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Friend Of The Devil (Inspector Banks #17)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  3,854 ratings  ·  228 reviews
Two murders . . . two towns . . .

A woman sits in a wheelchair perched on a cliff high above the sea, her throat slit from ear to ear . . .

In a maze of narrow alleys behind a market square, a teenaged girl has been murdered after a night of drunken revelries with her friends.

A pair of horrific crimes, the first—a seemingly senseless murder of a helpless paraplegic—falls to
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Published October 13th 2009 by William Morrow (first published 2007)
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I can tell you without having to look it up that Peter Robinson is in his 50's. And probably going thru male menopause.

I can tell you this because his main character, Inspector Alan Banks, is in *his* 50's and seems to be going through male menopause, and because Robinson is obsessed with making sure I know every single excruciating detail of Banks' fictional life, from what he has at mealtimes to the hipness level of the music Banks is listening to, including song title, band/artist name, and
The 17th book in Peter Robinson’s series...and just as good as all the other books before it. Robinson’s methodical and precise style of writing is always a delight to read. Alan Banks and DI Annie Cabbot are each involved in a case of murder. The book moves between both murder stories, sometimes separately and sometimes overlapping them. Robinson brings in the story line from one of his standalone books, “Caedmon’s Song”. Although Banks didn’t appear in this book at all it plays a big role in “ ...more
Robinson's latest thriller in paperback, it seems rushed and ill-conceived. There are too many coincidences, too many pat answers, too simple a conclusion. I was not satisfied and I hope for better from Robinson's next novel.
Clare O'Beara
I have enjoyed earlier books in this series more, but this is still a well crafted set of cases.

I was surprised by Annie Cabot's going off the rails and as much by the younger lad she picks up almost stalking her after she makes it clear she's not interested. Couldn't he find a girl his own age?
Banks comes across as purposeless outside his job and starts an unlikely relationship with a much younger lady.

The crimes are serious but it's odd how this Eastvale station doesn't tackle tractor theft,
Sep 14, 2011 Marisa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marisa by: John Orr
The latest adventure for DCI Alan Banks and his second-in-charge Annie Cabbott brings back the spectre of one of their most haunting past cases. I won't say who it is - it's too much fun to feel that gasp of surprise! This case involves the murder of two women - both complex, compelling cases. The police procedural is as usual gripping and smart. But for me, the real focus was the spiral that Annie Cabbott finds herself in as she comes face-to-face with her own personal demons. She is drinking t ...more
Perhaps I shouldn't start a series with #17. But honestly, it really does feel a bit like punish the women for not dating Banks.
Paula Dembeck
In the seventeenth addition to the series, the reader visits ghosts from a past investigation as once again Robinson is able to create a tangled web of mystery surrounding two horrendous crimes.
Annie has been working in the Eastern area, seconded to help them during a period when they are short of staff. This time Annie and Alan become involved in working on two different murder cases, both of them vicious crimes.
Banks is investigating the rape and murder of Hayley Daniels, a beautiful nineteen
Saoirse Sterling
Just another one of those nondescript crime fiction books with a protagonist that is neither particularly smart or great at relationships, and a plot that relies on things just happening as opposed to anyone working things out, science-related or otherwise. The same kind of crime, the same kind of characters, the same kind of decent enough writing but not great enough to be anything except escapism. He can't write women, though. They're either victims or Victorian prudes.
This one got a little too convoluted for my taste and all the characters are navel-gazing and angsty. Otherwise standard Robinson.
Karen Brooks
Number 17 in the Inspector Banks canon, Friend of the Devil, was the first of Robinson’s books that I’d seen as a TV show (terrific) before reading. As a consequence, I read the novel with a sense of knowing the outcome but not being one hundred per cent sure – and that’s the beauty of book to TV translations, they are never quite the same. The book, of course, has far more detail, takes time to unpack scenes and explore characters inner thoughts in a way the TV cannot. So, even though I “knew” ...more
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 mu ...more
Thomas Strömquist
Another solid entry in the Banks series. A seemingly inexplicable murder of a severely disabled woman in a wheelchair is investigated by Annie Cabbott, while Banks is on the grisly and violent rape and killing of a young girl. The developments unexpectedly ties the two together. Some real mystery solving and a lot of complications in the professional and private lives of the main cast makes this one a great addition to the series.
Wendy Howard
A girl is murdered in Taylor's Yard, a maze of alleyways in the town of Eastvale, on a Saturday night. Her body is found the next day by the owner of the nearby leather-goods shop, who's storeroom is the scene of the grisley crime. DCI Banks is in charge of the investigating team.

Meanwhile, DI Cabbot is on loan to Eastern Area, and on the same day is called to investigate a body found on the cliffs with its throat cut, apparently staring out to sea. It takes little time to work out that the body
I have jumped around in this series a lot and so because of that some of the relationship stuff was confusing. I had read a number of the earlier books in order then due to availability of audio versions in my area I had to skip around and read another later in the series book and now this one. I always enjoy this series and Robinson's writing. I gave this one a "3" because of the goryness )is that even a word? It is now.) of the violence. I mean, when reading a murder mystery you expect a certa ...more
Unfortunately, not my cup of tea. I have many problems when male authors attempt to write in a woman's voice and this one just cemented my opinion that it is all too frequently a failure when it is attempted. I really found that porblem entirely too distracting to enjoy the book.
Ian Fenton
The publishers of these books obviously want to pitch them as being somewhere between Michael Connelly and Ian Rankin, but that is, in my opinion, pretty exalted company, and Peter Robinson doesn't quite reach those levels. That isn't to say that these books aren't worth reading: they are. My problem with Peter Robinson is that sometimes I find myself reading little details that don't ring quite realistic. Usually, that comes in the form of the names of the minor characters, that sometimes seem ...more
I haven't read one of Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks novels in several years so I can't really tell if "Friend of the Devil" is significantly more entertaining and suspenseful than most of the rest of his work (and most British crime fiction not written by P.D. James, Ruth Rendell) or if my response to it is just getting away from Banks, his lady friends and his family for a while.

