Before the Poison by Peter Robinson
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“The accomplished Robinson never disappoints, mixing well-developed characterizations with edge-of-the-seat action.”
New Orleans Times-Picayune

“Make no mistake, he’s among the very best.”
The Times (London)

Already justifiably acclaimed for his bestselling crime fiction novels featuring British Chief Inspector Alan Banks (“The best series now on the market” —Stephen King), Peter Robinson delivers a truly stunning standalone thriller, Before the Poison. Brilliantly combining the rich, atmospheric narrative of his award-winning In a Dry Season with the twists and suspense of the noir classic Laura, Before the Poison tells the riveting story of a composer who comes to the scene of a notorious crime and becomes obsessed with a beautiful, mysterious, and possibly very dangerous woman. Evocatively set in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales, Before the Poison is a masterful tale of mystery and suspense from the Anthony and Edgar® Award winner whose extraordinary fiction Janet Maslin of the New York Times compared to, “the masculine, brooding work of Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben, George P. Pelecanos, and Jonathan Kellerman.”

 

About Peter Robinson

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Peter Robinson's award-winning Inspector Banks novels have been named a "Best Book of the Year" by Publishers Weekly, a "Notable Book" by the New York Times, and a "Page Turner of the Week" by People. Robinson was born and brought up in Yorkshire, and now divides his time between North America and the U.K.
 
Published August 18, 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. 448 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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Peter Robinson’s novel, “Before the Poison,” stars a lonesome man who moves into an old house and falls in love with a ghost.

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Publishers Weekly

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At the outset of this haunting stand-alone from Arthur Ellis Award–winner Robinson (No Cure for Love), British film composer Chris Lowndes, a recent widower, leaves California after more than 30 years for the peace and quiet of the Yorkshire countryside.

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Book Reporter

It is only near the end of the book that Lowndes attains the answers --- or something like them --- that he seeks, while at the same time solving another minor mystery that had become the stuff of legend in the area.

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Reviewing the Evidence

The tragedy that was Grace Fox's life was, in the end, more the product of a particular historical moment than of personal failing, Though very far from a suspense-driven thriller, the well-drawn characters, both living and dead, and the skilful evocation of a past that, though only a little more...

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Reviewing the Evidence

As Lowndes digs deeper, he begins to wonder if she was, in fact, falsely accused – and senses her presence in the gloomy house.

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Express

Despite enjoying the sun-kissed California climate, Chris always knew he would some day return to his home in Yorkshire with his adored wife Laura.

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Through years of success in Hollywood composing music for Oscar-winning films, Chris Lowndes always imagined he would come full circle, home to Yorkshire with his beloved wife Laura.

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