Strange Affair : Inspector Banks Novel Paperback – Unabridged, 3 Jun 2005
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.
Really must try and start from the beginning of the Banks series, as I've read various books which all happen at different stages, and it would be good to read them in sequence, though each of them is perfectly able to be read in isolation from the others, as the author refers to past events without labouring them, so it doesn't impinge on the current story line.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A return to form for Robinson & Banks, plenty of intrigue and a pacey well told story.Published 7 days ago by Matt W
Have read the series all the way from the start and whilst I still found this book to be a page-turner and it was good to see the continued careful character development, I thought... Read morePublished 13 days ago by heather444
Following on from "Playing with Fire," this novel finds a recuperating DI Banks, officially on holiday, receiving a mysterious and upsetting phone call from his younger... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stanley Crowe
Excellent as usual. Peter Robinson has once again shows that he is a master at what he does best. In Strange Affair, he deals with 2 crimes committed in York and in London. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kanen Ragoonaden
Saw this on television, and managed to purchase the book after a long wait. This is one of the best Banks Mysteries there is. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Greg Chapman
Enjoyable book and quite captivating from the start. The coincidences at the beginning are creditable as the introduction to the characters gave an insight into their thinking.Published 2 months ago by Amy Page
Once again a good read, plenty to keep your nose in the book. Inspector Banks, chasing criminals in London this time but thank goodness the plot also involved his local patch and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr T D Whitehurst