The clues for Banks and Annie Cabot are uncovered in the hit-or-miss way that knotty problems in real life are so
Clever and full of surprises ! I loved it... DCI Banks never fails to entertain me !!
Kristine Dunn
Slightly better then the other book I just read... but not by much.
Barbara ★
This is one series I haven't read in sequence and really wish I had. I'd love to know what happened with Cabbot and Banks to cause such tension between them. And I'd understand all the particulars about the wheelchair victim who'd obviously been a previous case for Banks and Cabbott. It's not really important information to enjoy the mystery but it would certainly help with background details.

The story starts with two seemingly unconnected murders: a wheelchair-bound paraplegic with her throat c
Stephen Hayes
A student is murdered in "The Maze", a rundown area near the centre of Eastvale, and Detective Superintendent Alan Banks is looking for the killer. His colleague Annie Cabbot, seconded to another division, is called to investigate the murder of a disabled inmate of a home in the coastal town of Whitby. Subsequent investigations reveal links between the two cases, which have historical roots going back to previous cases, and events in described in some of Robinson's earlier books.

As a police pro
Paul Pessolano
This is a very well put together English mystery. Peter Robinson has written over 15 mysteries and to my chagrin "Friend of the Devel" is the first one I have read, and if they anything like "Friend of the Devel" I have been missing out on some great mysteries.

This is the story of two separate murders that may be tied into one another, even though they have taken place in two different towns. The first murder is a young girl who is out having a good time on a Saturday night. She leaves her frien
This is the seventeenth book in the Inspector Banks series, but the first I’ve read.

‘Friend of the Devil’ has an incredibly complex yet plausible plot; even so it’s easy to follow and an addictive read. Robinson's writing is tight, and he’s amazingly skilled at setting each scene. He describes his large cast of characters in such a way the reader feel’s they’ve been shown a photograph; and is left caring about each of them. However what makes this book a joy to read is the dialogue; it’s the mos
I would give this book 3.5 stars. It's the only DCI Banks I've read so far that refers back to another case. Banks is called out on a Sunday morning to a murder in the notorious Maze in central Eastvale - a young woman found raped and strangled in the back room of a leather goods storage room. She had left a local pub with her friends and announced she was going into the Maze to relieve herself. Meanwhile, Annie Cabbot, who's been seconded to the Eastern Division, is called out to a death on a c ...more
Ian Mapp
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I sometimes find it hard to keep track of all the maverick senior detectives, jazz-lovers, determined crusaders, hopeless and hopeful lovers, and gloomy drinkers.

Chief Inspector Banks returns for another Peter Robinson look at the seedy side of the North. The structure is familiar - the sometimes confusing alternation between two horrific murders that are seemingly unconnected, and the diligent and determined work of sorting out the secrets and uncovering the killers. There's a surprise death in
David Carr
I had nearly forgotten the pleasures of Peter Robinson in the decade since I read the superb In a Dry Season. Certain scenes in that book had always stayed with me, however. Returning to him now, I find that Alan Banks has continued to age with me: we are reading the same nonfiction books, he and I (Tony Judt), listening to the same music (sweet jazz), and drinking the same red wine. His experiences with Annie Cabbot, so riveting in the earlier book, are recollected here, but she is at a difficu ...more
Debbie Maskus
An Alan Banks mystery set in northern England, in this story Robinson parallels two murders: the death of a young woman and two vicious killing of a woman confined to a wheelchair. The story becomes more interesting when the identity of the lady in the wheelchair is exposed as Lucy Payne, the wife and partner in crime of Terrance Payne. The two Paynes, tortured and killed young women in a prior story. Terrance died of injuries from a clubbing by the policewoman arresting him, and Lucy jumped thr ...more
A quadriplegic woman is taken away from her nursing home, apparently by an acquaintance, and her throat is slit. Annie Cabbot is on loan to a small police station near Whitby and it becomes her case. The first wrinkle is that the woman has been living under an assumed identity. Annie finds that attorney who placed her in the home and the woman was Lucy Paine, the wife of the couple who raped, tortured and murdered young women a few years earlier. The second wrinkle is that there was an unsolved ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Friend of the Devil, by Peter Robinson, narrated by Simon Prebble, produced by Harper Audio, downloaded from

This is the latest in the Inspector Allen Banks series involving him and Detective Annie Cabot. It is somewhat of a sequel to another book, “aftermath”, I think. In that book, a couple kidnapped and tortured girls and then murdered them in their cellar. This book shows us the end of the villains from that book. Annie does some stupid things. I don’t know if we’re going to see
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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
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“The Maze, that labyrinth of alleys called ginnels and snickets locally—tiny squares, courtyards, nooks and crannies and small warehouses that had remained unchanged since the eighteenth century.” 1 likes
“There are some kinds of damage that take you far beyond normal rules and systems of ethics and morality—beyond this point be monsters, as the ancients used to say.” 0 likes
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