expect. The story unfolds steadily, luckily with some summing up here and there. I like following Banks through his life and girlfriends and that he is coming to the realisation that beautiful young women he is attracted to are now often as young as his own daughter but am glad he still has a twinkle in his eye. Will he get back with Annie in his old age and would she want him? I like it that nothing in the story is black and white and Banks reflects on human folly at the end. I could see the book ending without knowing what happened to Zelda but she came in at the last moment, so I hope Robinson is writing the next book!

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Another excellent Banks.

Another excellent story, Peter Robinson never disappoints. The reintroduction of an old adversary is perhaps the prelude to the next novel?

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entertaining

yet another fantastically great listen. leaves one waiting in keen expectation for the next book. Can't recommend highly enough.

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DIRE

I have many of the Inspector Banks audible books and thoroughly enjoyed them. This one is far from his best. I thought I was listening to a music catalogue. He comments on the music in the pub, in the car, a suspect looks like a young Joan Baez, now it’s Russian poetry. If you are trying to turn Banks into Morse. Don’t. The story was weak, dragged out and at times boring. In the next one let him run of with Zelda and buy a music store. Retire. This book is going back.
So disappointing.

Lizzie

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OK but not his best.

Enjoyable listen, fairly routine plot no big surprises nevertheless engaging. Will continue with the series.

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Peter Robinson never fails to deliver

superb as usual with very current references ,
Simon Slater perfect narration as ever ,can't wait for superintendent bank's next case

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Banks

Peter Robinson has written another great Banks mystery keep it going Peter we love it

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Another good Banks novel...

A few reviews had called the plotting in this one obvious. I tend to agree but don't think it distracts from the story or that Robinson was intending it to be some form of locked door Christie-esque finale. The writing and characters carry you along. Two things to note - there seems to be a lot of police work carried out in the pub and the
Music and poetry snobbery. Okay Peter. We get it. You know a lot about both. But if you're going to drop in so much of it tell us a bit about it please!

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  • sally earl
  • 10-08-18

Not as good

I have read all the DCI Banks books and loved every one of them but this one disappointed me. I figured out the plot very early on in the book so it was all a bit “ho hum” and there is far too much reference to his music. I got sick of hearing about what he was listening to and what he was drinking. Just not up to his usual standards in my opinion. Will it stop me listening to his books. ? No way but hope the next one is more gripping.