Friend of the Devil is the 17th volume in the Inspector Banks series by Peter Robinson.
The old team of Alan Banks and Annie Cabbot is back although this time Annie is seconded to Eastern Area. They may be working in different parts of the country but somehow you know it won’t be long before they are back together.
When Karin Drew is discovered in her wheelchair one chilly March day, staring out to sea with her throat cut, DI Annie Cabbot, on loan to Eastern Area, gets lumbered with the case. Back in Eastvale, that same Sunday morning, a nineteen-year-old girl is found raped and strangled in a tangle of narrow alleys after a drunken night on the town, 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 – a direction that involves Banks.
When PC Winsome attempts to notify Geoff Daniels about the death of his daughter, Hayley, she finds more than she bargained for – Mr Daniels is not only playing away from home but is tied, naked, to a hotel bed. The straight-laced Winsome is more than a little shocked.
Winsome gets a few more shocks as the story unravels and Annie confides in her about a drunken one night stand with a much younger man who is now becoming a nuisance. And the potential of the photos he secretly took of a drunken Annie threaten her in more ways than one.
Who was Karin Drew? Was she who they said she was? Of course not. Robinson is too good a writer to make anything that simple. What was her connection to Chief Inspector Banks? Sorry I am not about to reveal all.
Joining Banks’ team this time is a brash, young, know it all by the name of Templeton. With the insouciance of youth Templeton rubs everyone up the wrong way and ruffles more than a few feathers. He goes his own way with disastrous and unexpected results.
In true detective style, all comes good in the end. The bad guys are death with and Banks and Annie are back working together.
Friend of the Devil by Peter Robinson
Hodder & Stoughton 2007