Robinson has gone all out in this, his seventeenth Detective Chief Alan Banks outing. Readers, both Robinson fans and those unfamiliar with the author's work, will find Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot and Chief Detective Inspector Alan Banks in top form in Friend of the Devil.
On loan to the Eastern District, Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot is given the case of a paraplegic woman who has been murdered and left for the birds to ravage on a cliff top. Cabbot is stymied in her search for the killer, but some oddities that turn up cause her to realize the case is tied to an older one that still haunts Banks. Chief Inspector Banks is called out to the scene of the rape and murder of a young woman in a tangle of alleys known as the Maze. Where Annie struggles to find any suspect at all, Alan has many suspects for the rape, but none with a motive for murder. Both crimes, though heinous, occur miles apart and can't possibly be related. Or are they? When a second murder is committed in the Maze, it seems to link the two cases. Characters with hidden identities and secrets in their past, a police officer killed and Annie and Alan's complicated history all factor into some of the surprising twists Friend of the Devil takes.
Robinson skillfully moves readers between the two investigations building the suspense that will surely keep readers racing to the startling conclusion.
REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR
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