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Strange Affair : Inspector Banks Novel [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Peter Robinson
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Book Description

3 Jun 2005

When Alan Banks receives a disturbing message from his brother, Roy, he abandons the peaceful Yorkshire Dales for the bright lights of London, to seek him out. But Roy seems to have vanished into thin air.

Meanwhile, DI Annie Cabbot is called to a quiet stretch of road just outside Eastvale, where a young woman has been found dead in her car. In the victim’s pocket, scribbled on a slip of paper, police discover Banks’ name and address.

Living in Roy's empty South Kensington house, Banks finds himself digging into the life of the brother he never really knew, nor even liked. And as he begins to uncover a few troubling surprises, the two cases become sinisterly entwined . . .

'The Banks novels are, simply put, the best series now on the market' STEPHEN KING

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  • Paperback: 426 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books, London; Unabridged edition (3 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330491652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330491655
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,976 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,, or visit his Facebook page,

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'a gritty, well-constructed thriller with a tantalizingly laid trail of clues, which leads Banks into a progressively darker world.' -- Bournemouth Echo --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire, and now lives in Canada. STRANGE AFFAIR is the fifteenth novel in his bestselling Inspector Banks series. The critically acclaimed series has won numerous awards in Britain, the United States, Canada and Europe.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Banks returns to the smoke 29 April 2005
First of all I should like to warn prospective readers of this fine book that you should read some of his earlier books first because this novel will spoil the plots...
I really like the Banks books but this is rather naughty of Mr Robinson to be so indulgent with his other books. Not all of us read these books in the order they were published.
So I warn you read these two first:
Dead Right
A Dedicated Man
A couple of other points... it is getting a little tiresome having detectives whose family and friends are the subject of the crime.
This book deals with some pretty horrendous subjects so it is not for the squeamish. OK Banks has had some real baddies to deal with but this one is especially nasty.
Finally, why oh why have they not made Banks novels into TV dramas?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice development of a familiar character 18 Aug 2006
I've read a number of Peter Robinson books, and enjoy them as relaxation if finding them a little bit lightweight. In Strange Affair however, a story about Inspector Banks and his family - with the plot revolving around the disappearance of his brother - leads to deeper development of his character and I found it much more satisfying as a result.

If you have read other "Banks" novels you won't be disappointed, and if this is the first you pick up and you like a good crime story you should enjoy it - although you may be slighly irritated by the references to events from earlier in the series.

All in all, I would consider this one of the best that Robinson has produced.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Banks - now a great series 22 Nov 2005
By A Customer
I think the Banks books have now got past the stage where you can say such and such a book is "better" or not. They deserve to be taken as a whole - in my opinion, as one of the great series of all detective fiction. Banks has grown, aged and become more serious and more complicated - and so have the puzzles he is faced with. I would recommend new readers not to start with this book - if you have the time, go back to the beginning with Gallows View and proceed from there. The plotting and characterisation in these books seem to me to outrank Ian Rankin and P.D.James - often claimed as reference points - and are well in advance of any other British writer within my experience. The only similarly compelling series I can think of is being produced by Michael Connelly with the Bosch canon, also highly recommended.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Banks is back again! 21 Jun 2005
I have read all Inspector Banks books and I was truly afraid Peter Robinson had lost the "touch" with his last book, "Playing With Fire", witch I consider not to be one of his best. However, with "Strange Affair" he is back again better than ever and I will rate it among his best three along with "Past Reason Hated" and "Aftermath". The story is gripping and the theme is up to date. Once started I could not put the book down and finished it the same day - A real page turner!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stilll gripping but getting slack 10 April 2006
By Mr. Stephen Edwards VINE VOICE
In the world of the crime novel, it's always worrying when the detective hero becomes the subject of the crime. It's usually a sign that the author is running out of ideas.
This latest Alan Banks novel moves along well, but the number of coincidences necessary to bring his brother into the plot is just not believable.
There is further evidence of slack writing and/or editing in the detail. For instance Banks could not have left his car in Earls Court all day, it is a resident parking zone with a maximum of 3 hours meter parking. Nor could he get the District line from Liverpool Street station - it doesn't go there. It may seem picky, but a two minute glance at a Tube map would have shown up the latter mistake -to the reader of crime novels, the detail is a critical element.
Overall, it's probably a bit better than "Playing with Fire", its predecessor, but "Strange Affair" cannot compare with the really top class mid-era Banks series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime Writing at its Very Best 22 Mar 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
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.

Inspector Banks receives a phone call from his brother Roy in London, something of a novelty in itself. But the phone call is quite disturbing and has an air of mystery to it. Banks immediately leaves his patch in Yorkshire and heads off down to the big city to seek out Roy. Meanwhile DI Annie Cabbot is called to the scene of a murder on a quiet stretch of road just outside Eastvale. A young woman has been found dead in her car. The strange thing is that the victim has Banks's name and address written on a piece of paper in the pocket of her jeans.

Meanwhile Banks is staying in his brothers luxurious, but empty house, uncovering more and more details about a brother, that he never really knew and didn't particularly like. Up north Annie tracks down the female victim's friends and colleagues. It seems that both trails are looking likely to intersect at some point and the consequences could be terrifying for both Banks and Annie . . .
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