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The Hanging Valley

An Inspector Banks Mystery
Narrated by: James Langton
Series: Inspector Banks Novels, Book 4
Length: 9 hrs
4 out of 5 stars (169 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

No one dreamed something so hideous could grow in so beautiful a place....

Many who visit the valley are overwhelmed by its majesty. Some wish they never had to leave. One didn't: a hiker whose decomposing corpse is discovered by an unsuspecting tourist. But this strange, incomprehensible murder is only the edge of the darkness that hovers over a small rural village and its tight-lipped residents, who guard shattering secrets of sordid pasts and private shames.

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks knows that both the grim truth and a cold-blooded killer are hiding here, far from the city, the noise, and safety. And he's determined to walk into the valley of death to expose them both.

Investigate another case with Inspector Banks.
©1990 Peter Robinson (P)2010 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Robinson excels in the depiction of character, especially in his portrait of his pleasingly fallible copper. He is steadily ascending toward the pinnacles of crime fiction." (Publishers Weekly)

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Another great Inspector Banks myster

I've read all of Robinson's Inspector Banks series. Great books with characters I really care about.

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Doesn't disappoint!

Sometimes little slow getting started , Peter Robinson's alliterative novels always end with a surprise. Definitely not your usual detective stories!

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Did not see that coming

Would you listen to The Hanging Valley again? Why?

Yes, but I enjoyed the slow build up to the truth, and I really enjoyed the twist at the end, I just wished it hadn't ended on such a cliff hanger. The author normally does a little summary at the end, and I was a little disappointed, and felt a little cheated.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, because the truth was revealed slowly, and murderer was not who the author had led you to think it would be.

Did James Langton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

James Langton did an ok job, it would have been excellent if not for the way he did the Yorkshire accents. It was good, but he kept ending certain sentences with a "th",like a tick. It was most annoying, and he would forget who was talking and add it to characters that did not have a Yorkshire accent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The inner dialogue of the character Katie, really moved me. It made me very sad, and showed how extremism in any form can be damaging.

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Disappointing

Too descriptive which slowed the story up somewhat. The narrator had an annoying whine when some female characters were concerned. Very disappointed and has put me off these Banks' titles. I have bought others that have been better. But narrated by a different person. I'll try again once more. The storylines are good..........

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I really enjoy Robinson’s descriptive voice

Not only do we get to travel deep into the Yorkshire dales but travel on an archaic air travel to Toronto. The ending, like many of Robinson’s books, was a bit abrupt but sufficient & finally granny helped poor Katie out;-

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Ya for Katie!

Good tail! Happy that Katie was the hero in the end. I'll read more. All my best, Angela Jones

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Not bad, not great

No depth in characters, but the narrator was fabulous. Unfortunately it almost seemed the characters were more like caricatures and I couldn’t bring myself to care what happened to them.

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An interesting story.

Over all a entertaining book. Only complaint I find is the ending. It was too abrupt and unlike the author's previous books did not tell the reader the aftermath of the final scene.

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Not nearly as good as later books.

I've listened to a fair number of dic Banks series. I really disliked this narrator especially at first.

What I felt lacking in the writing I realized at some points, could be the delivery of the narrator.

Still intent upon listening, ideally in order from here out. The other 5 or 6 books that I had read were so much better.

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Too many attempted rape scenes.

What would have made The Hanging Valley better?

This book needs stronger female characters. The main female character was not believable. And she was made out as a complete twit. She was sexually accosted a half dozen times throughout the book. When a supposedly likeable character saves her from an attempted rape, he says to her "forget about it, he was just drunk." ugh.

What could Peter Robinson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

More character development. More strong female characters.

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  • Sally
  • 12-21-14

Very dated story

Nothing dates as badly as the near past and this story felt very slow and old fashioned. A trip to Toronto was shoe-horned into the plot, mostly it seemed to me to show the author's knowledge about the city. It certainly added nothing to the plot. The characters were rather one dimensional, the police work plodding and the ending an abrupt farce. This wasn't helped by the narrator's awful female voices. They all sounded like something out of Monty Python.
These books seem to be very popular, so maybe later books in the series improve, but on the evidence of this story I think I'll stick to reading Ian Rankin.

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  • Mrs. A. Newham
  • 11-12-13

Eeh Bah Gum

What did you like most about The Hanging Valley?

I like most of the Inspector Banks novels, but some are better than others. This is not his best.

What other book might you compare The Hanging Valley to, and why?

It is not unlike th Daziell and Pascoe novels.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The Yorkshire accent was appalling. It would be much better if the narrator did not attempt an accent if he cannot master it, it didi spoil the story.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

I think I would probably have enjoyed this more if I had read it on my Kindle as the supposed Yorkshire accent spoiled it for me.

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