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Friend of the Devil

Friend of the Devil

When Karen Drew is found sitting in her wheelchair staring out to sea with her throat cut one chilly March morning, DI Annie Cabbot, on loan to Eastern Area, gets lumbered with the case. Back in Eastvale, that same Sunday morning, 19-year-old Hayley Daniels is found raped and strangled in the Maze, a tangle of narrow alleys behind Eastvale’s market square, after a drunken night on the town with a group of friends, and DCI Alan Banks is called in. Banks finds suspects galore, while Annie seems to hit a brick wall–until she reaches a breakthrough that spins her case in a shocking and surprising new direction, one that also involves Banks.

Then another incident occurs in the Maze which seems to link the two cases in a bizarre and mysterious way. As Banks and Annie dig into the past to uncover the deeper connections, they find themselves also 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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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 9th August 2007

Price: £16.99

ISBN-13: 9781840329520

Reviews

Watch for those twists - they'll get you every time
Ian Rankin
'Robinson has to use all his ingenuity to find the solution to both killings. This book benefits hugely from Robinson's sympathetic leading man and the richly recorded Dales settings.'
<i>Scotsman</i>
'PIECE OF MY HEART brilliantly evokes the time of British psychedelia (which I remember as standing in a muddy field sucking on a weak joint), as well as being a terrific contemporary crime novel.'
<i>Independent on Sunday</i>
'Peter Robinson has for too long, and unfairly, been in the shadow of Ian Rankin; perhaps Piece of My Heart, the latest in the Chief Inspector Banks series, will give him the status he deserves, near, perhaps even at the top of, the British crime writers' league . . . Piece of My Heart brilliantly interweaves past and present, providing two strands of tension for the price of one, and further enhancing Alan Banks's reputation as one of crime fiction's most appealing cops.'
Marcel Berlins, <i>The Times</i>
Peter Robinson is good at producing ingenious mysteries, and this one does not disappoint
Daily Telegraph
Classic Robinson: a labyrinthine plot merged with deft characterisation
Observer
Praise for Piece of My Heart
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'This is Banks' 16th outing and the best yet'
<i>Mirror</i>
'This book must be the bargain of the year, for it is two riveting, equally interesting crime novels in one. What takes it into the premier league, however, is Robinson's utterly convincing and moving portrayal of Chadwick and Banks'
<i>Telegraph</i>
Readers will be on the edge of their seats
Publishers Weekly
Robinson once again puts his skills to work in a police procedural that grips like pliers
Independent on Sunday