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In the Dark Places

(Inspector Banks #22)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  4,658 ratings  ·  501 reviews
One of the world's greatest suspense writers returns with this gripping, powerful new novel featuring Inspector Alan Banks, hailed by Michael Connelly as "a man for all seasons."

Life. Death.
Good. Evil.
Innocence. Guilt.

All can be found IN THE DARK PLACES.

It's a double mystery: two young men have vanished, and the investigation leads to two troubling clues in two different l
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published August 11th 2015 by William Morrow (first published January 1st 2014)
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James Thane
When DCI Alan Banks returns from vacation, he finds the members of his team investigating a variety of crimes. Someone has stolen a farmer's valuable tractor, which by itself would probably not be the crime of the century. But other farmers in the area have also had equipment and livestock stolen, and it appears that a sophisticated gang of thieves may be operating in the area, stealing the equipment and shipping it to buyers in eastern Europe.

Meanwhile, other members of the team are investigati
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
It all starts with a missing tractor. That doesn't seem to be the most exciting case to have to solve, but when blood in a hangar and two missing men seem to be connected to the theft must DCI Banks and his team find out who is behind it all.

This is my very first DCI Banks book and I have to admit that I'm surprised that it wasn't better. I was curious about this book series and I usually have no problems reading the latest book in the series, but in this case, I just couldn't get into the story
Diane S ☔
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another series that I have read since the beginning, though that really isn't necessary because this book would be fine if read alone. I did, however, find out that I missed one which I now must go back and read. Don't quite know how that happened. Anyway in this installment three different incidences, with three different teams investigating all come together by books end. A stolen, very expensive tractor, blood in an unused warehouse and a missing young man send the team scrambling for answers ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller, fiction
This was my first time reading anything in this series, but it was easy to read through, fast-paced and thrilling. I really loved it and the setting was great, as well.
Aug 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of the Inspector Banks books - my sister bought me a set of the early books a few years ago and he is one of the few authors I buy as soon as they come out in hardback. This is another well plotted story with enough twists and turns to keep you interested, but I was a little disappointed because I felt some of the characterisation is becoming a little formulaic. Banks' interests/traits etc are repeated rather a lot from earlier books - maybe this is meant to reflect that the chara ...more
Thomas Strömquist
Well this was a disappointment... The great inspector Banks is pulled into a couple of parallel developing cases by pure chance and while this is not uncommon or unrealistic, the cases themselves are. The police interest would have/should have not been awakened until about half way into this story, when a happening that should have been the kick off takes place. After a lot of idling, 'Dirty' Dick Burgess himself cannot salvage this slow moving yarn (and his inclusion seem forced to begin with.. ...more
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I haven’t read all of Peter Robinson’s Inspector Banks books and the ones I have read weren’t read in strict order however I didn’t feel lost with this installment. Having said that I’m sure I missed some references to past cases and incidents but it wasn’t distracting. Robinson is great at evoking the local environments he sets his books in and “In the Dark Places” was no exception to that. I love reading about the local customs and accents. How much tea can people drink!?

Another enjoyable aspe
Book Addict Shaun
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
It has been a while since I last read a DCI Banks novel but as with all the best British crime series you can pick them up at anytime and jump right into the story. Peter Robinson doesn't waste time going over previous books, certain events are alluded to but not in an overly detailed way that detracts from the story.

The blurb doesn't give all that much away about the story and I won't say too much about it myself as this is a book you should definitely go into not knowing all that much about i
The 22nd DCI Banks....and I have read and watched most of them but this book took ages to get off the ground and even then Banks was absent for a good part of it. While I do like the "team" and his friends and family this was just a different read for me. The crime too took forever to really develop and then there were quite a few twists but really no surprises! A nice TV drama will come out of this book for sure and it is a cozy read. But there are too many good books of less pages to enjoy. My ...more
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Abattoir Blues is a good, solid read, as are the vast majority of Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks books. It's not, in all likelihood, going to make anyone's "best books I've ever read" list nor is it likely to be seen as a disaster by many.

