A Review of In the Dark Places by Peter Robinson

In the Dark Places: An Inspector Banks Novel

by Peter Robinson

I read my first Inspector Banks book last year. I really liked it. (My review of Children of the Revolution) DCI Banks was the main focus of that book. In the Dark Places shines the spotlight on the rest of his group, and that’s a good thing. I liked getting to know them. It also allows the story to splinter along different tracks. It has many things happening at the same time. You really have to pay attention, because the action jumps around quite a bit. That scene shifting does allow for more tension. It was actually quite exciting and hard to put down. I had expected the slower pace of Children of the Revolution, but this book is a Mystery Thriller, with emphasis on the thriller part.

I was surprised by the contrast in styles of the two Inspector Banks books that I read, so I put a couple of the previous books in the series on hold at my local library. I’m looking forward to reading them. I love the setting in Northern England, with its rural feel and small town type of crime, and the mixture of characters in these books. I want to get to know them better.

I give In the Dark Places 4 1/2 Stars out of 5 and a Big Thumbs Up! If you haven’t been reading the Inspector Banks series, you can start with this one, but don’t stop here, I won’t.

I received a Digital Review Copy from the publisher.

Book Description

In the Dark Places by Peter RobinsonPublished 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.

Book Details

Series: Inspector Banks Novels (Book 22)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (August 11, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062240544
ISBN-13: 978-0062240545
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pound

About the Author

Photo by Niall McDiarmid
Photo by Niall McDiarmid

One of the world’s most popular and acclaimed writers, Peter Robinson grew up in the United Kingdom, and now divides his time between Toronto and England. The bestselling, award-winning author of twenty-two books in the Inspector Banks series, he has also written two short-story collections and three standalone novels. Among his many honors and prizes are the Edgar Award, the CWA (UK) Dagger in the Library Award, France’s Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, Sweden’s Martin Beck Award, and the Danish Palle Rosenkrantz award.


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