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by Peter Robinson

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ISBN: 0143043331
ISBN13: 978-0143043331
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Action & Adventure
Author: Peter Robinson
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Canada (2003)
ePUB size: 1588 kb
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Rating: 4.9
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The Hanging Valley is the fourth case I have investigated with Chief Inspector Alan Banks, a new favorite of mine.
Peter Robinson's writing draws the reader into the book and supports and propels one along the roads in Yorkshire and Toronto with the Chief Inspector. The time in Toronto seems extended and provided so many details that seem to distract from the story, not add to it.
Within the initial pages the reader engages with the four characters that form the core of the most likely villains in the book. The Chief Inspector faces the challenge of unraveling their relationships now and from years ago as well as their motives in order to solve the murders in the book. Throughout the book, the reader suspects and eventually learns the extent of evil developed in each character which guides their actions. A feeling persists that some twist in the extent of guilt each character bears will happen and eventually the twist materializes.
The author effectively utilizes his skills in character development, plot structure, and location details to write an engaging story.
Very disappointing. Having picked up and enjoyed his 24th book in London, I thought the earlier works were just what I needed when hit by flu. For the most part they are good reads if lacking the subtlety of the latest. This one, however, is simply bad: many one dimensional characters, too long spent on a Cook's tour of Toronto, unbelievable police expense budgets and time (send a policeman to spend a week in a B & B to keep his eyes open? Send another to Toronto without a budget yet somehow he can drink his way around the city?), and unbelievable ciphers of upper class toffs. Having gone to an ancient British university myself I suggest that Mr Robinson needed to do better research and get over his own snobbery before trying to create villains with this background. As others have noted, there is really no ending to this book and there are many loose ends and illogicalities.
The body of a hiker is found at the beginning of "The Hanging Valley," the fourth novel in the long-running Inspector Banks series by Peter Robinson. The man turns out to be an ex-pat living in Toronto, Canada, and he has more connections with the locals in the Yorkshire Dales than Inspector Banks originally suspects; his investigation sends Banks to Toronto, to Oxford and beyond, but he is far behind the culprit and the bodies are piling up…. I’m enjoying discovering this series, about which I had heard but which I’ve only just started to read. This one is less about the relationships between Banks and his colleagues than the previous novels, but those relationships seem fairly well established at this point, so the author was able to concentrate more on the plot this time around. I believe there are something like 22 novels in this series to date, which means I’ve got a lot of books to look forward to; recommended!
I confess that I was led to this series after watching the TV adaptations. I have now read each tome in order up to "The Hanging Valley." Banks is an interesting character study and the reader finds out a little more about him with each book. Here, the complexities of the plot twists dominate. The characterizations are all well-honed and the descriptions of the local settings are wonderful! An added bonus is Banks's brief investigative sojourn to Toronto. This is a well-constructed story that you can really sink your teeth into! I suggest a curl up by the fire with a single malt and lose yourself in the Yorkshire countryside.
Good plot, good character development, believable. Excellent ending with something of a surprise thrown in. At least Robinson knows the difference between good and evil, and evil is punished. Love Bank’s character.
I love this series and like the author. Unfortunately, there really isn't a resolution to this episode. I thought perhaps the end of the book was missing so I found another copy. It's true, it just ends. I hoped there would be a resolution in the next in the series, but no luck. I only on number nine - Blood at the Root - so I hope Mr. Robinson will refer to what happened to the people in this edition.

Read them anyway!
This one was a little more tense that the previous 3. It's easy readying and although the suspense is diluted in places, the end of this one was a little shocking...liked it. I'll keep reading the series because the scenery and characters are very likeable. Bu t if you are looking for heart pounding crime action, you need to look elsewhere.
I know Robinson can do better so I persevered in reading this one just so I didn't miss out on any development of the Banks character and because I knew the setting would be evocative. I didn't bank (no pun intended) on the excruciating visit to Toronto, which almost pushed me over my willingness to suspended disbelief - how on earth could the police justify that jaunt at the tax-payers expense?! Was happy when he got back to Yorkshire and even happier when he wrapped it all up, no matter how out-of-left-field an ending it was!