Friend of the Devil (novel)

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Friend of the Devil
Author Peter Robinson
Country Canada
Language English
Series Inspector Alan Banks, #17
Genre Crime novel
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date
August 2007
Media type Print (Hardback), (Paperback)
ISBN 0-340-83689-X
OCLC 86166988
Preceded by Piece of My Heart
Followed by All The Colours Of Darkness

Friend of the Devil is the seventeenth novel by Canadian detective fiction writer Peter Robinson in the multi award-winning Inspector Banks series of novels. The novel was first printed in 2007, but has been reprinted a number of times since.


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, 18 -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.

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