Sleeping in the Ground (Inspector Alan Banks Series #24)

Sleeping in the Ground (Inspector Alan Banks Series #24)

by Peter Robinson


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MICHAEL CONNELLY calls Peter Robinson "an author with amazing empathy, a snare-trap ear for dialogue, and a clear eye for the telling detail."

See why in Sleeping in the Ground, the gripping new novel starring Alan Banks — featuring an opening scene you'll never forget, and a finale you won't see coming.

At the doors of a charming country church, an unspeakable act destroys a wedding party. A huge manhunt ensues. The culprit is captured. The story is over.

Except it isn't. For Alan Banks, still struggling with a tragic loss of his own, there's something wrong about this case — something unresolved. Reteaming with profiler Jenny Fuller, the relentless detective deeper into the crime... deep enough to unearth long-buried secrets that reshape everything Banks thought he knew about the events outside that chapel. 

And when at last the shocking truth becomes clear, it's almost too late.

Packed with twists and turns, heart and soul, this is another triumph from an author "at the top of his game" (LOUISE PENNY).

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The mass shooting of a wedding party outside a Yorkshire church propels bestseller Robinson’s intriguing but slow-burning 24th novel featuring Det. Supt. Alan Banks (after 2016’s When the Music’s Over). In the aftermath, three people are dead, including the bride, and two more later succumb to their wounds. Banks bristles a bit when his boss brings in a profiler, especially when he discovers that it’s forensic psychologist Jenny Fuller, for whom he used to hold a torch. Together, Fuller, Banks, and Banks’s lead detective, Det. Sgt. Annie Cabbot, try to paint a picture of the gunman, but even when they come up with a credible suspect, the discovery only leads to a maze of further possibilities, including motives that have their start decades earlier in connection to another crime. The reader may feel that Banks is too much on the periphery, dealing with the loss of a long-ago lover, as the complex story unfolds around him, but he’s still a mighty force to be reckoned with in crime fiction. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary. (Aug.)

Wall Street Journal

A gripping tale that brings to mind not only old-time Hollywood but also British ‘golden age’ storytelling in the Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier tradition.

Library Journal

DSI Alan Banks and his team are assigned to investigate a mass murder at a wedding in the Yorkshire Dales. Despite a successful manhunt, Banks suspects more is going on. Gripping suspense and Robinson's adroit plotting make this 24th book in the series a must-read for police procedural fans who also enjoy works by Deborah Crombie, Ian Rankin, and Elizabeth George. [See Prepub Alert, 2/20/17.]—ACT

Kirkus Reviews

DS Alan Banks is snapped out of mourning his long-ago first love by a particularly nasty murder spree that interrupts the nuptials at St. Mary's Church.Murder waits on no copper, and Banks (When the Music's Over, 2016, etc.) must put aside his grief over Emily Hargreaves' loss to cancer as he seeks the person who's opened fire on the wedding party of Laura Tindall and Benjamin Kemp. The gunman, equipped with an AR15, kills the bride, her maid of honor, and the father of the groom outright; their wounds neglected by protocols that keep medical personnel from the scene until an armed response team can secure it, the groom and another bridesmaid soon succumb as well, raising the toll to five dead and four wounded, one of them DS Winsome Jackman. A providential witness supplies enough information to send Banks and DI Annie Cabbot, whose father, bohemian artist Ray Cabbot, is crashing with Banks while he looks for new digs, to retired dentist Martin Edgeworth, who seems to tick every box for the shooter—owning an AR15, driving a black RAV4, belonging to a gun club, and shot to death himself. But pathologist Dr. Glendenning's warning that Edgeworth's obvious suicide may actually be murder sends the investigation back to square one, with one additional caveat: the killer is no temperamental hothead but someone who's clearly been planning this massacre for a long time. The usual patient, thorough investigation takes a predictable turn awry when rookie DC Geraldine Masterson ignores Banks' orders and confronts the killer in the hope of saving still another victim—a confrontation whose outcome Robinson's willingness to kill off cast members like Emily Hargreaves leaves in serious doubt. Robinson's interrogations, many of them conducted in pubs, have the rare quality of steadily illuminating and thickening both the speakers and their subjects. The result is a slow-burning intensity that deepens from beginning to end.

Tess Gerritsen

Peter Robinson is a master.

Stephen King

The best series now on the market. Try one and tell me I’m wrong.

Wall Street Journal

A gripping tale that brings to mind not only old-time Hollywood but also British ‘golden age’ storytelling in the Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier tradition.

Wichita Falls

...a page turner. Expect to stay up late. It’s very hard to put down.

Louise Penny

Thrilling-brilliantly plotted, beautifully paced.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062395078
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/15/2017
Series: Inspector Alan Banks Series , #24
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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