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In a Dry Season (original 1999; edition 2000)

by Peter Robinson (Author)

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In a Dry Season by Peter Robinson (1999)

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The best of the Inspector Banks novels, and most of them are pretty good. This one shines because a lot of the narrative takes place in a WWII-era provincial village. Robinson does a good job of recreating the feel of that time & place. Our time spent with Banks is relatively limited and the arc of his story isn't really advanced very far through this story. One feels this could well have been a stand-alone, but it works very well in any case. ( )
1 vote ehines | Jul 7, 2014 |
Peter Robinson is my current favorite mystery and crime thriller author. Of all the Detective Alan Banks novels this is the best. The switching back and forth between present day and WWII England makes it simply impossible to put down. ( )
  smashmac | Aug 15, 2013 |
Peter Robinson's tenth novel in the Alan Banks series, "In A Dry Season", is one of his best. A skeleton turn up in dried-up reservoir built on the ruins of an old village, Hobb's End. Helped by Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot, Banks quickly finds out this is not the dull assignment he thought he was being thrown into by his old boss Jimmy Riddle (whom he once punched in the face). He uncovers secrets from the Second World War, secrets long forgotten by everyone but a former resident of the village who is now an acclaimed writer. She tells Banks about her adventures as a young woman when the area was teeming with American airmen and how an innocent love affair ended in murder. Uncovering the secret behind the skeleton means Banks and Cabbot need to piece together the lives of people long dead. Robinson has done it again. ( )
  ashergabbay | Jul 7, 2013 |
My blog post about this book is at this link. ( )
  SuziQoregon | Mar 31, 2013 |
I enjoyed this book and it explains a lot about the relationship between characters that one misses when not reading a series in order of being written. But it's a book that does stand up on it's own two feet without having had to have read any of the others in the series.

This novel is a mix of an old story and a new story, linked across the decades, that come together rather well. Mostly, it's evenly paced but there are times when Alan Banks gets retrospective that slows the story down, just when the pace has picked up some. This sort of thing is fine at the beginning of a story but not in the last 100 pages when we are all waiting for the climax.

Worth reading. ( )
  Balthazar-Lawson | Mar 29, 2013 |
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Detective chief inspector Alan Banks is a walking midlife crisis, full of rage because of his recently failed marriage, a career crippled by a jealous superior, and problems with his son. In less skilled hands, Banks could have quickly become a royal pain, but Robinson makes him instead a very likable character, who is slightly baffled and bemused by his bad luck. When he criticizes his son Brian's decision to drop out of college to become a rock musician, Banks quickly regrets it--recognizing the same impulses that made him rebel against his own parents, and some of the pain he felt when a college friend died of a drug overdose. The realization that Brian's heavy-metal band is actually quite good brings genuine pleasure to a man whose idea of rock is Love's Forever Changes and other 1970s delights.

Banks is assigned to work on a case that the Yorkshire police department considers to be somewhat of a joke. The skeleton of a woman wrapped in World War II blackout curtains has been found in a dried-out reservoir. This man-made watering hole was a village--Hobbs End--that had been flooded many years earlier. Through the journal of a major player we realize early on who the dead woman is, but a large part of the fun is watching Banks and an edgy, attractive female cop put the pieces of the puzzle together. In a Dry Season is a stylish and gently reflective tale of secrets and lies.

Banks's other books include Wednesday's Child, Final Account, and Blood at the Root. --Dick Adler

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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 are called in to investigate.

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