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En märklig affär (Inspector Banks #15)

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Efter den våldsamma branden som ödelade hans hem har överkommissarie Alan Banks varit sjukskriven. Han är trött, deprimerad, och vet inte om han någonsin orkar återgå till arbetet vid Yorkshirepolisen. När brodern Roy, som inte hört av sig på många år, plötsligt tar kontakt ser Alan en chans att börja om. Han beger sig till London, men när han kommer dit är Roy spårlöst fö ...more
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Published 2007 by Månpocket (first published December 1st 2004)
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As if life hasn't thrown him enough curveballs lately, Banks' holiday is interrupted by a mysterious phone message from his estranged brother Roy, who, as they say "turns up missing." Banks being Banks, he places his depression firmly on the back burner and sets out to discover what's going on in the life of his wheeler-dealer sibling. Chapter by chapter, this investigations becomes more and more complex, as several seemingly unrelated events and crimes prove to be very much related indeed. Alon ...more
I'm a fan of Peter Robinson's mysteries featuring DCI Alan Banks, but haven't read one for a while. When I became disenchanted with the last book I read and abandoned it, I went in search of the next novel in this series.

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
RATING: 4.25
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
This is the 15th book in the Inspector Banks series and all I can say is that Peter Robinson gets better with every book I read. I love the complexity of the characters. Robinson is not one to create returning characters who lead lives that are all wonderful and perfect. He allows his characters to learn from the hard events that touch their lives. In this book Inspector Alan Banks is forced to face a tragedy that happened to him in the previous book as well as face another personal tragedy that ...more
I feel like Banks is a bit slow to put the pieces together here, but Robinson does a nice job of handling the fallout from the prior case, particular in the emotion element of how Banks handles it and the impact on his relationship with Annie Cabot.
Well, Robinson has yet to disappoint me. This is no exception. Had me hooked from beginning to end.
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Banks is recovering from his injuries in the fire that destroyed his cottage and nearly killed him. He's still at loose ends, a bit depressed, when he gets an urgent message from his younger brother Roy. They have never been close. Roy is the parents favorite, a successful entrepreneur with a flashy life style and a habit of playing things right to the edge of what is legal. Their parents hold him up as an example of what Banks could have become, if only he had not joined the police force. After ...more
Kevin Allmaras
Another in the Alan Banks series. Alan Banks recovers from his home being burned down and his life being simultaneously put in danger and saved by his ex-girlfriend and partner on the police force. Annie Cabot his ex girlfriend is trying to figure out how to get Alan back into the fold. While Banks is on leave he gets a call from his younger brother Roy on his machine. The message is one of concern for Banks since he and his brother are mostly estranged. The message also implies that Roy is in d ...more
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks receives an urgent phone call from his brother asking for his help. He has never been close to his brother Roy, but alarmed by the message on his answerphone he sets off from the Yorkshire Dales for London to see exactly what the problem is. But on his arrival he finds his brother� s house empty and no-one knows where he is.[return][return]Meanwhile back in Yorkshire DI Annie Cabbott is investigating the death of a young woman found in her car. She had Banks� ...more
Tim Swift
Robinsons books sometimes involve a lot of personal detail which can make the pace seem slow at times - but he can vary this effectively when he wants to. Within the first chapter, he has set out the main themes of the mystery. A young woman running scared as she drives north on the M1, fearful of being followed. A call out of the blue from his distanced brother, Roy, asking Banks to comment him urgently. The body of a young woman found stopped and shot in a car in a quiet country road in the Yo ...more
DCI Banks is depressed, and with good reason. His house has been burnt down, and he lost all his possessions and nearly his life. He has no relationships to speak of; and he's on leave from work. So it's appropriate that his long-estranged brother calls him and asks for help. Banks hies to London, where his brother Roy has now disappeared. Meanwhile, back in Yorkshire, a woman is found murdered with Banks' old address in her pocket. What's the connection to Banks? (and which Banks?)
a well-put-to
#15 DCI Alan Banks police procedural set in Yorkshire, UK. Banks, still recovering from the devastating fire at his cottage that almost cost him his life, is on holiday and wondering what to do with his time when he receives a couple of cryptic voicemails from his brother Roy, a wheeling-and-dealing financier in London. Alan and his younger brother are not close and never have been, and they rarely speak on the phone unless there's a problem, so the message--which sounds almost desperate though ...more
well written, slowly paced mystery involving a detective in England. I enjoyed the style--reminiscent of Larson (dragon tattoo) writer. I liked the scenery and English "stuff" in the book, like I was visiting. I also liked that even though this is #15, I did not feel left out or missing. I am sure I could learn a lot more about the characters in the other books.
I imagined something with women was going on, but Gareth's twist was unexpected, but great.
Bookmarks Magazine

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

Farshana Sihab
My first book in the series and i loved it. There are lot of things, i think, are connected to what has occurred in previous books in the series but itz ok. The mystery reveals itself at its own pace and shows the growth of Bank's along the way!

Not a heart thumping ride as seen in thriller novels but simply dogged investigation at its best!
February Four
I personally think that Strange Affair is one of Peter Robinson's best books (that I've read so far, anyway.) Everything ties together neatly, but not so pat that it reads like a manufactured book. Real life is always messy. Robinson has written a book that reflects it, but makes sense out of the madness.
Bob Fowler
A good book, but maybe I have read too many by Peter Robinson because it did not have the same kick as previous ones. This one starts well - a woman is followed along the M1 motorway late one night and found the next day murdered. When the police arrive to inspect the body, they find she is carrying a note with Inspector Banks' address. Meanwhile, Banks is on leave but gets a phone call from his brother in London, asking to see him urgently. Banks travels to London but his brother is missing. Wh ...more
Not a new entry in this series, but one that bears rereading. In this one, DCI Banks has to solve his own brother's murder and come to terms with the fact that he really didn't know his scapegrace brother. It's also an insight into the sickening trade in young prostitutes (many of them abducted from their villages) following the breakup of the USSR. Well written as always.
Jina Howell-Forbes
This is a typical DCI Alan Banks mystery. Not much else to say. If you are reading the series, you know the characters, and if you haven't read the series, than you definitely should not begin with book #15.

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
Just of late Banks has been investigating cases that are very personal. Still recovering from the fire which destroyed his cottage Banks finds himself embroiled in the murky world that is his brother Roy's life, juggling the responsibilities of his job and trying to protect his parents although Roy was the black sheep of the family to Banks he was the apple of their eye to his parents. It was a little bit of stretch for me but I managed to fully immerse myself into this one as it was coming so c ...more
Debbie Maskus
In this Alan Banks mystery, Alan is recovering from his brush with death and the destruction of his cottage by fire. Annie and Alan have not resolved their differences due to Phil Keane. The story starts with the death of a young woman, and a puzzling message left for Alan from his brother Roy. The story takes many turns agter Aln arrives at Roy's house "in the mews". As usual, Robinson builds a moving story, but he also explores the injustices of life. In this story, he uncovers the young girls ...more
Judy Goodnight
Another intricately plotted story in the Inspector Banks series by Peter Robinson. It's been 4 months since the traumatic ending of the previous book "Playing With Fire" and it hasn't been a good four months for Banks. A strange phone call from his brother Roy leads Banks south to London to find his brother disappeared. Back in Eastvale, DI Annie Cabbot takes charge of the murder investigation of a woman shot in her car. The kicker? A slip of paper in her jeans pocket with Banks' name & addr ...more
Genevieve Scholl
Wonderful storyline, great detail in the crime evidence and background. Really enjoyed listening to this on audiobook and the narrator's voice was perfect. Soothing.
If you have not read any of the Inspector Banks novels, you should. They are well written, well done mysteries. I personally dislike stories where the characters act in illogical ways (like these female chef types who solve mysteries where trained police fail)..the Inspector Banks stories are tightly woven with many intricate characters who behave 'normally' under the circumstances. The endings are not obvious but make sense (like no one comes from left field that was the protagonist). Once I pi ...more
Barbara ★
This is the first title I've listened to by Peter Robinson. I really liked Banks and Cabot. Alan Banks's estranged brother Roy called and left a desperate life and death message on Alan's machine. After having no luck reaching Roy by telephone, Alan traveled to London to investigate his brothers disappearance.

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
Mary Ahlgren
I especially appreciate the depth of his description of the relationship between very different siblings.
Really do like this series. Know I'm reading them out of order but they are just so entertaining!
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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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