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Abattoir Blues

DCI Banks 22

By Peter Robinson

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The twenty second grisly instalment of the DCI Banks series from Number One bestselling author Peter Robinson. Also the inspiration behind the award winning TV series DCI Banks starring Stephen Tompkinson.

The twenty second instalment of the grisly bestselling DCI Banks series. Also an award winning TV series starring Stephen Tompkinson.

Two missing boys.
A stolen bolt gun.
One fatal shot.

Three ingredients for murder.

Misled from the start, DCI Banks and his team are far from enthusiastic when they're called to investigate the theft of a tractor. But this is no trivial case of rural crime. A blood stain is found in an abandoned hangar, two main suspects vanish without a trace, and events take a darkly sinister turn.

As each lead does little to unravel the mystery, Banks feels like the case is coming to a dead end. Until a road accident reveals some alarming evidence, which throws the investigation to a frightening new level.

Someone is trying to cover their tracks - someone with very deadly intent . . .

'Classic Robinson: labyrinthine plot merged with deft characterisation' - The Observer

Biographical Notes

Peter Robinson's DCI Banks is now a major ITV1 drama starring Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart, Ballykissangel) as Inspector Banks, and Andrea Lowe (The Bill, Murphy's Law) as DI Annie Cabbot.

Peter's standalone novel BEFORE THE POISON won the IMBA's 2013 Dilys Award as well as the 2012 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel by the Crime Writers of Canada. This was Peter's sixth Arthur Ellis award. His critically acclaimed DCI Banks novels have won numerous awards in Britain, the United States, Canada and Europe, and are published in translation all over the world.

Peter grew up in Yorkshire, and now divides his time between Richmond and Canada. Peter keeps a website at www.inspectorbanks.com.

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Classic Robinson: labyrinthine plot merged with deft characterisation — Observer
Peter Robinson deserves a place near, perhaps even at the top of, the British crime writers' league — The Times
A real page-turner that confirms Robinson as a master of crime fiction — Bella Magazine
As always with the excellent DCI Alan Banks novels, you can expect the story to grip you from beginning to end — Choice
[Peter Robinson deserves a place] near, perhaps even at the top of, the British crime writers' league — The Times
It's neither the setting nor even the characters that makes Robinson's work so satisfying, but the plotting of Swiss-watch precision — Independent
Classic Robinson: labyrinthine plot merged with deft characterisation — Observer
As always with the excellent DCI Alan Banks novels, you can expect the story to grip you from beginning to end. — Choice
A real page-turner that confirms Robinson as a master of crime fiction. — Bella Magazine
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