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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 1st Edition edition (9 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405619023
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405619028
  • ASIN: 034083689X
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire, and now divides his time between Richmond and Canada. Peter has written twenty-two books in the bestselling DCI Banks series as well as two collections of short stories and three standalone novels, the most recent of which is Number One bestseller BEFORE THE POISON. The 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.

Peter's DCI Banks is now a major ITV1 drama by Left Bank productions. Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart, Ballykissangel) plays Inspector Banks, and Andrea Lowe (The Bill, Murphy's Law) plays DI Annie Cabbot. The first series aired in Autumn 2011 with an adaptation of FRIEND OF THE DEVIL, the second in Autumn 2012, and the third in February 2014.

Peter's standalone novel BEFORE THE POISON won the IMBA's 2013 Dilys Award as well as the 2012 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel by the Crime Writers of Canada. This was Peter's sixth Arthur Ellis award.

Find out more from Peter's website, www.inspectorbanks.com, or visit his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/peterrobinsonauthor.

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Amazon Review

Whatever the profession (from medicine to cuisine), it's always good to sit back and relax, knowing that you're in the hands of a consummate professional. So it is with crime fiction, and Peter Robinson is one of the most reliable names around. He has written 17 books in his much-acclaimed Inspector Bank series (Friend of the Devil is the 17th), and his writing has the confidence that is commensurate with the best in the field.

DI Annie Cabbot is on loan to another area (and is not working with her colleague, Chief Inspector Alan Banks), and finds herself saddled with a difficult case. A woman’s body is found in a wheelchair by the sea. Her throat has been ripped open. At the same time, a teenage girl has been raped and murdered after an alcohol-fuelled night out. DCI Banks is dealing with another case. The two detectives experience very dissimilar results: Banks is faced with a multiplicity of suspects, while Annie Cabbot makes absolutely no progress in her case. Those familiar with detective fiction won't be surprised to learn that the various cases turn out to be interrelated, and when the duo begin to make considerable inroads into the mysteries, they find that aspects of their own pasts are coming back to haunt them. And a burning question becomes ever more pertinent: just how many killers are involved in these cases?

We may be used to relationships between male and female detectives that alternate between the fractious and the reluctantly affectionate, but Peter Robinson has always been able to steer a very confident route down this particular avenue, always firmly keeping cliché at bay. But (as always with this author), the plot’s the thing to catch the attention of the reader, and Friend of the Devil works out a labyrinthine narrative with a particularly pleasing attention to detail. --Barry Forshaw

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Watch for those twists theyll get you every time (Ian Rankin)

' Brit cop-job books don't come much better than Peter Robinson's . . . There's none of that frantic, rat-race paced frenzy that the Yanks employ that leave you needing a lie down after half a dozen pages. This is relax-on-the-sofa stuff, layered and engrossing with just the right balance of thrill, chill and human spillage to keep the reader honest . . . Bloody marvelous' (Daily Sport)

'Whatever the profession (from medicine to cuisine), it's always good to sit back and relax, knowing that you're in the hands of a consummate professional. So it is with crime fiction, and Peter Robinson is one of the most reliable names around. He has written 17 books in his much-acclaimed Inspector Bank series, and his writing has the confidence that is commensurate with the best in the field' (Barry Forshaw, Crime Time,)

Praise for Piece of My Heart (:)

'Brilliantly evokes the time of British psychedelia ... as well as being a terrific contemporary crime novel.' (Independent on Sunday)

'Robinson makes his way through the parallel stories with masterful confidence. His prose is both textured and easygoing, the mark of a writer who knows his territory. And he continues to assemble casts of characters that stick in the reader's head.' (Toronto Star)

'Robinson is good at producing ingenious mysteries and this one doesn't disappoint.' (Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph)

'Peter Robinson has for too long, and unfairly, been in the shadow of Ian Rankin; perhaps PIECE OF MY HEART, the latest in the Chief Inspector Banks series, will give him the status he deserves, near, perhaps even at the top of, the British crime writers' league . . . PIECE OF MY HEART brilliantly interweaves past and present, providing two strands of tension for the price of one, and further enhancing Alan Banks's reputation as one of crime fiction's most appealing cops.' (Marcel Berlins, The Times)

'Two riveting, equally interesting crime novels in one' (Telegraph)

'First-time readers will find FRIEND OF THE DEVIL an entirely satisfactory free-standing detective story,comprehensible on its own terms. Devotees will be in bliss, for it will remind them of many adventures of the past, settle some old scores in surprising ways, and hold out the promise of more twists and turns to come . . . absorbing mystery . . . Robinson has always been notably successful with women characters, creating distinctive mental lives for even the least and most transient of them, as he continues to do here.' (Times Literary Supplement)

'Readers will be on the edge of their seats as the two explore not only the depths of human depravity but also their own murky relationship' (Publishers Weekly)

