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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,329 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Robinson Narrator: James Langton Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Banks Mysteries Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781400182701
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No one dreamed something so hideous could grow in so beautiful a place... Many who visit the valley are overwhelmed by its majesty. Some wish they never had to leave. One didn't: a hiker whose decomposing corpse is discovered by an unsuspecting tourist. But this strange, incomprehensible murder is only the edge of the darkness that hovers over a small rural village and its tight-lipped residents, who guard shattering secrets of sordid pasts and private shames. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks knows that both the grim truth and a cold-blooded killer are hiding here, far from the city, the noise, and safety. And he's determined to walk into the valley of death to expose them both. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Evocative…intriguing…emotionally rich.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Robinson excels in the depiction of character, especially in his portrait of his pleasingly fallible copper. He is steadily ascending toward the pinnacles of crime fiction. Publishers Weekly Starred Review
  • “Complex and unexpected…stylish prose and lean, dramatic storytelling.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “A superior detective…a superior writer.”

    Denver Post

  • “Robinson excels in the depiction of character, especially in his portrait of his pleasingly fallible copper. He is steadily ascending toward the pinnacles of crime fiction.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Robinson renders a happy mixture of English village procedural and Canadian atmosphere…This solid, straightforward title is recommended for most fiction collections.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vionna | 2/3/2014

    " A mystery set in Swainshead where two men were murdered and a young woman has disappeared some years apart. The suspects were all very flawed disturbing characters. This novel was on the darker side, but again well written and plotted "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 1/29/2014

    " D. A. Banks character is always enjoyable, as is picturing the setting. Plot was good but got bogged down in the middle, picked up in the end and to control myself not to read the ending first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla | 1/18/2014

    " Another great book in the Inspector Banks series which keeps you wondering until the end. This book has the added bonus of a trip to Canada. Made me want to visit Yorkshire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/15/2014

    " As always another good Chief Inspector Banks mystery. The small town of Shwainshead is teeming with dead bodies and intrigue but never fear Chief Inspector Banks will sort it all out - eventually. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jailan El-Rafie | 1/15/2014

    " Loved the character description and how each person had his/her special aura, even the old characters. Could have had a bit better ending though. Enjoyable, overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/14/2014

    " Another satisfying Inspector Banks mystery. The character visits Toronto in the course of the investigation and it's fun to read about known Toronto spots from a tourists point of view. I had though Robinson was Canadian but find he was born and schooled in Britain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 12/25/2013

    " One of his earlier books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorraine | 12/15/2013

    " Very good read. Couldn't believe the way it ended! Way to go Peter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pauline | 12/10/2013

    " As usual a good read from this author.These are nice gently murders not to grisly -not that I don't like grisly but makes a change.There is also no gratuitous swearing in them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie Maskus | 12/2/2013

    " #4 of the Alan Banks series set in England. The story was thrilling, the murders were mounting, but the ending was unexpected. I did not like the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 9/4/2013

    " This is an enjoyable series that takes place in a small town in England, with lots of focus on the characters and their personal lives. I find it to be a good relaxing read (even though there's murder involved!). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kadi | 7/5/2013

    " Robinson is good at creating atmosphere, composition, his characters are ok, not too flat or two-dimensional. But he really isn't good at plots. This one was worse than usual. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Windy | 2/11/2013

    " I enjoyed this story from the Insp Banks series but found it a bit too descriptive in parts and it has rather an abrupt end. I like the main characters though so will keep on with the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aram Leary | 1/4/2013

    " A bit slow to get started, it was only at the halfway mark that I even cared what was happening. Picked up the pace eventually, but not the greatest crime novel ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 11/19/2012

    " Enjoyed it - been a while since I read any of the Banks' series. Also good to go back to the 80s and marvel at how much things have changed since then. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen Boyle | 10/4/2012

    " Not bad. The "twist" (if you can call it that) is telegraphed. Reads well, but not enough characters in the book to create much suspense. Nice ending though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Steward | 5/28/2012

    " If you like Morse and Frost you will enjoy Banks. In this outing Banks makes a journey to Canada, which made for an interesting detour. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsti | 11/19/2011

    " Pretty good mystery with an abrupt ending. This book taught me the phrase "running around like a blue-arsed fly." I also liked the bartender's quip that the mayhem was good for business: "Aye, there's nobody drinks like a murder suspect." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashton | 9/4/2011

    " I found this more interesting than A Dedicated Man and A Necessary End, but I was really disappointed by the ending! Also, without giving too much away, one of the characters that Banks seems to favour and also has a soft spot for was so annoying and difficult to like! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Polly | 7/31/2011

    " I'm having a great deal of trouble deciding if I actually like these or not. I do like the Toronto bits of this one--set right near where we lived when I was a child! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 6/15/2011

    " Fairly gothic for Robinson who like a stage director leaves characters and props around that you can just tell will be part of a grisly climax. The detective Banks is not so well developed as in later books in the series, but Robinson has the North Yorkshire town down to its smallest detail. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 6/10/2011

    " Good mystery novel. First one of Peter Robinson's books I have read but I would read more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Polly | 4/25/2011

    " I'm having a great deal of trouble deciding if I actually like these or not. I do like the Toronto bits of this one--set right near where we lived when I was a child! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 10/21/2010

    " An Alan Banks whodunit set in Yorkshire, with a whiff of the bodice ripper. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 10/13/2009

    " Another Inspector Banks who-dunnit set in Northern England. Equal to the others in tone and plot -- worth reading if you like police procedurals. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 8/30/2009

    " #4 of the Alan Banks series set in England. The story was thrilling, the murders were mounting, but the ending was unexpected. I did not like the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 3/26/2009

    " Fairly gothic for Robinson who like a stage director leaves characters and props around that you can just tell will be part of a grisly climax. The detective Banks is not so well developed as in later books in the series, but Robinson has the North Yorkshire town down to its smallest detail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sparhawk | 1/20/2009

    " As usual a good read from this author.These are nice gently murders not to grisly -not that I don't like grisly but makes a change.There is also no gratuitous swearing in them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 6/23/2008

    " Not bad. The "twist" (if you can call it that) is telegraphed. Reads well, but not enough characters in the book to create much suspense. Nice ending though. "

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About the Author
Author Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson is the author of the award-winning Inspector Banks novels, among them a Best Book of the Year from Publishers Weekly, a New York Times Notable Book, and a Page Turner of the Week from People. His novels have reached #1 on the London Sunday Times bestsellers list and hit the New York Times expanded list of bestsellers. His books have won numerous awards, including the Anthony, Barry, Macavity, Martin Beck, and Arthur Ellis awards, among others.

About the Narrator

James Langton, born in York, England, trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Winner of fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, he has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, including the international bestsellers The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud by Julia Navarro, The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield, and The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002.