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Abattoir Blues: The 22nd DCI Banks Mystery (Inspector Banks 22) [Hardcover]

Peter Robinson
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31 July 2014 Inspector Banks 22

BANKS IS BACK - AND THE HUNT IS ON.

When two boys vanish under mysterious circumstances, the local community is filled with unease. Then a bloodstain is discovered in a disused World War Two hangar nearby, and a caravan belonging to one of the youths is burned to the ground. Things quickly become much more sinister.

Assigned to the case, DCI Banks and his team are baffled by the mystery laid out before them. But when a motor accident throws up a gruesome discovery, the investigation spins into a higher gear - in another direction. As Banks and his team struggle desperately to find the missing boy who holds the key to the puzzle, they find themselves in a race against time where it's their turn to become the prey . . .


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (31 July 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1444704966
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444704969
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire, and now divides his time between Richmond and Canada. Peter has written twenty-two books in the bestselling DCI Banks series as well as two collections of short stories and three standalone novels, the most recent of which is Number One bestseller BEFORE THE POISON. The critically acclaimed crime novels have won numerous awards in Britain, the United States, Canada and Europe, and are published in translation all over the world.

Peter's DCI Banks is now a major ITV1 drama by Left Bank productions. Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart, Ballykissangel) plays Inspector Banks, and Andrea Lowe (The Bill, Murphy's Law) plays DI Annie Cabbot. The first series aired in Autumn 2011 with an adaptation of FRIEND OF THE DEVIL, the second in Autumn 2012, and the third in February 2014.

Peter's standalone novel BEFORE THE POISON won the IMBA's 2013 Dilys Award as well as the 2012 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel by the Crime Writers of Canada. This was Peter's sixth Arthur Ellis award.

Find out more from Peter's website, www.inspectorbanks.com, or visit his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/peterrobinsonauthor.

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[Peter Robinson deserves a place] near, perhaps even at the top of, the British crime writers' league (The Times)

It's neither the setting nor even the characters that makes Robinson's work so satisfying, but the plotting of Swiss-watch precision (Independent)

Classic Robinson: labyrinthine plot merged with deft characterisation (Observer)

As always with the excellent DCI Alan Banks novels, you can expect the story to grip you from beginning to end. (Choice)

A real page-turner that confirms Robinson as a master of crime fiction. (Bella Magazine)

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The twenty-second novel in Number One bestselling author Peter Robinson's critically acclaimed DCI Banks series.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it 31 July 2014
By BookAddictShaun TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
ARC received in return for an honest review.

It has been a while since I last read a DCI Banks novel but as with all the best British crime series you can pick them up at anytime and jump right into the story. Peter Robinson doesn't waste time going over previous books, certain events are alluded to but not in an overly detailed way that detracts from the story.

The blurb doesn't give all that much away about the story and I won't say too much about it myself as this is a book you should definitely go into not knowing all that much about it. Because what you get is a mystery that will leave you guessing, questioning every character you meet and wondering just what the hell is going on. And to mention how the plot would progress would ruin that experience. Two local men go missing. A caravan belonging to one of them is burned to the ground. A bloodstain is found at an abandoned hangar. DCI Banks and his team are initially introduced to these events through a stolen tractor. Major crimes it is not but the investigation leads them to something much bigger and soon their investigation really kicks off.

The first half of the book isn't particularly fast paced, but what Peter does best is fantastic characterisation and brilliant storytelling so the over the top scenarios you may find in other crime series (usually from the US) aren't needed. His characters aren't perfect, and all have their flaws but ultimately Banks has a pretty solid team of detectives all of whom are likeable and very easy to root for. I particularly like Annie Cabbot. Alongside that of course is the continuation of their personal lives, Banks in particular and his latest love interest. There's also a very funny comment from DCI Banks regarding ITV3.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Good One 2 Aug 2014
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Two crimes seemingly unconnected evolve into a wider problem for Banks and his familiar colleagues. A stolen tractor, a pair of missing males of slightly dubious means and a burned out caravan form the basis for strands of investigation to come together and merge into something a who;e lot more wide scale.

Abattoir Blues is typical of the Peter Robinson pen. Plots are plausible, the individuals believable, though the regular tribulations within the personal lives of Banks and Annie Cabbot are not as prominent as previously. However this doesn't detract, and as expected the novel is easy reading and rapidly completed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Keeping Alan Banks busy... 8 Aug 2014
By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Is there less crime in a rural area than in an urban area? Is London the "wicked big city" with murders and other crimes committed more than in other areas of England? Or does the area of North Yorkshire, both rural and urban, provide enough crime to keep DCI Alan Banks and his police crew busy? It sure seems so in British writer Peter Robinson's latest DCI Banks mystery, "Abattoir Blues".

Peter Robinson's series is a mix of police procedural and psychological study. The police officers - Alan Banks, Annie Cabbot, and Winsome Jackman, among others - are a team that appear in Robinson's books. He looks at the personal lives of these public people and in each book, Robinson advances their lives as he writes about the crimes they solve. It's nice for a reader to "check in" with characters he's followed for many years now and through many books.

"Abattoir Blues" is the story of rural crime. A tractor is stolen from a vacationing farmer's barn and, along the way, people are murdered. An accident of a truck carrying animal remains turns particularly gruesome when human remains are found at the accident site. Good police work ties the stolen tractor in with the murder and as people are questioned, the criminal circle widens. DCI Banks and his team do their duty and give the reader a look at both crimes and criminals AND at the lives of those charged with solving those crimes.

This book is the 20-something in the DCI Banks series. It's not available in the United States; I had to order the book from Amazon/UK. The book is very good, but not the best of the series. For the Peter Robinson fan, "Abattoir Blues" is must-reading. But for the new Robinson reader, I'd advise beginning with an earlier book in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To Fell 20 Aug 2014
By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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"Abattoir: French, from abattre to fell
A slaughterhouse, abattoir i/ˈæbətwɑr/ or meatworks is a facility where animals are killed for consumption as food. Slaughterhouses that process meat not intended for human consumption are sometimes referred to as knacker's yards or knackeries." Wiki

We find DCI Banks returning from a vacation with a new love, Oriana. Everyone in the station seems to know about his love life, DI Annie Cabbot, DC Doug Wilson, DS Winsome Jackman, and DC Gerry Masterson. We know many of them from prior books, but now we get to know them a little better, professionally and personally. An exArmy man gas found what he thinks is blood in an old abandoned hangar, and what at first glance looks like human blood turns into a crime scene. This is a very original storyline. I don't think I have ever read about abattoirs and animal stun guns, and I found it fascinating if not gruesome at times. DI Cabbot is a vegetarian and after this case, I wonder if others turn off from meat, also.

This is the 22nd DCI Banks book, and the author, Peter Robinson has written a remarkable novel. Not the best, but quite acceptable and kept my interest. I think the author has a real knack for crime stories and his knowledge and research into this area certainly shows in his novels. I found several instances of sexist behavior and discussion between Banks and his colleague, Burgess were off putting, but that must be their behavior off hours. A lot of wine is consumed with this criminal team, but it seems to go with the society in which we live. The countryside surrounding North Yorkshire can be bleak and cold, and that comes through loud and clear in the storyline. Some of the murders in this case were brutal, but to prove a point they were well written. It would be nice to see Banks happy and content in a relationship, but as we know his job will always be his first love.

Recommended. prisrob 08-20-14
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