In a Dry Season, winner of the Anthony Award, is an outstanding example of mystery fiction. Peter Robinson's Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks conjures up memories of classic detectives like Philip Marlowe and Sherlock Holmes. An insufferable drought ravages the Yorkshire countryside, depleting the Thornfield Reservoir, revealing the remnants of the flooded town of Hobb's End and the terrible secrets kept safe within its watery tomb. Amongst the ruins, the remains of a woman's body are discovered. Detective Banks deduces that the woman was strangled and repeatedly stabbed more than 50 years ago. His investigation takes him on a treacherous quest to bring a killer, who has escaped detection for over a half a century, to justice. Robinson pushes the boundaries of the genre by giving listeners fresh insights into the myriad nuances of crime fiction. Ron Keith immerses himself in his multiple roles and superbly voices the novel's complexities.
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by Peter Robinson
"The village of Hobb's End was deserted almost a half-century before civil engineers transformed it into a reservoir. Now a drought has uncovered the old village, and the skeletal remains of a young woman are found where her murdered body was hidden fifty years earlier. Ron Keith reads Robinson's police procedural--which shifts between the 1940s and the 1990s--with a delightful North-country accent. It works reasonably well with Robinson's Yorkshire setting--although Keith's voice is somewhat older than what one would expect for Chief Inspector Alan Banks. But the brogue is distractingly when reading dialogue with characters from Texas or California. Nevertheless, Keith's reading is precise, melodious, and sincere, and Robinson's storytelling in this Anthony-winning novel carries the day. S.E.S. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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