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Every policeman’s nightmare visit
‘Strange Affair’
By Peter Robinson
Teaser Tuesday

For all you ‘random page surfers’ out there –

TEASER LINESPAGE 184PAPERBACK EDITION

Cover image of the book 'Strange Affair' by author Peter RobinsonLong before Annie paid her visit to the Berger-Lennox Centre, Banks was plowing his way through the Monday-morning rush hour traffic on his way to Peterborough. He felt numb after grappling with the demons of fear and loss most of the night, but he also felt apprehensive about what was to come. His parents doted on Roy; something like this could push his father’s heart over the edge. But he had to tell them himself; he couldn’t let the news come from some anonymous copper knocking on the door.

Brooke had gone out of his way to protect the identity of the victim from the media. As soon as Banks had told his parents, he had to ring Brooke and tell him it was done; the rest would follow. He remembered he had also promised to keep Corinne and Roy’s neighbour, Malcolm Farrow, up-to-date, but they would have to wait their turn.

After some relatively gentle questioning – very gentle, given the circumstances – Banks had handed over Roy’s mobile, the USB drive and the CD to Brooke and tried to get some sleep. The effects of the wine were fast wearing off, leaving him with a throbbing head, and sleep had refused to come. Luckily, there wasn’t much of the night left by then, and the dawn came early in June. At six o’clock, Banks was in the shower, then it was time to go pick up his car from where he had left it last night, near Waterloo Station, pick up a coffee for the road, and head for home.

THE BLURB

Cover image of the book 'Strange Affair' by author Peter RobinsonA bullet to the brain abruptly halted a terrified young woman’s desperate flight. In her pocket is the name of a policeman whose own life was brutally invaded, mercilessly shaken, and very nearly erased—a policeman who has since gone missing.

The dead woman in the car had been running from something—but she didn’t run far or fast enough. Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot would like to question the man the victim was apparently racing to meet: Annie’s superior—and former lover—Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. But Banks has vanished into the anonymous chaos of the city, drawn into a mad whirl of greed, inhumanity, and death, by a frantic phone call from the brother he no longer knows.

Banks is unaware that the threads connecting a sinister kidnapping with a savage slaying are as thick as rope . . . and long enough for a haunted and broken rogue cop to hang himself.

So you have taken a look, will you read the book?

Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

The mem host image for Teaser Tuesday, updated December 2016 'The Purple Booker'

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia @ ‘The Purple Booker‘. Each week she shares her own teaser lines and invites other bloggers to do the same. So if you have a few moments, why not stop by and see what’s on offer this time!

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Yvonne

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2 comments
  • Based on these lines, it sounds like a good detective mystery. I always appreciate you including the links to any previous posts to help me place what I might have thought about a book from a different perspective. I will admit I prefer the opening lines to these.

    • Hi Kelly,

      The character of ‘Banks’ evolves during the course of this so far, 24 book series, from Detective Inspector, to Detective Chief Inspector, and now newly promoted to Detective Superintendent.

      With ‘Strange Affair’ being book 15 and written back in 2005, there has been some real character building and development in author Peter Robinson’s writing, which has made ‘Banks’ one of the best loved detectives ever to leave the pages of a book and hit the small screen.

      Whilst the opening lines made for an atmospheric and slightly spooky beginning to the story, the notion that a police officer might have to tell his relatives of a death in the family, must be quite an emotional thing to have to do, whilst still maintaining an air of professionalism and distance during the ongoing investigation.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always look forward to reading your comments 🙂

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