Sleeping in the Ground

Sleeping in the Ground

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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).

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLuxe, [2017]
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition.
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9780062670854
0062670859
Characteristics: xii, 526 pages

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drawgers
Nov 22, 2017

I thought this was another fine book in the Inspector Banks series. How it compares with previous books is less important to me than whether it was entertaining when I read it. And it is very entertaining due to the strong characters Peter Robinson has created and the story lines of all the books in the series. I look forward to more of them.

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jonnyquick
Nov 21, 2017

Very pedestrian. Way too many musical references (do we need to know every song and album Banks plays) and too many food references (just tell us he had dinner - we don't need to know the whole menu). Like many older authors, Peter Robinson appears to be headed for the end of this series and this will likely be my last go at an Inspector Banks book. (technically now Detective Superintendent) Sorry to say that I found it to be exceedingly boring.

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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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