Initially, a tractor has been stolen; a really nice, high quality tractor but a tractor, nevertheless. As Banks returns from a few days off with his current love, the much younger and very independent Oriana and her family, he is confronted by the tractor th
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
A stolen tractor, blood in an abandoned hanger, and now dead bodies and missing suspects.

This particular investigation went from looking for a stolen tractor to murder and covert activities.

IN THE DARK PLACES was quite a good mystery with terrific characters. I enjoyed the camaraderie among the investigators. The victims and their families were likable, and the storyline made me not want to put the book down.

The tangled series of events made for an excellent, gripping read with clues that turn
Jaye Rothman
It's not fair of me to rate this book,as I couldn't finish it.
I've been a vegetarian for many years, mainly because I don't want to eat living things. This book had descriptions of a slaughter house, animals being killed....
It was too much for me, I had to abandon it.
Jill Hutchinson
I like this series and always expect a great story with some twists. But in this entry, the first 100 pages are taken up with the squad looking for a stolen tractor! I kept thinking, "where is this going?". A very slow start that picks up tempo in the middle of the book but it just wasn't quite enough to keep me as interested as I usually am with Robinson's work. It certainly isn't one of his best by any stretch of the imagination but it is a passable police procedural.......barely.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tempo. Just as it can make or break a musical composition, proper use of tempo can transform a novel from good to great.
In the Dark Places, Peter Robinson's 22nd installment featuring DCI Alan Banks, is a masterful example of tempo used to gradually move a story along in a perfect, ever increasing rush to the finish. From it's languid beginning through a moderately paced mid-section, to a lovely rushing wave of a finish, what seems to be rather mundane investigations in "rural" England graduall
Luanne Ollivier
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For me, Peter Robinson is one of authors that can't write a bad book. I've enjoyed the few stand alones that he's written, but the Inspector Banks series is my favourite. Abattoir Blues is the newly released 22nd entry.

The new Commissioner has made rural crime a priority, so Banks's team is investigating, although the crimes seem a bit pedestrian for them - a stolen tractor and a break in at a seemingly abandoned airplane hangar. But when human blood stains are found on the hangar floor, the ca
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is currently (January 2015) the latest in the DCI Alan Banks series and probably the most gruesome to date. The violence isn't overdone and the descriptions are factual but the facts are sufficiently repellent without any more detail. A pool of blood and bone fragments are found in a disused aircraft hangar, sufficient to indicate there may have been a murder committed there. But there is no sign of a body. A valuable tractor is stolen while its owner is on holiday and two young men seem to ...more
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I admit it. I'm something of a snob when it comes to books. First and foremost I want a good plot with interesting characters. I also want language that is clean and simple but not simplistic. This is why I like so many British writers and Peter Robinson is right at the top. In this latest Inspector Alan Banks, the team is investigating a missing tractor, something that seems to be way below their pay grade. Banks is just getting back from an Italian trip with his latest love, Orianna, a woman c ...more
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-read
Basically read this almost entirely in one sitting on a 5 hour flight from Maui to Los Angeles with old equipment that had no access to personal electronic media.

After the somewhat disappointing CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Peter Robinson returns to very strong form with ABATTOIR BLUES (American title IN THE DARK PLACES).

Robinson really spreads the attention of the focus of the book on multiple protagonists with DI Annie Cabott, DS Winsome (my personal favorite) and DCs Masterson and Wilson all ge
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs2015, mystery, 2015
An intriguing mystery for Inspector Banks and his team: a tractor is stolen, two young men are missing, and a dead body is found in the back of a truck that slid off a steep hillside. Is it possible all these incidents are connected? The mystery starts slow but picks up speed as the detectives follow each of the disparate threads towards their surprising conclusion.

Thanks to Goodreads and HarperCollins for sending me an advanced reading copy.

