Synopses & Reviews
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.
“Evocative ... intriguing ... emotionally rich.” New York Times Book Review
“Complex and unexpected ... stylish prose and lean, dramatic storytelling.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“A superior detective ... a superior writer.” Denver Post
“Exemplary.” New York Times Book Review
“The equal of P.D. James.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Evocative ... intriguing ... emotionally rich."
When a decomposing corpse of a hiker is discovered in a wooded valley outside the tiny Yorkshire village of Swainshead--the second such homicide to plague the region in recent years--investigating Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is pulled into a dangerous mire of dark pasts, local power, and private shames.
From New York Times
bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author Peter Robinson, a fascinating thriller—perfect for fans of Louise Penny and Elizabeth George—that leads Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks on a harrowing journey into a towns sordid past where a diabolical killer lies in wait.
Visitors have long been drawn to the beauty and serenity of the Yorkshire countryside. Some never leave—like the hiker whose decomposing corpse is discovered in a wooded valley outside the tiny village of Swainshead.
It is the second such homicide to plague the region in recent years, and it is pulling investigating Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks into a dangerous mire of dark pasts, local power, and private shames. For a shocking truth and cold-blooded killer are waiting there…and Banks is determined to walk into a valley of death to expose them both.
An arresting, electrifying novel of suspense, The Hanging Valley will remain etched in readers minds.
About the Author
One of the world's most popular and acclaimed writers, Peter Robinson grew up in the United Kingdom, and now divides his time between Toronto and England. The bestselling, award-winning author of twenty-two books in the Inspector Banks series, he has also written two short-story collections and three standalone novels. Among his many honors and prizes are the Edgar Award, the CWA (UK) Dagger in the Library Award, France's Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, Sweden's Martin Beck Award, and the Danish Palle Rosenkrantz award.