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Synopsis About this title When Karen Drew is found sitting in her wheelchair staring out to sea with her throat cut one chilly morning, DI Annie Cabbot, on loan to Eastern Area, gets lumbered with the case. Review : Whatever the profession from medicine to cuisine , it's always good to sit back and relax, knowing that you're in the hands of a consummate professional. Buy New Learn more about this copy. About AbeBooks. Other Popular Editions of the Same Title. Harper, Softcover. Search for all books with this author and title. Customers who bought this item also bought. Stock Image. Fiction First Congleton, United Kingdom.
Seller Rating:. New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1. Seller Image. Return to Book Page. Preview — Friend of the Devil by Peter Robinson. As Banks and Annie dig into the past to uncover connections in two cases, they find themselves dealing with the emotional baggage and personal demons of their own relationship. And it soon becomes clear that there are two killers in their midst, and that at any moment either one might strike again.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Friend of the Devil Inspector Banks, The book moves between both murder stories, sometimes separately and sometimes overlapping them. Robinson continues to build on both the professional and personal lives of both Banks and Cabbot. The ending of the book is strong and believable. Robinson once again shows tremendous skill, as he weaves two separate plots into one seamlessly entertaining police procedural story. Shelves: bloody-awful-travesties , detestable , mystery , you-have-to-be-frigging-kidding-me , will-never-read-this-author-again , how-did-this-get-published , no , soulsucking , just-plain-lame.
I can tell you without having to look it up that Peter Robinson is in his 50's. And probably going thru male menopause.
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It's unbefrigginglievably, relentlessly, tedious. In addition to Robinson's obsession with the mundane details of his main character's life - the one with which he so painfully obviously identifies - there are the unrelated leaps in plot "logic" to contend with, and two stories which must be related, but which, halfway thru this excruciating read, are not yet connected to each other.
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Add in female characters who are unbelievably uptight and unrealistic, and you have a book I'm only reading because I've nothing else in the house to occupy my scant free moments with. I find it mind-boggling that Robinson has actually written something like 18 of these horrendous Banks yarns and that at least one of them was a bestseller. It makes me angry legions of trees were sacrificed for the publication of a single one of his stories, let alone all the ones that have been published, in all their various formats.
If I could give this travesty a negative star count, I would. Don't waste your time. View all 18 comments. Sep 23, Tina rated it it was amazing 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. 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 investi Once again we have two separate murder investigations going on here. 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 to one another.
Winsome is a 6 foot black female detective hailing from Jamaica. Great job of keeping that a mystery up until the end. Why would anyone want to harm a paraplegic? That is revealed, as well as a blast-from-the-past from a previous book, when they discover the murderer in this case. As always what I love about Alan Banks is the dedication to the job as well as his personal life interests of literature, music and food. Reading some reviews there are folks who only want the murder investigation and have zero interest in the personal life and loves of our detectives.
It makes them more rounded characters for me. There was quite a bit of food mentioned in this book as many discussions take place in a pub. At one point Banks meet someone in a wine bar and enjoyed a good wine and baked brie with toasted baguette. Yorkshire puddings, sausages, vegetarian meals, Black Sheep ales and more. 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 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. She is drinking too much, she is making choices that could jeopardize her career,and there is an embarassing incident involving Banks. Annie is coming to grips with her troubled past and her real feelings for Banks, just as she has pushed him away, again. It would be agonizing, if I could only tear myself away from this latest instalment in a wonderful series. On to book View 1 comment.
Nov 05, Eadie rated it it was amazing Shelves: series , read 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 This novel was about 2 separate murders that in the end came together and were linked to murders from 18 years ago.
I now look forward to reading the next installment in the Inspector Banks series and I highly recommend this series to those who like mystery suspense thrillers and suggest that you read them in order.hudracheapa.ga
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View all 4 comments. 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. I have enjoyed earlier books in this series more, but this is still a well crafted set of cases.
Friend of the Devil (Inspector Banks, #17) by Peter Robinson
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?
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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 I have enjoyed earlier books in this series more, but this is still a well crafted set of cases. The crimes are serious but it's odd how this Eastvale station doesn't tackle tractor theft, cannabis growhouses or other major crimes.
Just bizarre deaths. I did feel too many crimes were being shoehorned into the tale, past and present. And if a girl is killed in a maze of dark lanes in town, why is no council official involved, when you would expect them to be under pressure to put up serious lighting for public safety. This is a complex and maybe over-clever tale with a lot of names to keep straight and case files expanding like concertinas, so not the best place to start the series.
Robinson's latest thriller in paperback, it seems rushed and ill-conceived.