May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DCI Banks and his homicide team are not thrilled to be called out on a stolen tractor case and then a break-in at an abandoned hangar but the new Commissioner is focused on rural crime and that's the way of it. But then blood is discovered on the hangar floor and two local boys are missing. Maybe these are crimes for the homicide team! Full disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book from The Reading Room in exchange for an unbiased review.
Scott Parsons
I have read most of Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks series and greatly enjoyed many of them. Abattoir Blues is the 22nd in the series. It seems that Banks is getting a bit long in the tooth. I considered giving it four stars but then concluded that: No, I expect more from Peter Robinson. The plot is kind of mundane even though we get blood and gore as the novel reaches its nadir. Banks is not a particularly compelling character in this novel, to some extent overshadowed by Cabot and Winsome.
Tom Greer
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter Robinson is fast becoming a favorite of mine and Alan Banks and his team are becoming welcome friends.

Abattoir Blues is the latest DCI Banks novel and as usual takes place in Yorkshire. The novel starts around what seems initially a fairly mundane crime- the theft of a tractor - but escalates into something more bloody with plenty of twists and turns.
Valerie Tate
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an Inspector Banks novel. I haven't read any of the others in the series but I know there is a TV series based on it. It's a police procedural, very well written with engaging characters and an intricate plot.
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A long time since I read this genre of book - why did I leave it so long? Really enjoyed it - and DCI Banks is back on our TV screens soon too.
Susan in Perthshire
My first Peter Robinson and so obviously my first DCI Banks. I found the secondary characters Annie and Winsome much more well developed and interesting than Banks. Perhaps I should start at number 1 and catch up with him now? I thought this was a very well written book and it has tempted me to read more by this author. The plot is slow building, but the characterisations benefited from it. I really liked it but I am only giving this one 3 stars until I read a few more because I felt Banks was u ...more
Slávek Rydval
In this case, my level of English was just a little bit behind the text but still, I was able to get through it. The plot was not so straight so I did last 140 pages in one day. I would appreciate more details about the personal lives of Banks and Cabot, but this time, Winsome took her turn. OK, let's give it four stars, I have to admit I was hooked.
Gloria Feit
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the publisher: The 22nd book in the DCI Banks series, “In the Dark Places,” develops some of the best-loved characters in contemporary suspense fiction. A perfect mix of police procedural and psychological study, the novel begins with a simple of vehicle abduction. Two young men implicated in the theft have vanished, and the investigation leads to two troubling clues in two different locations - - a scorched van and a peculiar bloodstain in an abandoned WWII airport hanger. As Bank and his ...more
Ray Palen
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter Robinson is, quite frankly, one of the finest thriller writers in the world. His DCI Banks series has not only spawned decades of quality novels but also an outstanding BBC TV series.

With IN THE DARK PLACES he literally goes into some of the darkest territory ever seen in this series. In this 22nd DCI Banks novel we are faced with a series of bizarre and unsettling incidents which may be related in some grisly way. First off, a farmer from the British countryside reports one of his vehicle
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it
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I always feel like Peter Robinson is one of those crime writers that always manages to write really well, and creates convincing, interesting characters in his DCI Alan Banks series.

Therefore I was really shocked that he wasn't included anywhere in the Top 20 list of WH Smith's 'Best Crime & Thriller Authors Of All Time' (though I was pleased that Peter James topped the list- read my blog post about it here) as this list is voted by readers and I think he's written some b
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Homicide and Major Crimes is called out to investigate a stolen tractor, they’re not exactly thrilled. But the new police commissioner considers rural crime a priority so they just have to suck it up. However, when it is linked to a possible murder in a vacant hangar at an abandoned WWII airfield, the disappearance of two local lads, and a gruesome discovery at the scene of a crashed lorry, the case becomes a lot more interesting for DCI Banks and his team.

In the Dark Places is the 22nd Ins
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