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Editorial Reviews

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is on vacation. Now in his 50s and having served as the crime-solving protagonist of 17 previous novels by Peter Robinson, Inspector Banks deserves it. His idyll is ended, however, when his on-again-off-again partner, Inspector Annie Cabbot, comes upon a body hanging from a tree. Just like that, Robinson plunges the listener into that old familiar darkness and suspense of which none other than Stephen King is a big fan.
Audie Award winner Simon Prebble brings his perfect dark British accent to this tale of multiple murder, love gone wrong, and wit. This audiobook is ideal for a long night by the fire, or, if you dare, alone by a brook in the English countryside.
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Publisher's Summary

Detectives Alan Banks and Annie Cabbot return in another electrifying novel from the acclaimed award-winning author of the New York Times best seller Friend of the Devil. When the body of a man is discovered hanging from a tree in the woods near Eastvale, all signs point toward suicide. At least that's what it initially looks like to Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot.
The man is soon identified as Mark Hardcastle, the set and costume designer for the local amateur theater company. Mark was successful and well liked in the community, but enough remains mysterious about his background that suicide isn't completely out of the question. But when Mark's older and wealthier lover is discovered bludgeoned to death in his home, Annie begins to think differently. Could it have been a crime of passion, or did overwhelming grief lead to a man taking his own life? Increasingly confounded, she calls in the vacationing Chief Inspector Alan Banks, even if it means prying him away from his new girlfriend.
Once on the investigation, Banks finds himself plunged into a case where nothing is as it seems. More and more, his own words about the victim's latest production, Othello, are coming back to haunt him, for "jealousy, betrayal, envy, ambition, greed, lust, revenge: all the colors of darkness" are quickly becoming his world as well.
©2009 Eastvale Enterprises, Inc. (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
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3 out of 5 stars
By Lehua of Pacifica on 05-24-09

Good story damaged by producer

Robinson gets a bit silly here and there, but it's worth the purchase. The usual interesting story and good ensemble, though "guest" characters are a bit wobbly this go-round, and the premise occasionally made me itch.

AUDIO: The reading would have been quite adequate except for some insane -- literally insane -- music stuck in at odd moments. It was a sort of cross between country-drunk and MGM's idea of hula-hula music -- just right for Yorkshire, right? Awful! Each time the producers assaulted me with this twanging slop, it utterly shattered everything the author and narrator had built up. The worst part is ... why? Why do such an awful and destructive thing when it was so totally, completely pointless?

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4 out of 5 stars
By Dorothy on 01-31-14

Loved the story and narrator

This is another great Banks novel. Someone else mentioned the weird music. I agree - it's jarring and unnecessary. Doesn't belong at all. What were they thinking?

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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