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Friend Of The Devil (Inspector Banks #17)

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Inspector Banks is back in this stunning new novel from bestselling author Peter Robinson. Read by Neil Pearson.
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Published August 1st 2007 by Hodder & Stoughton (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
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dci-banks-series
Once again we have two separate murder investigations going on here. In my opinion, his writing gets better with each book. So far there are currently 23 DCI Banks books out and I’m on a mission to catch up with the series. Then I can eagerly await publication of the newest book in the future.

This book, Friend of the Devil, is number 17 in the series.

DI Annie Cabbot has been loaned out to neighboring police force but she is in touch with Eastvale Police as the two investigations appear to relate
Sep 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  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
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 500-series, read-2016
This novel was about 2 separate murders that in the end came together and were linked to murders from 18 years ago. The plot had lots of twists and turns and kept the pages turning right up to the very surprising ending. I would recommend reading Aftermath and Caedmon's Song before reading this one as some of the characters were connected to the characters in those two books. I now look forward to reading the next installment in the Inspector Banks series and I highly recommend this series to th ...more
Joey Woolfardis
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.
FRIEND OF THE DEVIL. (2007). Peter Robinson. **1/2.
According to the information on the jacket, this was the 17th in this author’s Inspector Banks series of novels. I haven’t read all of them in any kind of order – unless random is an order – and have usually come away with satisfaction after a two-night read. In this episode, I got the feeling that Robinson had done some comparison shopping in the mystery section of his local bookstore. All of the idiosyncrasies of other popular writers have be
Clare O'Beara
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-crime
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,
Jan 16, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So that is my fill of Peter Robinson for a time. I did enjoy the production of the Banks series a bit more than the reading if I can count on my memory. This book had some gruesome and rather inappropriate sexual content, e.g. comments about heightened sexual fulfillment reported by young women of the time who favored Brazilians...made by the female pathologist to Banks...Really?!
How far have I fallen? Bad enough reading of raped and murdered young women, violated in every possible way, but then
Paula Dembeck
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Karen Brooks
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 24, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-british
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.
This one got a little too convoluted for my taste and all the characters are navel-gazing and angsty. Otherwise standard Robinson.
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clever and full of surprises ! I loved it... DCI Banks never fails to entertain me !!
Maggie Holmes
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been mistaken in thinking of Robinson's series as mystery. As this book says on the cover it is a novel of suspense. Suspense doesn't have to provide clues to help you figure things out. (What is the difference between suspense and thriller?)
That said, this book does provide many of the clues, and even some red herrings. There were some elements left hanging (like Annie's spooky hook-up Eric) and the usual up and down of Banks' and Annie's relationship. However, it was a more enjoyable book
Mar 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: English Mystery Fans, police procedural fans.
Recommended to Michael by: Read a favorable review.
Something changes in the quiet English seashore area of Eastvale.

A young woman named Hayley Daniels is found raped and strangled in Taylor's Yard, a narrow passage that leads from the Eastvale village to the Maze.

In a neighboring area called Swainshead the body of a quadrapeligic woman is found by a man walking his dog. The woman is still in her wheelchair and has had her throat cut.

DI Annie Cabbott is on loan to the Swainshead area constabulatory. She has spent a night with a man she just m
Shirley Schwartz
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 17th book in my beloved DCI Banks series. As usual, it was well-written with a plot that moves along at a reasonably fast pace. In this book we have Banks working on a rape and murder that occurred really close to his police headquarters, and we have DI Annie Cabbott working from another police station and she's trying to find the murderer of a quadriplegic woman. Who would slit the throat of a quadriplegic woman who hasn't even been able to speak for years? Annie digs deeper and dis ...more
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this audiobook. Chief Inspector Allan Banks is tasked with finding the rapist/killer of a young woman. Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot is on loan to a neighboring constabulary. She is called to the gruesome scene where a paraplegic woman in a wheel chair is found with her throat cut. The two cases appear to have nothing in common. On the surface, they don't. But Annie discovers a shocking truth about her disabled victim. Banks may know something about a past case that could help A ...more
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good entry in this enjoyable series, which still seems fresh and not too formulaic even though this is about book 18. Banks investigates the murder of a young woman in a warren of crooked streets, whilst Annie is seconded, investigating the murder of a paralysed woman. And both become involved in other people while still trying to negotiate their own relationship.w
Maxximillian Dafoe
Thrills On Every Page!

The beginning had me laughing—I love the dive into Annie's personal life we are treated to in this story. Soon though, the darkness bleeds in with a murder, then others—some in the past. You'll love this story.
Oct 13, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
Carolyn Rose
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though I'd seen a version of this on TV, I enjoyed a deeper look at the characters
Kristine Dunn
Slightly better then the other book I just read... but not by much.
Peter Wanless
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another of Peter Robinson's books where two apparently unconnected murder stories intertwine with one another. In the Eastvale backstreets, student Hayley Daniels is found dead. Over on the Yorkshire coast an older woman in a wheelchair has had her throat cut. As usual there are many references to previous Banks cases, especially Aftermath. There's one particularly surprising death and in a sign that we really are getting closer to modern times, we hear about a mobile phone that has a ringtone d ...more
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
Interesting how the author has taken the storyline from First Cut (a stand-alone mystery) and connected it to DCI Banks and his team. Annie is on loan to Eastern when she is called to investigate the case of a woman in a wheelchair with her throat cut. Meanwhile, Alan has caught the murder of a party girl in a dark alley near the police station, and DS Templeton is later found there with his throat cut like the woman's. Funny how Annie's and Alan's cases so often converge.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gripping, complicated case takes Inspector Banks into a maze in the heart of Eastvale, Yorkshire. Then there is a paraplegic woman murdered in her wheelchair. Can the two cases be related and can the murderer be a woman?

A definite page-turner, that relates back to a previous case that resembles the Paul Bernardo-Karla Homolka case.

Enough going on, that I nearly needed to take notes to keep up with the characters involved.

Engrossing read from a British-born Canadian.
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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
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