Dry Bones that Dream – 1994

Dry bones that dream

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One May evening, two masked gunmen tie up Alison Rothwell and her mother, take Keith Rothwell, a local accountant, to the garage of his isolated Yorkshire Dales farmhouse, and blow his head off with a shotgun. Why? This is the question Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks has to ask as he sifts through Rothwell’s life. Rothwell was generally known in the area as a mild-mannered, dull sort of person, but even a cursory investigation raises more questions than answers. When Banks’s old sparring partner, DS Richard “Dirty Dick” Burgess, turns up from the Yard, the case takes yet another unexpected twist, and Banks finds himself racing against time as the killers seem to be dogging his footsteps. Only after he pits his job against his sense of justice does he discover the truth. And the truth leads him to one of the most difficult decisions of his career.

Press Reviews

“Mr. Robinson has done his usual impressive job of pushing a plot forward by means of detailed police procedures and exacting character analysis. Not even the dead escape his unrelenting scrutiny.” Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

“Excellent, well-paced.” Yorkshire Post

“Final Account is one of [Robinson’s] most formidable novels. Set in the Yorkshire Dales and in Leeds, the tale is splendidly contrived…..a strong and fascinating novel.” Robin Skelton, Books in Canada

“Exceptionally good….As usual, Robinson provides a fine cast of characters….He also serves up as seamless a plot as one can find anywhere.” Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail

“Robinson’s seventh procedural maintains the sterling consistency of Wednesday’s Child (1994) and all the others.” Kirkus Reviews

“…a complex but credible story that blends strong characterisation with exciting elements to produce a high quality mystery novel that keeps surprises and suspense going right up to the last page.” Val McDermid, Manchester Evening News

“Consummately crafted…High quality crime fiction from one of Canada’s top crime writers.” The Toronto Star