Sleeping in the Ground

Sleeping in the Ground

An Inspector Banks Novel

Book - 2017
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At the doors of a charming country church, an unspeakable act destroys a wedding party. A huge manhunt ensues. The culprit is captured. The story is over. Except it isn't. For Alan Banks, there is something unresolved about this case. Reteaming with profiler Jenny Fuller, the detective digs deeper into the crime, deep enough to unearth long-buried secrets that reshape everything Banks though he knew about the events outside the chapel. When the last shocking truth becomes clear, it's almost too late.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017
ISBN: 9780062395078
0062395076
Characteristics: 319 p. ; 24 cm

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snliem
Nov 09, 2017

I like Banks and agree this book is rather disappointing. Too much irrelevant details so I can afford flying over pages w/o missing any important info.

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aafleming
Oct 16, 2017

As a fan of this author, I am quite disappointed. It seems to be pretty common for long-term series writers for the quality to decline as time goes on. This book has Robinson's usual great atmospheric writing and sense of place, but the plot is outlandish and the characters, including the murderer, stiff and not believable. I also did not welcome the reappearance of the long-gone Jenny Fuller, the dipshit "profiler," as a possible love interest for Banks, even though we are reassured by one of the characters that she is still "a bit of all right," i.e., good enough for the aging Banks to find sexually attractive. Robinson is just getting desperate to keep this series going. He also approaches self-parody with the extensive laundry lists of what Banks eats, drinks and listens to. This has long been a Robinson trademark, but in this book we are treated to a listing of the entire dinner menu; just ridiculous.

Having said all that, even a bad book by Robinson is better than other books by most writers. Fans will still want to read this book, but I would hate for it to be the first book read by someone new to his work.

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chaskaherm
Aug 21, 2017

Of course, one of the problems with having a favorite author is, over time the books seems more and more formulaic. That is clearly the case for me with this novel. Good atmosphere as usual. LOTS of typos.

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