Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2005
CD ISBN 978-0-0607-6333-6 $29.95 Five CDs
DD ISBN $20.97
Simon Prebble gives an eerie elegance to Robinson's fifteenth novel featuring Yorkshire DCI Alan Banks in a case that takes a distinctly personal turn for the morose and self-destructive inspector. Banks gets an urgent telephone message from his estranged brother and is perplexed when he's unable to track him down. Meanwhile, a slip of paper with Banks's name and address is found in the pocket of a murder victim. As always, Robinson's writing is filled with atmospheric musical references to emphasize the character's lonely melancholy, and Prebble's reading adds to that somber atmosphere. A Yorkshire accent is not in evidence. Instead Prebble's smooth and even narration is characterized by its pace and timing, which give the novel an elegantly haunting quality. S.E.S. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/ MAY 08]
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