From the Publisher
"IN A DRY SEASON is a wonderful novel. From Peter Robinson's deft hand comes a multi-layered mystery woven around the carefully detailed portraits of characters all held tightly in the grip of the past. At its heart is Inspector Banks. A man for all seasons, he knows that often the clues to the answers he seeks can be found hidden in his own soul." --Michael Connelly, author of BLOOD WORK "Anyone who loves a good mystery should curl up gratefully with a cuppa to enjoy this rich 10th installment of the acclaimed British police procedural series...Robinson's work stands out for its psychological and moral complexity, its startling evocation of pastoral England and its gritty, compassionate portrayal of modern sleuthing." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Author
As a crime writer, my first thought was, "What an interesting place to discover a body!"
We found no bodies that day, but the idea took hold. First of all, I wanted to create my own place rather than being a slave to the reality, so Thrushcross became Thornfield (Brontk fans will know why), and 1967 became 1953. I also needed a historical focal point for the events that took place there, and I decided on the Second World War.
I had been interested in the war years for some time, specifically the war years in the north of England, where I grew up. Though I wasn't born until five years after it ended, the war cast its long shadow over my childhood, as it does over Inspector Banks's in the novel. We all had identity cards, and rationing, including sweets, was still in effect until 1954.
My father had served in the RAF setting up ground-to-air communications as the allied invasion force advanced through Europe after D-Day, and he brought back all sorts of mementos and photographs. I used to spend hours up in the attic poring over them: a Nazi armband, an SS dagger, photographs of collaborators hanging from second story balustrades in Brussels. I also remembered my mother's story about a stray incendiary bombs falling through our cellar grate and starting a fire.
Leeds was not without its bomb sites, either, and not all of them had been cleared by then. As kids, we used to love to play among the ruined houses, a childhood fascination that young Adam Kelly shares in the book.
Putting the two ideas together-the lost village suddenly brought back into view, and the discovery of a skeleton dating back to the Second World War-along with a lot of research, finally produced In A Dry Season.