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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.

©2007 Peter Robinson (P)2012 ISIS Publishing Ltd

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good story, weak characters

DCI Banks mysteries are always good stories with several sub plots intertwining--so this is a good read overall. The main characters are okay but a bit insipid (i see why the TV version needed to add an additional female lead with more oomph).

Initially i was put off by the dated language/attitudes. Annie--the main female cop-- "feels like a whore" and is slut shamed by Winsome, A female doctor/pathologist notes that having a tattoo doesn't make someone "a tart" etc etc. Of course sexism, racism and homophobia are rife in the police-force as elsewhere but these days you'd expect some push back from the more enlightened characters. i also found the narrator's over-enunciated style a bit icky when it came to describing female bodies on the slab.

However, the story does pan out well.

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Solid addition to the series

One of the longer novels in the series but equally intriguing. Strong clever plot as usual and great depth to the characters.

I can’t wait to read/listen to the next one.

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Enthralling

Once again an enthralling storyline with great detail of the characters, Banks, Annie and Winsom. A great listen!

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  • Tracey
  • 31-03-2015

freind not

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

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  • Robert
  • 27-09-2016

A good read ruined.

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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  • Annie
  • 10-08-2017

Great book ruined by the narrator

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?

Dont know

Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Burnip’s performances?

Definitely not.

Did Friend of the Devil inspire you to do anything?

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Any additional comments?

Love Peter Robinson's books. Such a shame no decent narrator

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  • gambling_man
  • 27-11-2020

Hard to listen

The narration was so bad by the time the end came i had lost interest in who actually did it
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  • Lynda
  • 29-07-2020

another good dci banks novel

the new narrator isn't as good as th one on h earlier novels, I'm not so keen on his interpretation on the charachters voices

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  • Lynn Kelly
  • 11-09-2019

Irritating Narration

I am struggling to finish this . The narration is appalling and has spoilt an otherwise very enjoyable story

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  • Sandywr
  • 28-04-2019

great story

I am a great fan of Peter Robinson and this book didn't disappoint. A good detective novel that leaves you guessing till the end.

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  • Liz
  • 29-03-2019

Solid and gripping Peter Robinson story..........but

Having discovered Peter Robinson’s wonderful DCI Banks at book 23, I decided to listen to them all in order. I have found them all gripping, thoroughly enjoying Simon Slater’s narration.
For some reason the narrator was changed at book 16 and this really reduced the enjoyment for me.
I’m plodding on because Simon Slater is back for book 20. Just 2 more to go before the characters sound like themselves again.

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  • Mrs. B. South Yorkshire
  • 03-02-2018

Peter Robinson at his usual best.

Another wonderful Peter Robinson mystery narrated very well by Richard Burnip. Highly recommend this Audible version.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-12-2017

Gripping and involving

Another helping of superb writing by Peter Robinson that not only leads you on a winding path to work out the killer but gives a real insight into the internal lives of the teams major characters, making them leap off the page, rather than the some procedural police thrillers where the plot outweighs the character. Robinson keeps you guessing. Can't weight to read the next one.

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  • Peter L. Robinson
  • 15-07-2017

Gripping story

What a fantastic story, really well told. The narrator had superb pace and delivery for such a fine tale.

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