'Robinson once again puts his skills to work in a police procedural that grips like pliers.' (Independent on Sunday)

'The 17th Chief Inspector Banks outing is classic Robinson: a labyrinthine plot merged with deft characterisation.' (Observer)

Yet the real star could be the fictional police officer Alan Banks, the cornerstone of Richmond-based author Peter Robinsons murder mysteries set in Yorkshire . . . Now that Ian Rankin has been forced to pension off the ubiquitous John Rebus, I see Banks becoming literatures favourite rogue detective. (Yorkshire Post)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jan. 2015
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If you are reading this series out of order make sure you read number 12 - 'Aftermath' before you read this one as it gives away the ending of that book and is a continuation of it in many ways. DI Annie Cabbot is on loan to Eastern Area and is working in the murder of a woman in a wheelchair on a cliff at Whitby. She couldn't have got there by herself and it wasn't suicide so who would have had a motive to do the deed? Meanwhile, back in Eastvale, DCI Banks is involved in the brutal rape and murder of a young woman in an alley which is part of an area of the town known as The Maze.

Annie and Alan are not getting on well but neither is quite sure why. But two investigations which look as though they could be linked in ways which are far from clear mean they really do need to talk to each other and compare notes. This is a gripping and well written novel with plenty of nail biting moments and a very tense conclusion. No one will be the same when the murderer or murderers are discovered.

If you enjoy crime stories with believable and likeable characters, excellent plots which are very well written with plenty of psychological depth to them then this could be the series you are looking for. I have been reading them back to back now for the last couple of months and I am still enjoying them - which is always the test of a good series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roland Hulme on 20 Jan. 2008
Format: Hardcover
After no less than 17 dramatic murder investigations, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks might be forgiven for thinking that his sleepy little police department in the north east of England isn't all that sleepy at all!

But nevertheless, British/Canadian author Peter Robinson keeps churning out Inspector Banks mysteries and our aging detective dutifully plods through official police procedure to solve them. The most recent is recounted in Robinson's latest paperback, Friend of the Devil.

I was given an advance reading copy of this novel by Barnes and Noble, so I entered into the world of Detective Chief Inspector Banks without reference to any of his previous sixteen adventures. Fortunately, Robinson has a quick and engaging writing style and he hooks even the most unwitting reader (i.e. me) by presenting not just one, but two grisly murders within the first few pages.

There's a nineteen year old teenager who got herself raped and strangled in 'the Maze' of twisting passages in an old Yorkshire market town. Then there's a quadriplegic woman who was wheeled out of her care home onto a deserted cliff side and had her throat sliced open with a razor. Gory stuff - and Robinson doesn't skimp on the details.

Detective Banks tackles the murdered girl, while his old lover Annie Cabbot investigates the corpse in the wheelchair. Cue 372 pages of perfectly researched police procedure and angst-ridden, alcohol fueled character development.

I should lay my cards on the table. Police drama isn't really my thing. I'm no great fan of CSI and I only watch Law & Order for the courtroom bits. But Peter Robinson presents a clearly well-researched story which perfectly illustrates what a tedious, thankless task police investigation really is.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Yorkshire Rose on 23 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Oh how I waited for this new book to come out and I wasn't disappointed. Peter Robinson is, quite simply, brilliant. I cannot get enough of Alan and his complicated relationship with Annie. The link with the other book earlier in the series had left me in awe of how much I did remember, and my own visualisation of the character, albeit its a fair few years since I read it. The description of Annie walking onto the beach was so brilliantly written I felt I was actually there and could hear the sea. How my hero, Alan Banks, has not been not made into a television series and hence the best detective on television, I will never know. Peter Robinson has never once disappointed me with any of the previous 16 books in this series. I now have to be patient until he writes the next one and, boy, I cannot wait!!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire, and is the author of thirteen previous novels featuring Inspector Banks. He is the winner of numerous awards in the United States, Britain and Canada, and in 2002 he won the CWA Dagger in the Library. As I also come from Leeds the background to his stories is something that I have experienced first hand and because of this I have a special affection for his books. However they would be first class crime fiction wherever they were based. This book is the latest in the Chief Inspector Banks novels.

On a cliff overlooking the North Sea, a woman in a wheelchair stares with unseeing eyes out at the waves. looking at something she will never see again because she is dead. She has been murdered. Miles away in a storeroom in Eastvale, Yorkshire, a young woman lies still on a heap of scraps of leather. She has also been murdered. The bodies of the two women are discovered at about the same time that DI Annie Cabbot, on secondment to the Eastern Area force, wakes up with a severe hangover in the bed of a young man she barely recognizes . . .

Peter Robinson weaves another intricate plot, as only he can. If I am not mistaken this is number 17 in the Chief Inspector Banks series and they have all been excellent reading. The author's writing style makes for easy reading and his characters, particularly his lead character are well established and almost seem like old friends.
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