Abattoir Blues

Abattoir Blues

Book - 2014
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Published in the United Kingdom and Canada as Abattoir Blues

Louise Penny calls In the Dark Places "brilliant." Tess Gerritsen says it's "thrilling." And Michael Connelly describes Peter Robinson as "amazing." One of the world's greatest suspense writers returns with this sensational new novel featuring Inspector Alan Banks, hailed by Michael Connelly as "a man for all seasons."

It's a double mystery: Two young men have vanished, and the investigation leads to two troubling clues in two different locations.

As 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 body--a body that 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.

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, McClelland & Stewart,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062240545
Branch Call Number: MYS F ROB
Characteristics: 367 pages ; 24 cm


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tomato Oct 05, 2017

Excellent addition to the Inspector Banks series!

Feb 19, 2017

A fast paced novel that starts with the two plots of a stolen tractor and two missing men that are eventually connected with solid police work, lots of solid interviewing skills and the usual twists and turns. It was nice to see Winsome and Cabbot taking on lead roles with some interesting character developments for the former.

Apr 24, 2016

Another DCI Banks police novel - maybe I've read too many in this series cause this one was a real bore. The storyline and characters involved in the mystery were uninteresting and flat, and even the regular principals seemed to sleepwalk thru this one. It was a challenge to read the whole book, unusual for a Robinson novel.

Mar 23, 2015

I wondered if I was the only one who felt that Peter Robinson's former books were better. This one didn't hold my attention as much as the previous books I've read of his. Part of it being, I think, that I didn't know what an abattoir was.

Feb 01, 2015

I really enjoy Peter Robinson's books, and this was good, if somewhat gruesome in parts. If you are a vegan, vegetarian or animal lover, you might want to pass on this one.

Jan 10, 2015

I have always enjoyed this author, but I found this story based on a gruesome premise that was repeated needlessly. I prefer the more mellow Alan Banks.

Nov 25, 2014

This one is OK, but the key breaks in the story rely on technology and Banks' networking with old colleagues - which is probably the way things are solved in the real world nowadays, but somehow seems too convenient when faced with so many "dead-ends". Support characters Annie Cabbot and Winsome Jackman are developed more in this story - which may be leading up to Alan Banks retirement soon? He's got to be well over 60 by now.

Sep 17, 2014

Have to agree with previous comment that proof reading is really bad. In this digital age it appears nobody reads the authors draft before it hits the presses..

Aug 30, 2014

Peter Robinson with DCI Banks does it so well. A very nasty organised crime ring is uncovered in the process of finding out why two youths disappeared from the same area in the Yorkshire dales.It made a good if gory read and will make good TV. Only a shame about the proofreading.

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