When Inspector Alan Banks receives a disturbing phone call from his estranged brother, he immediately heads to London. Meanwhile Detective Annie Cabbot rushes to a gruesome murder scene on the outskirts of Eastvale. Soon both investigations lead to the same horrifying conclusion. Abridged. 5 CDs.
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by Peter Robinson
"Simon Prebble gives an eerie elegance to Robinson's fifteenth novel featuring Yorkshire DCI Alan Banks in a case that takes a distinctly personal turn for the morose and self-destructive inspector. Banks gets an urgent telephone message from his estranged brother and is perplexed when he's unable to track him down. Meanwhile, a slip of paper with Banks's name and address is found in the pocket of a murder victim. As always, Robinson's writing is filled with atmospheric musical references to emphasize the character's lonely melancholy, and Prebble's reading adds to that somber atmosphere. A Yorkshire accent is not in evidence. Instead Prebble's smooth and even narration is characterized by its pace and timing, which give the novel an elegantly haunting quality. S.E.S. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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