Andy Hutchins

In the beginning of Lethal White, Andy Hutchins is the only subcontracted employee that Strike has kept on a somewhat permanent basis.  Recommended to Strike by Eric Wardle, Hutchins is a former policeman 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.” 

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. Hutchins sticks to a strict diet due to his MS that Strike finds “positively punitive.”

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