Strange Affair by Peter Robinson

Here are the discussion questions for this Peter Robinson novel featured on BOOKED. Be sure to check out the general Booked club questions posted on our web site.

  1. Strange Affair is the 15th novel in the Inspector Banks series. How well did Robinson do in moving forward with his characters? How does this latest novel compare to previous instalments of the series?

  2. Inspector Banks is a character that has withdrawn from the world after a near death experience on his last case. Detective Inspector Annie Banks is a woman who is insecure about herself and her relationships. Are Banks and Cabot compelling as characters? What did you like the most about them? The least?

  3. In a previous novel in the series, Inspector Banks and Detective Inspector Annie Cabot had a brief romance that ended sourly. Is their relationship as colleagues and ex-lovers believable? How did that emotional discomfort enrich Strange Affair?

  4. Another interesting character that we never get to meet is Roy Banks, the missing brother of Inspector Banks. What did you think of him? Was he believable and compelling as a selfish character that discovers his moral compass as a result of being in New York City on September 11th?

  5. Inspector Banks has an estranged relationship with his brother Roy and although his parents clearly love them both, they have an inexplicable soft spot for Roy, the dodgy youngest. Is the estranged family relationship believable and did it have an effect on how you view your own bond with parents and sibling(s)?

  6. This novel touches on some interesting subject matters and themes. There is the post Cold War sex trade, human trafficking, and abortion issues to name a few. Did the author manage to bring any fresh perspectives to these topics?

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