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The 22nd novel in number-one best-selling author Peter Robinson's critically acclaimed DCI Banks series. When two boys vanish under mysterious circumstances, the local community is filled with unease. And when a caravan belonging to one of the youths is burned to the ground, and a bloodstain is discovered in a disused World War Two hangar nearby, things quickly become much more sinister.

Assigned to the case, DCI Banks and his team are baffled by the mystery laid out before them. But when a motor accident throws up a gruesome discovery, the investigation spins into a higher gear - and in another direction. As Banks and his team struggle desperately to find the missing boy who holds the key to the puzzle, they find themselves in a race against time where it's their turn to become the prey.

©2014 Eastvale Enterprises, Inc c/o David Grossman Literary Agency Ltd (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton

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  • jas
  • 04-15-15

Great narration

Inspector Banks back to his best. Narration by Simon Slater is excellent he switches from character to character with such ease and uses his skill with accents to the full

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Joseph
  • 12-10-14

Banks is back!

After the last couple of DCI Banks stories I was prepared to give up on Mr Robinson but this book gets us back to an interesting story with some excitement and with the characters he has developed over quite a few years. A good read.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Anne
  • 08-13-14

Back to top form for Inspector Banks

Listening to this was a delight, great characterisation and plotting, humorous and intelligent writing. Peter Robinson goes back to basics in this book, using the interplay of the Dales landscape and plot to great effect. The story begins with a fairly innocuous rural crime but builds steadily into an utterly gripping thriller.
The usual suspects all return to form in this novel, Banks, Annie, Dirty Dick and my favourite Winsome. I thought the last couple of outings for Bank were a bit tired but this one restored my faith.
The narrator was also very good, delivering a range of different voices with great skill.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs. Margaret Taylor
  • 04-24-15

Abattoir Blues

Great story, well told, kept your interest right to the end. Brilliant author. DCI Banks up to his usual standard.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Mavis
  • 08-17-14

Good story very poor narration

Would you try another book written by Peter Robinson or narrated by Simon Slater?

Yes but not simon slater as narrator

Who was your favorite character and why?

Annie down to earth

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Simon Slater?

Neil Pearson

Did Abattoir Blues inspire you to do anything?

Yes write this review<br/>

Any additional comments?

Peter Robinson always very good but not simon slater as narrator made it sound dull

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Jason
  • 07-15-15

Abattoir Blues

Excellently narrated, great story. Another top Alan Banks book. After 20+ books, the Alan Bank novels are still as brilliant as ever

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  • Mr. Pw Redding
  • 10-20-14

Cracking good Read/Listen!!!

Would you listen to Abattoir Blues again? Why?

Yes! A good story, and based in an area near to my home, so many of the areas were familiar.

What does Simon Slater bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Characterisation and a sense of the dramatic

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  • Amelia
  • 10-07-14

Back to the Dales

I love all the novels with Inspector Banks. I felt this was particularly good as it started off with not too much going on and built to a really good story with suspense and intrigue. It is set on the dales and cave trekking (if thats the right word)! I really enjoyed the characters and was interested in all of them. The narrative was not good and I would recommend Peter Robinson considers another narrator for the next one. I would highly recommend this book.

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  • Oldspiceis
  • 09-06-14

disappointing narration

story was as good as others by this author. I felt the narrator let it down. He has very clear, precise diction but, for me, read mechanically without any feeling or passion

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  • Susan Reed Jones
  • 08-16-14

Not for me found it very boring

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No I would not, very ordinary and run of the mill. Have read much better detective books than this.

Would you recommend Abattoir Blues to your friends? Why or why not?

This is the first I have read of Peter Robinson`s books don`t think I will be reading anymore.

What does Simon Slater bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Nothing really

Could you see Abattoir Blues being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No

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Very disappointed.

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  • rob
  • 07-30-15

enjoyable

great story up to usual good standard. very easy to listen to especially while working