Friend of the Devil Paperback – Aug 26 2008
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Fans of Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie novels will love Peter Robinson's smart and absorbing Friend of the Devil. Be sure to set aside some time to dig in--you'll be tempted to devour it in one sitting, but this gripping and finely plotted mystery deserves to be savored. If this is your first introduction to the intrepid Inspector Alan Banks, count yourself lucky--Robinson has been crafting these award-winning police procedurals for more than two decades now. --Daphne Durham --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Peter Robinson is a writer I know I can trust…. Without writers like him I couldn’t do an eighteen-month-long tour.”
— Pete Townshend, The Who
“Robinson has kept up an astonishingly high standard . . . make no mistake, he’s among the very best.”
— The Times (U.K.)
“If Elmore Leonard is the ‘Dickens of Detroit,’ as the mystery world has long proclaimed, then Peter Robinson is, undeniably, the ‘Tennyson of Toronto.’ Who else but this Canadian crime writer can, like a literary shaman, pull tragedy from a bag and transform it into a good thing — with haunting, remarkable murder stories as complex as they are redemptive, as profound as poetic?”
— Ottawa Citizen
“A fine series . . . a first-rate writer.”
— Washington Post Book World
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Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot investigate a series of chilling murders. Cabbot investigates a brutal and chilling murder of a parapalegic woman in a wheelchair while Banks investigates the brutal murder and rape of a woman found in The Maze. Although these crimes seem unrelated, the murders provoke both Banks and Cabbot to look into their own histories to past crimes that have touched their lives. The eerie murder of the mysterious woman in the wheelchair haunts the imagination as the detectives ponder the thoughts a woman unable to defend herself or even voice a protest in her last moments. The first layer of clues unraveled is only one layer to this finely constructed suspenseful mystery. When Banks' investigation solves the mystery of one crime detail of the rape and murder, more mysteries emerge. Will the security cameras around the Maze aid or complicate this investigation? Each clue, each new development twists and turns the investigation, keeping the reader in suspense until the final dramatic scene.
FRIEND OF THE DEVIL explores the ambiguity in the relationship between Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot.Read more ›
It's not necessary to read "Aftermath" before "Friend of the Devil" however I would strongly recommend it; you'll grasp so much more if you do.
Two thumbs up for this one!
Further inquiries in the “Wheelchair Murder,” as it is dubbed by the press, result in the realization that the dead woman was involved in an infamous case six years earlier [and the subject of an earlier book], with which Cabbot and Banks were deeply involved, and the case immediately becomes much more complex. An underlying theme is “the secrets and burdens people carry around with them,” and their memories.
All the favorite elements of this wonderful series are present here: The terrific writing, evocative descriptions of the English landscape and cityscape, Banks’ indulging in his regular pint or glass of wine [general over-indulgence in alcohol palpable throughout], the marvelous backdrop of music by Bill Evans, Coltrane and Monk, among others. What is different in this newest series entry is the emphasis on the character and personality of Annie Cabbot. Although Banks is the usual protagonist, and an always fascinating one he is, allowing Annie to take her equal place at center stage here only adds one more dimension to this always excellent series.
This book is hard to put down and his character development, turns and twists in the plot are second to none. I hope there are lots more Inspector Banks novels to come.
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One murder links to another and leads back in time to other unsolved cases. A really good mystery with lots of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end.Published 9 months ago by lyntrom
This was my fifth in the Banks series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good mystery and character development.Published on June 23 2014 by Geof Dunn
This is one of the more intense DCI Banks novels. Totally absorbing, with a plot resolution that stayed with me long after I finished reading the book.Published on June 16 2014 by Patricia M. Dryburgh