When an author comes to the 24th book in a series featuring the same character, what on earth does he come up with? In this case, the popular Peter Robinson begins his latest novel with a truly shocking massacre at a wedding. And follows it with a nail-biting search for the killer. Right down to the wire or to the river, as the case may be. DCI Banks and his team have seldom been more stretched. The shooter eludes them all for so much of the novel, until Gerry has a brainwave, which leads to the final solution. “Mark Vincent appears to lack a conscience, or he wouldn’t have been able to do what he did at the wedding. But perhaps his experiences in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, Iraq or wherever else he fought, did that to him. Dehumanised him.” Such a fictional character could only have come from the pen of such a writer, as he searches for a theme for his other well-known people. If you were a devotee of the series when it was aired on ABC television, you will find many differences in the way Banks works, but it doesn’t matter in the least.
SLEEPING IN THE GROUND by PETERROBINSON
PUBLISHED by HODDER & STOUGHTON for a recommended