In A Dry Season

In A Dry Season

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Baker & Taylor
When a drought drains the local Thornfield Reservoir, uncovering a long-drowned small village and the skeleton of a murder victim from the 1940s, Detective Alan Banks and Detective Sergeant Annie Cabot must investigate the decades-old crime and unmask an evil secret from the past.

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New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author Peter Robinson delivers an unforgettable, compelling thriller of a lost village and the deadly secrets that are unearthed upon its discovery—secrets that include murder.

In the blistering, dry summer, the waters of Thornfield Reservoir have been depleted, revealing the ruins of the small Yorkshire village that lay at its bottom—ruins that house the unidentified bones of a murdered young woman. Detective Chief Inspector Banks faces a daunting challenge: he must unmask a sadistic killer who has escaped detection for half a century. For the dark secrets of Hobb's End continue to haunt the dedicated policeman, even though the town that bred them has died and its former residents have been scattered to far places—or even to their graves.

Demonstrating once again why Peter Robinson is a master of suspense, In a Dry Season is a powerful, insightful, and searing novel of past crimes and present evil.



Baker
& Taylor

When a drought drains the local Thornfield Reservoir, uncovering a long-drowned small village and the skeleton of a murder victim from the 1940s, Detective Alan Banks and Detective Sergeant Annie Cabot must investigate the decades-old crime and unmask anevil secret from the past

Publisher: New York : Avon, c1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780380975815
0380975815
Characteristics: 422 p. ; 25 cm

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rb3221
Dec 27, 2016

Very well done as the author switches two story lines from two different time periods. This is a complex police procedural where Banks (along with his sort of new girlfriend, a local D.I. Annie Banks) solve a violent murder 50 years past, trying to identify the victim "in a place that no longer exists, whose former residents are scattered to the winds...". To solve this many layered mystery, the story takes Banks back and forth from the past (rural English life in W.W. II) to the present (the small hamlet of Yorkshire).
It is a many layered mystery with a very interesting plot. Recommended.

kdwaynec Sep 04, 2014

Excellently done. Two stories from different time periods intertwined. One of the best I've read by Robinson so far.

hermlou Mar 07, 2012

Robinson tells about a love story in the present and a love story during WWII, describing how people in a small British town reacted to having American servicemen nearby. I thought I knew who was guilty of the murder, but I was wrong. The characters are real and believable, and the plot is well done. He knows how to tell an interesting story.

mikeyppl Feb 21, 2012

This is the first book I read in this series and am I glad I did. I can honestly say that I've enjoyed all his books but this one remains my favorite.

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MerlotReads
Jul 11, 2011

My favorite Peter Robinson book. Don't miss i! I would read his grocery lists.

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bshokal
Oct 06, 2010

Enjoyed the weaving of the story between events of the past and uncovering the truth.

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KarenW
Feb 26, 2002

Hobb''s end was flooded to build a resevoir just after World War II. A drought has now drained the area and the deserted village has reappeared. Along with a body. Told in flashbacks, the mystery hinges on what information Alan Banks will uncover to solve it.

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