#112. Friend of the Devil

Friend of the Devil by Peter Robinson
Seventeenth in the Inspector Banks series

Pages: 372
Finished: Nov. 12, 2007
Reason for Reading: I received an Advanced Reading Edition. This is also on my From the Stacks challenge list.
First Published: 2007
Genre: thriller
Rating: 5/5

First Sentence:

She might have been staring out to sea, at the blurred line where the gray water meets the gray sky.

Comments: A quadriplegic is found with her throat slit on the beach and at the same time a young girl is found raped and murdered behind a local pub. As the police follow the individual cases, the author skillfully spins a web that brings these two unrelated crimes together. This the first book by Peter Robinson that I have read but it most certainly will not be the last. This is a smart, intelligent British detective novel. Even though I am a stranger to Inspector Banks, I felt as though I was meeting with an old friend. I found Banks to be a deep, multi-layered character and reminiscent of Inspector Morse. I actually found myself putting this book down as I was reading it, simply because I didn't want it to end. I wanted to stay within it's pages as long as possible. It has been a very long time since a book has affected me that way. Highly recommended! Now I must go back and start this series from the beginning.


  1. I have a friend who treats herself to the new Peter Robinson every year for her Christmas break and woe betide anyone who rings her in the middle of it. I started reading them in chronological order and haven't yet reached this one. I do think he's a very under-rated writer though and reading them in this way has really shown the development of his style. Your post has reminded me that it's about time I ordered another one from the library, thank you.

  2. This was my first Robinson book and I am definitely hooked. I really enjoyed this one also. I am glad to see that someone else was smitten with it as well!

  3. Definately smitten! I have the first one, Gallow's View, out from the library already!


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