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Strange Affair : Inspector Banks Novel Paperback – Unabridged, 3 Jun 2005

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Product details

  • 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 216,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

"Different and intriguing." -- Sunday Telegraph

"Absorbing.Robinson continues to stretch the boundaries of the standard procedural." -- Orlando Sentinel

"The best Banks book in years." -- Winnipeg Sun

"A happy discovery." -- Lady Antonia Fraser in the London Sunday Times

"A skillful writer." -- Houston Chronicle

"Superlative...Deeply absorbing...Gripping." -- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Remarkable." -- Globe and Mail (Toronto)

"Exquisitely complex and atmospheric." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Taut, carefully thought out.with plots that are refreshingly clich-free." -- Time Out London

"First-rate . an addictive crime series . bet you can't read just one." -- Janet Maslin, New York Times

"Smart and shapely ... immaculately constructed." -- Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

"Psychologically acute fiction." -- The Strand

"Complex and intelligent." -- Sunday Times (London)

Peter Robinson is:"A gifted creator of fully fleshed and vividly present characters." -- Boston Globe

"Splendid." -- San Diego Union-Tribune

"Cunning.authentic and atmospheric." -- The Independent (London)

"Robinson is on a winning streak." -- Tampa Tribune

"Deeply nuanced works of art." -- Dennis Lehane

"The best Banks book in years."--Winnipeg Sun

Peter Robinson is: "A gifted creator of fully fleshed and vividly present characters."--Boston Globe

"A skillful writer..."--Houston Chronicle

"Remarkable."--Globe and Mail (Toronto)

"Robinson is on a winning streak."--Tampa Tribune

"If you haven't read Robinson .... what on Earth is stopping you? .... A clever and entertaining thriller."--Miami Herald

"Flawless plotting and superbly drawn characters....[Robinson] is a master craftsman."--Tampa Tribune

"Fascinating....Robinson, with his usual deft touch and unblinking eye, brings the story to an unexpectedly gut-wrenching conclusion."--Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Superlative...Deeply absorbing...Gripping."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Cunning...authentic and atmospheric."--The Independent (London)

"Stunningly complex and intricately plotted....Peter Robinson fools and entertains me with every twist."--Nevada Barr

"Different and intriguing."--Sunday Telegraph

"The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are, simply put, the best series now on the market."--Stephen King

"Splendid."--San Diego Union-Tribune

"An engaging pleasure . . . like red wine, [Banks] gets better and more interesting with age."--Publishers Weekly

"Robinson has won just about every mystery award there is....His latest shows why."--Booklist (starred review)

"A damn fine crime novel...like a master class in crime fiction."--Baltimore Sun

"Complex and intelligent."--Sunday Times (London)

"First-rate ... an addictive crime series ... bet you can't read just one."--Janet Maslin, New York Times

"Smart and shapely ... immaculately constructed."--Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

"The equal of legends in the genre such as P.D. James and Ruth Rendell."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Robinson actually seems to grow in front of our eyes, delivering books of greater complexity each time."--Otto Penzler

"Psychologically acute fiction."--The Strand

"A happy discovery."--Lady Antonia Fraser in the London Sunday Times

"Absorbing...Robinson continues to stretch the boundaries of the standard procedural."--Orlando Sentinel

"Robinson shows he's a master ... mixes a gritty plot with intense character studies....Consistently compelling."--Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Deeply nuanced works of art."--Dennis Lehane

"A fast-moving story [with] some knockout scenery and an assemblage of delicately drawn characters."--Raleigh News & Observer

"Exquisitely complex and atmospheric."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

First-rate an addictive crime series bet you can t read just one. --Janet Maslin, New York Times"

Smart and shapely ... immaculately constructed. --Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review"

A damn fine crime novel...like a master class in crime fiction. --Baltimore Sun"

If you haven t read Robinson .... what on Earth is stopping you? .... A clever and entertaining thriller. --Miami Herald"

Fascinating....Robinson, with his usual deft touch and unblinking eye, brings the story to an unexpectedly gut-wrenching conclusion. --Richmond Times-Dispatch"

A fast-moving story [with] some knockout scenery and an assemblage of delicately drawn characters. --Raleigh News & Observer"

Flawless plotting and superbly drawn characters .[Robinson] is a master craftsman. --Tampa Tribune"

Robinson shows he s a master ... mixes a gritty plot with intense character studies....Consistently compelling. --Florida Sun-Sentinel"

Remarkable. --Globe and Mail (Toronto)"

The best Banks book in years. --Winnipeg Sun"

Superlative...Deeply absorbing...Gripping. --Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)"

Robinson has won just about every mystery award there is .His latest shows why. --Booklist (starred review)"

An engaging pleasure . . . like red wine, [Banks] gets better and more interesting with age. --Publishers Weekly"

Robinson is on a winning streak. --Tampa Tribune"

Deeply nuanced works of art. --Dennis Lehane"

The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are, simply put, the best series now on the market. --Stephen King"

