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In Strange Affair, Inspector Allan Banks is off work recovering from his injuries he suffered on his last case. While he struggles to put his life back together, his only brother, Roy, leaves a disturbing and urgent message on his answering machine. When Banks can’t reach him, he heads straight to London to see what kind of life his wealthy but rather dodgy brother leads. He arrives to find the house unlocked and Roy nowhere to be found. As the trail of clues about Roy’s life and associations draws Banks into a dark circle of conspiracy and corruption, mobsters and murder, Banks suddenly realizes he’s running out of time to save Roy and by digging too deep he may be exposing himself, and his family to the same deadly danger. This is the fifteenth novel in Peter Robinsons’ Inspector Banks series.

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Curtis Rind
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I really liked Inspector Banks, and as downtrodden and drunk as he is sometimes I think the author, Peter Robinson, has a real kinship to Alan Banks. Banks is this wonderfully eclectic, intelligent, somewhat stressed out, old detective. I'm sure he was kind of a Dirty Harry in his day but he's mellowed out over time.

I also really loved the police officers' interactions with everyone, the dialogue and the characters were all true to form. I liked that the book nattered on the point that police officers have a really hard time turning into the average local everyday guy at the pub. You're constantly looking at the world through a scrutinizing eye.

I do think that Robinson accurately reflected how a police department would approach an investigation of this kind. Each detective had a specific job, and performed it from beginning to end. Although in a real police environment, Banks would never have been allowed to run his independent investigation on the side. In the real world, he would have been disciplined for it.

I found Detective Templeton's interrogation of Croppley to be unrealistic because he didn't caution him or read him his charter. Not letting someone know their rights in that situation can destroy your case against them. Or your career.

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