- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan; 1st edition (7 Jan. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0333989341
- ISBN-13: 978-0333989340
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.1 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 553,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Strange Affair: The New Inspector Banks Novel (The Inspector Banks series) Hardcover – Unabridged, 7 Jan 2005
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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.
'...deeply absorbing, and the nuances of Banks's character are increasingly compelling.' -- Publisher's Weekly, Jan 2005
The gripping new Inspector Banks novel from the bestselling author of PLAYING WITH FIRE --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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:
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?
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved it! I'm gradually wending my way through all of the Inspector Banks books and, although one or two have been somewhat weaker than others, Strange Affair isn't one of them. Read morePublished 2 hours ago by Roz Bailey
Kept me entertained from the start a great one in the series, and from a different aspect to the usual investigations by BanksPublished 6 days ago by Lynne Jones
Pacey good read with storyline which makes you turn the pages or screen. Would read other novels by same authorPublished 7 days ago
Well written and exciting dedectiive story that keeps your interest to the endPublished 14 days ago by june haase
Great reading - I love this series of books, and am gripped from start to finish.Published 16 days ago by Rosie's Mum