Innocent Graves (Inspector Alan Banks Series #8)

Innocent Graves (Inspector Alan Banks Series #8)

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by Peter Robinson, Ian Abercrombie
     
 

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Peter Robinson puts Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks onto a crime that has thrown a small town into upheaval, revealing lies and secrets that have nowhere to hide... He had seen crimes just as brutal in London, but somehow the murder of a teenage girl seemed more shocking to Detective Chief Inspector Banks in the village of Eastvale. Deborah Harrison was found in… See more details below

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Peter Robinson puts Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks onto a crime that has thrown a small town into upheaval, revealing lies and secrets that have nowhere to hide... He had seen crimes just as brutal in London, but somehow the murder of a teenage girl seemed more shocking to Detective Chief Inspector Banks in the village of Eastvale. Deborah Harrison was found in the churchyard behind St. Mary's, strangled with the strap of her school satchel. But Deborah was no typical teenager. Her father was a powerful microelectronics financier who ran in the highest echelons of industry, defense, and classified information. And Deborah, it seemed, enjoyed keeping secrets of her own, taunting her friends with teasing smiles that said I know something you don't. A harmless game among school chums - but positively deadly in the company of a killer...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Moving his ever dependable Yorkshire-based copper, Alan Banks (Final Account, 1995, etc.), to the periphery of this work, the equally dependable Robinson focuses instead on the tragic plight of a possibly innocent man charged with murder. In the process, Robinson adds another level of nuance to his already fully dimensioned fiction and takes a quantum leap as a writer. A schoolgirl is murdered on church ground. Her school bag is left open, and her clothes are disturbed. The local vicar is already embroiled in a sex scandal, and his adulterous wife is wandering drunkenly through the grounds when the body is found. Without a decent motive, but with a plethora of damning evidence, Banks is led to one Owen Pierce, a moody young schoolteacher. Pierce is revealed as a man with enough minor aberrations in his life to fashion a believable criminal. His smutty tastes in literature, photography and teenage women invite easy condemnation, and he is further burdened with a past lover who nurses a deep grievance against him. If Banks has occasionally appeared a shade too decent and placid in past works, this eighth appearance finds him with a new, sharper edge. Banks is still a kindly enough soul, but he knowingly occupies a world that has suddenly become more richly treacherous. (Aug.)
Kirkus Reviews
Yorkshire Chief Inspector Alan Banks's eighth case (Final Account, 1995, etc.) is a particularly sad affair: the strangling of Deborah Harrison, a choirgirl who liked chess and horses, in St. Mary's cemetery. There's not far to look for suspects: Daniel Charters, the vicar of St. Mary's, is reeling under the accusations of sexual advances by the Croatian sexton he dismissed; the sexton himself acts furtive and defensive; and Deborah's ex-boyfriend, John Spinks, is a lowlife who seems to have a problem with rules of any sort. But under the gun of the new Chief Constable, an old friend of Deborah's titled father, Banks and his men zero in on English teacher Owen Pierce, and Pierce—whose flamboyant liaison with adventurous model Michelle Chappel seems to have been an undress rehearsal for the role of crazed sex killer—endures the agonies of interrogation, arrest, arraignment, and trial before a jury narrowly frees him to return to his shattered life, his lynch- minded neighbors, and suspicion of having committed a second murder with all the earmarks of the first. The whole plot would seem deeply old-fashioned if the characters, from go-getting Inspector Barry Stott to the vicar's embattled wife, didn't keep pulsing and seething with startling life.

A standout performance from one of the last and finest masters of the understated British procedural, with plenty of passion to understate.

San Diego Union-Tribune
“Splendid.”
Sunday Telegraph
“Different and intriguing.”
Orlando Sentinel
“Suspenseful and engrossing.”
Houston Chronicle
“a skillful writer…”
Washington Post
“This one is entertaining and sophisticated, crime writing of a high order.”
Independent
“Cunning…authentic and atmospheric.”
Boston Globe
Peter Robinson is:“a gifted creator of fully fleshed and vividly present characters.”
Seattle Times
“So readable…”
London Sunday Times
“Complex and intelligent.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Exquisitely complex and atmospheric.”
Time Out London
“Taut, carefully thought out…with plots that are refreshingly cliché-free.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“The equal of legends in the genre such as P.D. James and Ruth Rendell.”
New York Times Book Review
“[A] painful but enlightening journey into the past.”
Dennis LeHane
The novels of Peter Robinson are:“chilling, evocative, deeply nuanced works of art.”
Nevada Barr
“Stunningly complex and intricately plotted....Peter Robinson fools and entertains me with every twist.”
From the Publisher
"Entertaining and sophisticated, crime writing of a high order." —The Washington Post

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568760605
Publisher:
Soundlines Entertainment, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/1996
Series:
Inspector Alan Banks Series, #8
Edition description:
2 Cassettes
Product dimensions:
4.13(w) x 7.03(h) x 0.64(d)

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Dennis LeHane
The novels of Peter Robinson are:“chilling, evocative, deeply nuanced works of art.”
Nevada Barr
“Stunningly complex and intricately plotted....Peter Robinson fools and entertains me with every twist.”
From the Publisher
"Entertaining and sophisticated, crime writing of a high order." —-The Washington Post

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