Strange Affair (Inspector Banks #15)
In this book, Banks is on holiday and relaxing at home - a temporary rental flat while his cottage, burned in a fire in the last book, is being rebuilt. Banks receives a phone message from his estranged brother, who lives in London, asking for help in a life or death matter. As...more
PROTAGONIST: Alan Banks
SUMMARY: After the fire which destroyed his home (Playing with Fire), Alan Banks has sunk into a depression. When he receives a distraught message from his brother, Roy, he has to find out what is happening. When he arrives at Roy's home in London, he finds him missing. At the same time, a young woman has been murdered, execution style, on a remote Yorkshire road. She has Alan's name and address on a paper in her back pocket. The two events are not u...more
I imagined something with women was going on, but Gareth's twist was unexpected, but great.
Banks will ferret out the truth, no matter what rules he breaks. In this British police procedural, Robinson offers up a gritty plot with some introspective ruminations on self-identity and personal relationships. As Banks ("not your everyday quaffing plonk") evaluates his relationship with his high-living, shady brother, he examines his own vulnerabilities-heightened, of course, by his nasty divorce and near-death experience in the aforementioned fire. Robinson fleshes out compelling characters...more
Not a heart thumping ride as seen in thriller novels but simply dogged investigation at its best!
This book involved Alan's brother and parents more than before, and I liked learning about them. He and Annie Cavot also cleared up some of their on-going issues with each other.
In all of the books in this series, I like the English setting, the scenic references to Yorkshire, the diverse mu...more
Annie Cabot, on the other hand, was working a supposedly unrelated death by gunshot. She also traveled to London to investigate. The two cases converge and interesting things develop. A rea...more
Peter Robinson was born in Yorkshire. After getting his BA Honours Degree in English Literature at the University of Leeds, he came to Canada and took his MA in English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor, with Joyce Carol Oates as his tutor, then a PhD in En...more