MICHAEL CONNELLY calls Peter Robinson "an author with amazing empathy, a snare-trap ear for dialogue, and a clear eye for the telling detail."

See why in Sleeping in the Ground, the gripping new novel starring Alan Banks featuring an opening scene you'll never forget, and a finale you won't see coming.

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, still struggling with a tragic loss of his own, there's something wrong about this case — something unresolved. Reteaming with profiler Jenny Fuller, the relentless detective deeper into the crime... deep enough to unearth long-buried secrets that reshape everything Banks thought he knew about the events outside that chapel. 

And when at last the shocking truth becomes clear, it's almost too late.

Packed with twists and turns, heart and soul, this is another triumph from an author "at the top of his game" (LOUISE PENNY).

August 15, 2017  |  336 pages
(Rated on Apr 7, 2018)
Grade: C    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 50% Literature, 50% Entertainment
Writing Quality:
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Movie Potential:
Low High

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Sequel Potential:
Low High
The further up the ladder Banks goes the more distant he becomes from the crimes. This novel illustrates this point, but yet he is still there going off on a seemingly pointless direction, which really doesn't make sense at the time. "Just a feeling". But in the end the truth is found. There is a lot of focus on the junior detectives in this story, almost as if they are being set up for their own spin off. Unfortunately, I don't like that all that much and takes away from why I have read this