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Sleeping in the Ground
By (author): Peter Robinson
9780771072703 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural Oct 24, 2017
$29.95 CAD
Active 6.35 x 9.26 x 1.21 in 384 pages McClelland & Stewart
DSI Alan Banks is determined to track down a gunman after a mass shooting in the thrilling new instalment of Peter Robinson’s internationally bestselling series.

Detective Superintendent Alan Banks is called in to lead the investigation after a shocking mass murder occurs during a wedding outside a small church in the Yorkshire Dales. An exhaustive manhunt ensues and the shooter is run to ground as the investigation follows its inevitable course.

But Banks, his colleague DI Annie Cabbot, and the newest and youngest team member, DI Gerry Masterson, are plagued by doubts as to exactly what happened in the churchyard that day, and why. Have they apprehended the right suspect? Is there more to uncover? Struggling with the death of an old flame and the return of profiler Jenny Fuller, a former love interest, Banks is compelled to dig deeper into the suspect’s past and motivations, and as he does, he uncovers forensic and psychological puzzles that lead him to long forgotten secrets. It’s possible that eventually they’ll provide the answers he is looking for, but will he piece together the clues in time?

Chilling, suspenseful, and deftly plotted, Sleeping in the Ground, will keep long-time fans and new readers guessing to the very end, and it proves without a doubt that Peter Robinson is a crime writer at the top of his game.

Story Locale: Yorkshire Dales

MILESTONE: 2017 is the 30th anniversary of the publication of the first Banks novel. Publishing partners in the UK and US are planning multi-layered marketing campaigns in celebration of “Banks30.”

SERIES MOMENTUM: When the Music’s Over, the last novel in the Inspector Banks series, was a Globe and Mail bestseller (Canadian Fiction list) and ranked in the Top 100 of Canadian ebook sales in first week sales leader board (#81).

MASTER OF THE GENRE: This is vintage Peter Robinson - Yorkshire countryside setting, familiar and beloved characters, including Detective Superintendent Alan Banks and DI Annie Cabbot, as well as the newest member of the team, DI Gerry Masterson, and the reappearance of profiler Jenny Fuller.

INTERNATIONAL PROFILE: Peter Robinson/Inspector Banks Brand: Popular TV series based on the Inspector Banks novels released in Canada through PBS; and New York Times bestseller; top bestseller in the UK; national bestseller in Canada; winner of top crime awards internationally.

PETER ROBINSON grew up in the United Kingdom, and now divides his time between Toronto and Richmond, Yorkshire. Sleeping in the Ground is the twenty-fourth book in the bestselling Inspector Banks series. He has also written two collections of short stories and three stand-alone novels, the most recent of which is #1 bestseller Before the Poison, winner of the Arthur Ellis Award in Canada, Sweden’s Golden Crowbar Award, and the 2013 Dilys Award given by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. Robinson’s critically acclaimed crime novels have won numerous awards in Britain, the United States, Canada, and Europe, and are published in translation all over the world. The year 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the Inspector Banks series; the first novel, Gallows View, was published in 1987. Several Inspector Banks novels have been adapted for television and have appeared on PBS.

For more information about Peter Robinson and the Inspector Banks series, visit

Author Residence: Toronto, ON and Richmond, UK

Author Hometown: Leeds, UK

Praise for Peter Robinson’s bestselling Inspector Banks series

“Taut, clean writing and subtle psychology.”—Ian Rankin

“One of the grand masters of the genre.”—Literary Review

“Among the best detective fiction in the world.”—Edmonton Journal

“Robinson is not just a master storyteller, he’s a literary magician.”—Montreal Gazette


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