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Abattoir Blues: DCI Banks 22 by Peter Robinson

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List Price: £9.99


Paperback: 384 Pages.

Published: 15 January 2015 by Hodder Paperbacks

ISBN: 1444704982

EAN: 9781444704983

Two missing boys. A stolen bolt gun. One fatal shot. Three ingredients for murder. When DCI Banks and his team are called to investigate the theft of a tractor from a North Yorkshire village, they're far from enthusiastic about what seems to be a simple case of rural crime. Then 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 ...


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Enjoyable Read

This appears to be the 22nd in the series concerning DCI Banks. I have

read a good many of the series but probably not all of them. It isn't

essential to have read the previous books in order to enjoy this one.

However, you certainly do have a much better understanding of the

characters and their relationships if you have read at least some of the

preceeding books.

This book starts with a seemingly quite tame theft

of a tractor. Yes, an expensive top of the range tractor but still just

a tractor theft. However, the book then develops quite quickly with the

discovery of some human blood., All the old favourites are back - Annie

Cabot, Winsome and even Dirty Dick Burgess.

This is a book on the

lighter end of the detective spectrum. It isn't cosy crime but neither

is it gruesome with in depth descriptions of blood, guts and gore. The

characters are very human and not beyond being sick in the line of duty!


think this is one of the better more recent books in the Banks series. I

felt that a couple of the recent ones had got a bit stale but this one

was definitely better.  We see the very human sides of Annie Cabot &

Winsome & there are some light-hearted moments especially around

the Harry Potter looks of Doug. The hard slog & relentless paperwork

of modern day policing is clearly shown in this book. It isn't all full

of high speed chases and daring do!

I did enjoy this book. It was

one that I could put down but I did always wish to return. I would

actively seek the next book in the series if for no other reason than to

see if Winsome's fledgling romance developed. I do hope so.

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