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Close to Home: A Novel of Suspenseby Peter Robinson
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There are human bones buried in an open field, the remains of a lost teenaged boy whose disappearance devastated a community more than thirty-five years ago ... and scarred a guilt-ridden friend forever.
A long-hidden horror has been unearthed, dragging a tormented policeman back into a past he could never truly forget no matter how desperately he tried. A heinous crime that occurred too close to home still has its grip on Chief Inspector Alan Banks — and it's leading him into a dark place where evil still dwells. Because the secrets that doomed young Graham Marshall back in 1965 remain alive and lethal — and disturbing them could cost Banks much more than he ever imagined.
"Like P.D. James, Robinson works on a large, intricately detailed canvas....The plot is richly complex, with lots of forensic science....This satisfying and subtle police procedural has a little bit of everything." Publishers Weekly
"In light of the slam-bang subtleties of most throwaway thrillers...there is an attractive depth and naturalness....[Close to Home] resembles [Mystic River] in ambition and in pointed contrasts between past and present..." Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Robinson unites P.D. James's strengths — breadth, ambition, and an olympian penetration into character — with some of her equally characteristic weaknesses: a tendency to sprawl and a ritual reluctance to tie all those wonderfully woven threads together." Kirkus Reviews
"Robinson is as adept at illuminating interior life...as he is in constructing believably odd crime scenarios....Banks fans...will enjoy watching the grizzled veteran get to know his younger self." Keir Graff, Booklist
"Robinson is his usual brilliant self....[He] again shows himself to be as astute a writer as P.D. James as he examines the myriad faces of guilt." Library Journal
Detective Inspector Alan Banks has never forgotten the death of his best friend in 1965. When the boy's bones are unearthed 35 years later, the skeleton in the detective's closet becomes all too real.
About the Author
Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire, England.His previous Inspector Banks novels include In a Dry Season, which was nominated for the Edgar and won the Anthony Award, and was named a New York Times Notable Book.His most recent Inspector Banks novel, Aftermath, was an international bestseller.
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