Strange Affair is another book in Peter Robinson's popular Inspector Banks series. Banks has lost his home to a fire. Coupled with his previous divorce and a failed romance, this event plunges Banks into a depression that isolates him from his freinds and co-workers. He is jolted into action by the disappearance of his only brother.
Following a series of clues that takes him to London, Banks uncovers evidence that his brother may have been involved in gun smuggling. His investigation takes him into the murky world of London crime. Banks finds himself and those around him placed in danger by his actions.
At the same time Inspector Annie Cabot's investigation of a roadside murder leads her to the same people being investigated by Banks. The two must work together while dealing with the awkward reality of being former lovers.
This report prepared by doug mcqueen
Morrow, Feb 2005, 24.95, 352 pp.
Chief Inspector Alan Banks of Eastvale, North Yorkshire is recuperating after he almost lost his life in a home fire set by Detective Annie Cabbot's psychopathic boyfriend. He lost everything in the fire and while on medical leave falls in a deep depression. When his brother Roy calls, leaving a message on the answering machine, he asks him for his help, saying his life might be in danger. When Banks can't get him on the phone, he travels to London but Roy is nowhere to be found.
In Eastvale, a woman is found dead in her car, a bullet in her head. In her pocket is the address of Alan's former home which is being rebuilt. Annie tries to find Banks but he didn't report to anyone where he was going. After fruitless searching, Roy's body is found in the river with a bullet in his head. Alan and Annie discover the murdered woman was Roy's girlfriend, a clear link between the two cases. Now they have to find out what Roy was afraid of and what he sent his girlfriend to tell Alan.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner