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Friend of the Devil
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A teenage girl is found dead in a warehouse, and the same morning, another body turns up: this time, it's a quadriplegic, murdered in her wheelchair. Numerous possible suspects in one killing and a lack of logical motives in the other make these crimes difficult to investigate. Only the insightful Det. Chief Insp. Alan Banks and his sidekick, Annie Cabbot, could manage to dig up the clues they need to track down the killer. At the same time, the two continue to navigate their messy personal lives that make them real and likable and question themselves as to whether they belong together romantically. In this latest installment in the Inspector Banks series (after Piece of My Heart), best-selling author Robinson once again engages readers with the thoughtful characterizations that make his novels unique. The plot isn't as original as what readers encounter in Robinson's other mysteries, but his talent for twists and turns makes it enjoyable nonetheless. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/07.]-Linda Oliver, MLIS, Colorado Springs Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Corpses may pile up in Robinson's thrillers about Yorkshire Chief Insp. Alan Banks and his now former lover, Det. Insp. Annie Cabbot, but rock and roll will never die. In Robinson's 17th novel, named for a Grateful Dead song, Banks frequently departs from his sleuthing to listen to enough rock anthems that it seems odd for an audio version to limit its music to just a few seconds of ominous introductory notes. Prebble's pitch-perfect rendition clarifies a complex tale of two serial murders that harks back to an earlier Banks-Cabbot investigation. His narration remains on cue and unruffled even when describing a paraplegic's severed neck (victim number one), the brutalized corpse of a beautiful young girl (victim number two) or Annie Cabbot's sad fall from grace at the end of a very boozy evening. Robinson's yarn comprises intriguing police procedure and the even more intriguing personal and professional relationships of his investigators. It's an engaging medley, and Prebble's vocal expertise makes it sing. Simultaneous release with the Morrow hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 8). (Mar.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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