Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond is the last detective: a genuine gumshoe, committed to door-stopping and deduction rather than fancy computer gadgetry....
Mark Randall lay dead in a field near Lowacre long before Smith had done what he had to do in Belfast....
Chris Lowndes decides to return to the Yorkshire dales of his youth and buys Kilnsgate House, a rambling old mansion that was once the scene of a murder....
Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross....
A relentlessly suspenseful thriller from the author of the Inspector Banks novels marks the first time that Peter Robinson has set a novel in America....
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. 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.
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
i don,t know the narrator clips his sentences almost speaking the last word louder than the rest
Has Friend of the Devil turned you off from other books in this genre?
no this genre is ok it,s the narrator that i won,t get books read by
How could the performance have been better?
reading the book without clipping the sentence just keeping it more storylike than possibly trying to hard to make the point of the character
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
hard to say 5 minutes in i had enough of the reading voice
This is a good book, with strong believable characters and a great storyline. It is ruined by the editing mistakes in the audio recording. Parts of the book and the storyline are missing while other parts are misplaced or repeated. For example chapter 22 and 30 are exactly the same.
The whole thing is a mess. A good read - ruined by sloppy editing work.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
The narrator, he is hopeless at dialogue. Everyone sounds so ponderous when they are speaking and he obviously has not bothered any research as Annie and Banks are not from yorkshire and should not have Yorkshire accents. Very annoying and the narration generally is awful.
What other book might you compare Friend of the Devil to, and why?
Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Burnip’s performances?
Did Friend of the Devil inspire you to do anything?
Any additional comments?
Love Peter Robinson's books. Such a shame no decent narrator
What a fantastic story, really well told. The narrator had superb pace and delivery for such a fine tale.
As always a great DCI Banks story. Probably one of the best. But so spoilt by a terrible performance.
Some of the male characters sounded as though they came from Trumpton and Annie Cabot sounded stupid. Also, there were many instances of incorrect emphasis. What a shame. Not again, thank you!
One of the best Peter Robinson books I have read or listened too. Excellent and well worth trying even if you don't usually read detective books
Yet another brilliantly written story. Found it gripping right to the end. Was not in awe of the narrator though.
What would have made Friend of the Devil better?
Using the same narrator as in the other DC Banks books. Listening to DC Banks with a completely different voice from all the other stories just spoilt it for me!
Has Friend of the Devil put you off other books in this genre?
Of course not. It wasn't the story just the narrator.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Different voice from the other stories with the same detective.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
I couldn't continue for reasons given, so NOT the story.
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