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Friend of the Devil by Peter Robinson
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Aug 27, 2009

really liked it
Read from October 26 to 30, 2011

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 most natural and realistic dialogue I’ve read; it actually felt at times like I could hear each character talking; while they were lying in bed, standing in a morgue, or simply eating chips....

The private lives of Chief Inspector Alan Banks and Inspector Annie Cabbot make a fascinating sub plot, so too is their relationship with each other. It’s a bit of a disadvantage to start this Inspector Banks series on the seventeenth – just enough details are given, but past crimes, situations or relationships are frequently referenced.

Peter Robson is a first class crime writer, with an incredible imagination and talent; I’m embarrassed this is the first of his work I’ve read.

Despite the glowing review, something was missing, stopping me from giving it five stars; perhaps because I’ve not read the previous sixteen other books...

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