Friend of the Devil by Peter Robinson

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New York Times bestselling and Edgar award-winning author Peter Robinson—a riveting double homicide leaves two seasoned detectives baffled as they race against the clock before more corpses surface.

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.

The seemingly senseless Cliffside killing falls to Inspector Annie Cabbot, on loan to a local police department. The terrible death of young Hayley Daniels becomes Chief Inspector Alan Banks's investigation. But shattering revelations threaten to awaken the slumbering demons of earlier, darker times, and more blood is in the offing when the two cases brutally and unexpectedly collide.

Friend of the Devil is a chilling, brilliant, and utterly mesmerizing novel of suspense.


About Peter Robinson

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Peter Robinson's award-winning Inspector Banks novels have been named a "Best Book of the Year" by Publishers Weekly, a "Notable Book" by the New York Times, and a "Page Turner of the Week" by People. Robinson was born and brought up in Yorkshire, and now divides his time between North America and the U.K.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 431 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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If one of the victims in Peter Robinson’s novel was an “interesting killer,” what does that make her assassin? Also reviewed: novels by Jacqueline Winspear, April Smith and Jonathan Barnes.

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Book Reporter

Banks is investigating the rape and murder.

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The Bookbag

That's particularly the case with Friend of the Devil which harks back to Aftermath and to a book not in the Inspector Banks series – Caedmon's Song.

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Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot, on loan to Whitby due to a lack of cops because of the flu and other, personal reasons, takes on the wheelchair murder case, and Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks draws The Maze one.

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Gather Books

Detective Constable Winsome's struggles as a woman on the force, politically incorrect colleagues and as a junior member within Banks' team will strike a cord with many working women.

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: Chief Inspector Alan Banks investigates one murder while his colleague Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot is assigned to a second in Friend of the Devil, the 17th mystery in this long running series by Peter Robinson.Alan's case is the rape and murder of a young woman in a building located ...

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