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Publisher's Summary

Chief Inspector Alan Banks and Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot must work together to solve two chilling crimes in a stunning new novel by New York Times best-selling author Peter Robinson.

One morning in March, on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea, a woman named Karen Drew is found in her wheelchair with her throat slit. Back in Eastvale on that same morning, in a tangle of narrow alleys behind a market square, the body of Hayley Daniels is found raped and strangled.

Two murders...two towns....

On loan to a sister precinct, Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot draws the first case. Karen Drew seems to have lived a quiet and nearly invisible life for the past seven years. Try as she might, Annie turns up nothing in the woman's past that might have prompted someone to wheel her out to the sea and to her death.

Meanwhile, in the Hayley Daniels murder, Chief Inspector Alan Banks has suspects galore. Everywhere she went, the 19-year-old student attracted attention. Anyone could have followed her on the night she was out drinking with friends, making sure she never made it back home.

Then a breakthrough spins Annie's case in a shocking and surprising new direction, straight toward Banks. Coincidence? Not in Eastvale. Banks and Annie are searching for two killers who might strike again at any moment - and with bloody fury.

©2008 Eastvale Enterprises Inc.; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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This time Book 4; Reader 5

This is how the Banks series should be read! Try this one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Improvement from previous narrator

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, I liked the story. It was very complex and there was a lot of other smaller stories going on in the background with the main character, which added a certain amount of color to the story.

What other book might you compare Friend of the Devil to and why?

It is in keeping with previous books by this author.

Did Simon Prebble do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Simon Prebble was definitely an improvement from the previous narrator, it took a little while to get used to the different take on the characters. I really enjoyed James Langton's narration, but this was definitely manageable. It was a little over produced, the music added at random times was annoying, and I am not sure why they felt they had to use that strange sound effect when Banks read Templeton progress note.

Did Friend of the Devil inspire you to do anything?

Yes, I think I might be able to continue with the series, I stopped when I listened to Ron Keith.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Jarring Music in an Otherwise Good Book.

Good story😀, but there was that hideous music/noise. 😱Whatever the purpose of the music, it was distracting. What producer & person in charge of music/sound would ever think this was okay? It was jarring. This audiobook was interesting & enjoyable. I really enjoy the D.C. Banks series & think Simon Prebble does such a good job of narration. I don't enjoy listening to a book where the narrator tries to alter their voice based on gender of the character. I hope never to hear those "musical" sounds again.

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Ruined by music

What did you love best about Friend of the Devil?

Simon Prebble is at his usual best here. I like the way Robinson runs 2 investigations simultaneously.

Any additional comments?

What's with the music at odd times? not even between chapters. and it runs over into the first few words of the following section. Definitely a bad idea. I see they do it again in the next installment.

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Can't go wrong with Prebble...

Simon Prebble most Excellent. Hated the mixing in of that awful music? Not only awful but made it hard to hear the words at the start of the chapter.

Most suspenseful book so far. Complex story too.

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Stop the music

the music at beginnings of each part was ridiculous and distracting, to point of interfering with hearing the narration. Otherwise, the story ans Simon Prebble were very good.

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Matters of the Heart

I liked it...! It keep my mind spinning. The charactors where phenominally narrated! Good Novel.....Great Narrator....Author DeAnn DeVille

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Another great story by Robinson & Prebble

I really liked this story as I've enjoyed the other audio books by Peter Robinson. For me, Simon Prebble's voice makes the story really come alive.
As someone else mentioned, the music is just wrong! This music does not enhance any part of the production. It's jarring in its intro, is slow to fade and completely ruins the mood created by Prebble's reading. The story & reading are very good-and I would recommend on only those merits.

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  • Sharon
  • GREENVILLE, SC, United States
  • 07-22-12

Ditch the music

The addition of distracting music which certainly isn't part of then book is totally unnecessary. Let the book stand alone not. Don't mess with it.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful