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  • Paperback: 426 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books, London; Reprints edition (3 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330491652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330491655
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.7 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,551 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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'...deeply absorbing, and the nuances of Banks's character are increasingly compelling.' -- Publisher's Weekly, Jan 2005 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The gripping new Inspector Banks novel from the bestselling author of PLAYING WITH FIRE

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Wingnutrustee on 29 April 2005
Format: Hardcover
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
and
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By lmhh VINE VOICE on 18 Aug. 2006
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on 22 Nov. 2005
Format: Paperback
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 By Jan Stromsem on 21 Jun. 2005
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Jan. 2015
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And a very strange affair it is too. DCI Alan Banks gets home to find a message from his brother, Roy, saying that he must speak to him on a matter of life or death. The fact that Roy has phoned is strange enough because the brothers haven't ever seen eye to eye about anything but even stranger is the fact that he sounds frightened out of his wits. As Banks is on holiday he decides to travel down to London when he can't get through to Roy on the phone and find out what's going on. Then a young woman's body is found shot dead in her car on a country road with Banks' name and address in her pocket.

What follows is a frightening and complex trail of evil which covers many of the usual crimes together with a few you might not have thought of. I found it compelling and disturbing reading with some very plausible villains who will stop at nothing to get what they want. The book also raises some interesting and thought provoking questions about family loyalty and how far you can and should extend it. It presents some difficult problems for Banks himself when he is not really in a fit state to deal with them as he is still struggling with the aftermath of losing his home and all his possessions and almost his life when his home was burned down at the end of the previous book in the series.

Well written and complex with believable and likeable characters and some interesting motivations. The books in the series can be read in any order but it is interesting to see how Banks himself develops over the course of the books.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Edwards VINE VOICE on 10 April 2006
Format: Paperback
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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