Mark Randall lay dead in a field near Lowacre long before Smith had done what he had to do in Belfast....
Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond is the last detective: a genuine gumshoe, committed to door-stopping and deduction rather than fancy computer gadgetry....
Chris Lowndes decides to return to the Yorkshire dales of his youth and buys Kilnsgate House, a rambling old mansion that was once the scene of a murder....
Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross....
A gripping stand-alone thriller from the Sunday Times number one best-selling author of the Logan McRae series....
A relentlessly suspenseful thriller from the author of the Inspector Banks novels marks the first time that Peter Robinson has set a novel in America....
The worst that can possibly happen... has. A beautiful child is dead - defiled and murdered in a lonely graveyard on a fog-shrouded evening. It is the sort of horrific crime Chief Inspector Alan Banks fled the city to escape. But the slaying of a bright and lovely teenager from a wealthy, respected family is not the end of a nightmare. Lies, dark secrets, unholy accusations, and hints of sexual depravity swirl around this abomination like leaves in an autumn wind, leading to a shattering travesty of justice that will brutally divide a devastated community with suspicion and hatred. But Banks must remain vigilant in his hunt - because when the devil is left free to pursue his terrible calling, more blood will surely flow.
We listeners all know, right from the get-go, that poor Owen Pierce has been falsely accused of murder ... but the townsfolk don't. Given their druthers, they would lynch him for the murder of beautiful young Deborah Harrison, leaving the real killer running around free. I like it when an author uses that technique: allowing the reader to know something that none of the novel's characters -- including the protagonist -- know. Then we get to watch our hero figure out the secret. 𝘞𝑒 know that Owen Pierce didn't do it, partly because of Peter Robinson's writing skill, but also thanks to James Langton's excellent acting chops. Langton possesses the rare gift of voice. I was admiring his skill throughout this audiobook, particularly because the plot presents us with so 𝘮𝑎𝑛𝑦 different suspects. A less skilled actor could have made Owen sound as guilty as all the townsfolk think that he is. Langton clearly read "Innocent Graves" all the way through before he began recording it, so that he knew which voices to give each character -- sending exactly the right subliminal clues to us listeners.
I also liked "Innocent Graves," because it includes some intriguing courtroom scenes -- the first novel in the Alan Banks series to do so. The evidence seems stacked so profoundly high against Pierce -- and his solicitor seems so disinterested -- that we see no way for him to escape false conviction. Then his brilliant barrister (the Brits make a distinction between the lawyer that takes the case and the lawyer that argues the case) saves Pierce in court by casting reasonable doubt on all the supposed "evidence." Still, the townsfolk believe that Pierce did the murder and got away with it; so that his release puts him in grave danger of vigilante violence. Inspector Alan Banks needs to work fast to find the real killer.
Some people find that Robinson's Inspector Banks novels move too slowly, with insufficient excitement. I confess to a weakness for thrillers, myself; but I make an exception for the Inspector Banks series. Robinson's beautiful writing and Langton's masterful narration trump any problem that I might have with insufficient action. So I recommend this series to any listener with the patience to appreciate these qualities ... provided that you listen to the books in chronological order, from the beginning, starting with "Gallows View." Don't try jumping into the series in the middle -- you will miss a lot and get grumpy.
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Where does Innocent Graves rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I don't understand why people didn't like this book. Plot and characters were well developed. Narration was also terrific. The only down side was the rather abrupt ending. I expected a few more chapters at least!
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Would you consider the audio edition of Innocent Graves to be better than the print version?
An good story line and as usual I enjoyed Banks BUT there is so many instances of drinking and one night stands in the Banks books that is does distract from the overall story line. If you added it all up the amount of alcohol consumed makes it a cast of drunks. I was born and grew up in Scotland and we do have alcohol and alcoholics but NOT to this extent.
What other book might you compare Innocent Graves to and why?
Any of the Inspector Banks series
What about James Langton’s performance did you like?
It was O.K.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Thinking about drunk drivers in every chapter.
Any additional comments?
I like and read the series. I just wish it was a bit more true to life
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I would have taken this book back after the 1st couple chapters if I had gotten it from the library, but since I paid for it at Audible, I felt obligated to listen to the end--the dribble just went on and on--I kept thinking it would get better but it never did--horrible ending--not only was this not a "thriller" it could actually put you to sleep. This book just has no redeming value!!
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
I have read a number of Insp Banks books but this one really is not one of the best. Not sure if this was an earlier one but did not have the same pace as other ones.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
I'm not sure if the author just gets tired of the story near his finishing his book, or doesn't know how to close out, or even is just in a hurry due to some deadline but they seem to leave unfinished business that could be more smoothly and with a more gratifying end with an answer in regards to all his characters. I have read/listened to many of his books and think he is, as most people do, one of the top authors of our time and am not complaining about his stories overall, I've just noticed this seems to be how I feel at the end of his books and it seems so dissatisfying when the story has been so gratifying until then.
I understand why Sandra leaves bullying Banks. Truly unredeemed in this book. Done with Robinson.
This is one of the earlier Inspector Banks novels and its definitely not quite up to the level. Of the later Inspector Banks novels. Why? Because a) the ending is abrupt as if the author himself was bit fed up with his own story and just had to put an end to it so there loose ends .
I have enjoyed all of Peter Robinson's books and even this one. It just ended abruptly so it wasn't as great as the others I have read but still very funny and engaging
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Someone who has lots of time on her hands and who likes slow unexciting mysteries.
What do you think your next listen will be?
Waiting for the next Lee Child or James Lee Burke book. Maybe I'll try Silva? De Silva? I am looking for an intelligent writer with strong characters and challenging story lines.
Have you listened to any of James Langton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Never heard him before, but his performance was great.
What character would you cut from Innocent Graves?
None or all. All bland people.
Any additional comments?
Inspector Banks was not a colorful character with none of the expected characteristics of the lead investigator. Maybe that's why readers like him--low key and not a big heroic type. The book was boring. The only reason I finished it was that I was on a 1200 mile drive from Florida to NY, but I often lost track of who was saying what or where the story was going. Also the young girl murdered did not engender sympathy in me. She, too, was colorless.
Brilliantly written as usual . Peter Robinson an amazing imagination and the know how to keep you in suspense right to the end. I just love his books.
this book didn't do it for me I'm afraid , it rambled the characters weren't overly likeable and it ended on a , well it just ended . had this been the first book in this series that I had read I wouldn't of rushed out to buy more as it was this was the second book I have read and this left me even more disappointed and the previous one was excellent. The narration was adequate but no more than that the accents seem to jumble up and it is often difficult to determine which character was which
This book, although dated, is a good story but is spoiled by the poor quality narration. The accents are barely credible and most of the characters sound as if they are verbally challenged. It is in some ways insulting to anyone leaning towards a northern accent.
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