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Friend of the Devil: The 17th DCI Banks Mystery Paperback – 3 Apr 2008

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (3 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340836911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340836910
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 3.4 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Watch for those twists - they'll get you every time (Ian Rankin)

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

Classic Robinson: a labyrinthine plot merged with deft characterisation (Observer)

Peter Robinson is good at producing ingenious mysteries, and this one does not disappoint (Daily Telegraph)

Readers will be on the edge of their seats (Publishers Weekly)

Praise for PIECE OF MY HEART (:)

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

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

'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)

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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 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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Format: Hardcover
Best enjoyed in the context of his earlier work AFTERMATH, Peter Robinson's FRIEND OF THE DEVIL is a stunning addition to his British police detective series. Not only does the reader glimpse more of the unfolding dynamics between the main characters, but also, the case hearkens back to the past as new murders challenge both the detectives and the reader to look at the past through a different perspective.

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.
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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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By Debra F TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Sept. 2014
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This is one of the later books featuring Inspector Banks of the Eastvale CID. A girl is murdered on a saturday night in the town centre. A woman has her throat slit in Whitby. Is there a connection?
This is one of the later books in the series which refers back to one of the earlier ones. It is not essential to have read the earlier book though if you haven't, I suspect you may wish to having read this one.
I like the Inspector Banks series of books. They are well written with a good plot but are not as complex as other crime books. Consequently, I consider these to be a slightly light detective novel. The author is not given to detailed descriptions of the crime scenes and nor are these deep, psychological thrillers. The plot is good though not too complex with lots of twists. Don't get me wrong, I like a good psychological thriller but sometimes a slightly less complex book is called for & this fits the bill.
Banks is, in some ways, a fairly typical fictional detective. His personal life is a mess and he doesn't always get on well with his senior officers. He also drives a nice car & likes classical music! It is the supporting cast which I like particularly. Winsome is a six foot black woman with a slight chip on her shoulder who causes a stir wherever she goes. Annie Cabot is an emotional wreck in her personal life but a detective to be reckoned with.
The plot is not overly complex nor totally unpredictable. However it is well structured and well written. It all comes together very satisfactorily at the end. There are poignant moments as well as amusing ones.
I have read a great many Inspector Banks books which I have enjoyed very much. This is as good a book as the others - entertaining and a good read.
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