Stunningly complex and intricately plotted....Peter Robinson fools and entertains me with every twist. --Nevada Barr"

Complex and intelligent. --Sunday Times (London)"

Exquisitely complex and atmospheric. --Los Angeles Times Book Review"

Taut, carefully thought out with plots that are refreshingly clich?-free. --Time Out London"

Cunning authentic and atmospheric. --The Independent (London)"

Different and intriguing. --Sunday Telegraph"

Peter Robinson is: A gifted creator of fully fleshed and vividly present characters. --Boston Globe"

A happy discovery. --Lady Antonia Fraser in the London Sunday Times"

A skillful writer --Houston Chronicle"

Absorbing Robinson continues to stretch the boundaries of the standard procedural. --Orlando Sentinel"

Robinson actually seems to grow in front of our eyes, delivering books of greater complexity each time. --Otto Penzler"

Splendid. --San Diego Union-Tribune"

The equal of legends in the genre such as P.D. James and Ruth Rendell. --St. Louis Post-Dispatch"

Psychologically acute fiction. --The Strand"

"Taut, carefully thought out...with plots that are refreshingly cliche-free."--Time Out London

-First-rate ... an addictive crime series ... bet you can't read just one.---Janet Maslin, New York Times

-Smart and shapely ... immaculately constructed.---Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

-A damn fine crime novel...like a master class in crime fiction.---Baltimore Sun

-If you haven't read Robinson .... what on Earth is stopping you? .... A clever and entertaining thriller.---Miami Herald

-Fascinating....Robinson, with his usual deft touch and unblinking eye, brings the story to an unexpectedly gut-wrenching conclusion.---Richmond Times-Dispatch

-A fast-moving story [with] some knockout scenery and an assemblage of delicately drawn characters.---Raleigh News & Observer

-Flawless plotting and superbly drawn characters....[Robinson] is a master craftsman.---Tampa Tribune

-Robinson shows he's a master ... mixes a gritty plot with intense character studies....Consistently compelling.---Florida Sun-Sentinel

-Remarkable.---Globe and Mail (Toronto)

-The best Banks book in years.---Winnipeg Sun

-Superlative...Deeply absorbing...Gripping.---Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

-Robinson has won just about every mystery award there is....His latest shows why.---Booklist (starred review)

-An engaging pleasure . . . like red wine, [Banks] gets better and more interesting with age.---Publishers Weekly

-Robinson is on a winning streak.---Tampa Tribune

-Deeply nuanced works of art.---Dennis Lehane

-The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are, simply put, the best series now on the market.---Stephen King

-Stunningly complex and intricately plotted....Peter Robinson fools and entertains me with every twist.---Nevada Barr

-Complex and intelligent.---Sunday Times (London)

-Exquisitely complex and atmospheric.---Los Angeles Times Book Review

-Taut, carefully thought out...with plots that are refreshingly cliche-free.---Time Out London

-Cunning...authentic and atmospheric.---The Independent (London)

-Different and intriguing.---Sunday Telegraph

Peter Robinson is: -A gifted creator of fully fleshed and vividly present characters.---Boston Globe

-A happy discovery.---Lady Antonia Fraser in the London Sunday Times

-A skillful writer...---Houston Chronicle

-Absorbing...Robinson continues to stretch the boundaries of the standard procedural.---Orlando Sentinel

-Robinson actually seems to grow in front of our eyes, delivering books of greater complexity each time.---Otto Penzler

-Splendid.---San Diego Union-Tribune

-The equal of legends in the genre such as P.D. James and Ruth Rendell.---St. Louis Post-Dispatch

-Psychologically acute fiction.---The Strand --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

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

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Peter Robinson is a cut above many others in this genre. He writes well and holds your attention. But of course, Alan Banks is a troubled, unsettled single man with a troubled, unsettled past (template). And you have to be prepared to enter what seems an unreal world. I don't think that in practice police work is (often) clouded with family involvement, as it is in the soaps. And at 10% we get a development which seems very unlikely. I thought of giving up at this stage, but thought to myself, "come now, Morse and Lewis have made Oxford the murder capital of England, and Rosemary and Thyme find two bodies a week, so don't be so stuffy".

However, at 14% we find that the single, good looking Detective Inspector had had an arsonist and would be murderer as a boy friend, and had also been raped. It was like arriving late at a very unpleasant party. So I decided to leave.
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All the Inspector Banks books are a terrific read. I started with "Cold is the Grave" first and wondered why I was missing things. This is because it is a series and while the books can be read on their own it is better to start at the beginning of the series and follow on from there. The author sometimes mentions previous crimes or people from previous crimes and seems to do this in all the books. I would highly recommend these to anyone who likes crime novels.
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Love Peter Robinson.
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Couldn't put it down. Peter Robinson's is the first name I look for when I want a well written crime thriller. Banks is an appealing and believable character.
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Same brilliance everytime
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GOOD READ
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 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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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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