In the beginning of Lethal White, Andy Hutchins is the only subcontracted employee Strike has kept on a somewhat permanent basis. Recommended to Strike by Eric Wardle, Hutchins is a former policeman with the Met who took an early retirement after a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Hutchins is ten years older than Strike, married to a woman called Louise and is described as “thin and saturnine.” Strike finds Hutchins to be reliable and trusts him to “get the job done without constant supervision.” 1
It appears that both Strike and Robin get along well with Hutchins. Robin invites Hutchins and his wife to her and Matthew’s housewarming party and even prepares him special food.2 Hutchins sticks to a strict diet due to his MS that Strike finds “positively punitive.” 3
In Troubled Blood, Hutchins continues to be a reliable and trustworthy colleague to Strike and Robin. With his MS in remission4, he works on many of the agency’s cases and is able to provide them with helpful contacts at the Met when necessary.5 Hutchins is described as the agency’s quietest member6, but does voice his concerns to Strike about their newest hire. 7
Early on in The Ink Black Heart, Hutchins hands in his notice and leaves the agency. The agency have a leaving do dinner for him at an unnamed restaurant.
In the Strike TV series, the character of Andy Hutchins was omitted.
1: Lethal White, Chapter 1
2: Lethal White, Chapter 7
3: Lethal White, Chapter 1
4: Troubled Blood, Chapter 8
5: Troubled Blood, Chapter 32
6: Troubled Blood, Chapter 39
7: Troubled Blood, Chapter 7