By Peter Robinson

From New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning writer Peter Robinson, a desirable thriller—perfect for enthusiasts of Louise Penny and Elizabeth George—that leads Detective leader Inspector Alan Banks on a harrowing trip right into a town’s sordid previous the place a diabolical killer lies in wait.

Visitors have lengthy been interested in the wonder and serenity of the Yorkshire geographical region. a few by no means leave—like the hiker whose decomposing corpse is came across in a wooded valley open air the tiny village of Swainshead.

It is the second one such murder to plague the zone in recent times, and it's pulling investigating Detective leader Inspector Alan Banks right into a harmful mire of darkish pasts, neighborhood strength, and personal shames. For a stunning fact and cold-blooded killer are ready there…and Banks is set to stroll right into a valley of demise to show them both.

An arresting, electrifying novel of suspense, The striking Valley will stay etched in readers’ minds.

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Annie? ” “Yes. Anne Ralston. She was once a chum of Bernie’s from years in the past. She disappeared once we had all that difficulty right here 5 years again. ” “I’ve heard of her. What precisely did Bernard say? ” “Just that she used to be dwelling in Toronto now. He’d heard from her approximately 3 years in the past. She was once in Vancouver then. They’d stored in contact, and now she’d moved. ” “Did he say the rest approximately her? ” Katie checked out him blankly. “No. She simply requested him to not pass telling every body in Swainshead that he’d visible her. ” “This is what Bernard informed you? ” “Yes. ” “Why did he let you know, do you think that, whilst Anne had advised him to not inform somebody? ” “I . . . I . . . don’t know,” Katie stammered. “He relied on me. He was once simply speaking approximately humans leaving, discovering a brand new lifestyles. He acknowledged she was once satisfied there. ” “Were you speaking approximately in need of a brand new lifestyles for your self? ” “I don’t recognize what you suggest. ” Her phrases lacked conviction. Banks knew he used to be correct. Katie had most likely been telling Bernard Allen that she desired to escape from Swainshead. Why she may want to go away he didn’t comprehend, yet from what he’d noticeable and heard of Sam to this point, she may need one stable cause. “Never mind,” Banks stated. “Did he say something approximately coming domestic to stick? ” Katie appeared shocked. “No. Why should still he? He had a superb new lifestyles available in the market. ” “Did he let you know this at the morning he left or earlier than? ” “Before. simply after he arrived. ” “And you have been the one one he informed? ” “Yes. ” “You’re hesitating, Katie. Why? ” “I . . . I don’t be aware of. You’re complicated me. You’re making me frightened. ” “Were you the one one he instructed? ” “As some distance as i do know, certain. ” “And who did you inform? ” “I didn’t inform an individual. ” “You’re mendacity, Katie. ” “I’m no longer. I—” “Who did you inform? Sam? ” Katie pulled on the duster so challenging it tore. “All correct, sure! I informed Sam. He’s my husband. better halves aren’t imagined to hold secrets and techniques from their husbands, are they? ” “What did Sam say? ” “Nothing. He simply appeared shocked, that’s all. ” “Did he be aware of Anne Ralston? ” “Not good. It was once purely a few yr once we arrived that she disappeared. We met her with Bernie, and he or she was once going out with Stephen, yet Sam didn’t recognize the Colliers to boot then. ” “Are you yes you informed no-one else? ” “No-one,” Katie whispered. “I swear it. ” Banks believed her. Sam Greenock, he mirrored, was once particularly a one for passing on information, in particular to his cronies within the White Rose, with whom he appeared motive on ingratiating himself. Socially, he was once underneath all of them. The Colliers have been cocks of the top, and Fletcher owned quite a lot of land. Stephen Collier, as Katie stated, have been going out with Anne Ralston round the time she disappeared, which had additionally been coincidental with the homicide of Raymond Addison, the London private-enquiry agent. someplace, someway, Sam Greenock used to be eager about all of it. What if Sam had instructed Stephen that Bernard Allen have been involved with Anne? And what if she was once capable of inform Allen whatever incriminating approximately Collier, whatever to do with the Addison homicide? that might definitely supply Stephen a intent.

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