Winter in Denton is a busy time for DI Jack Frost, whose unsolved crime figures are mounting. A serial killer is murdering local prostitutes; armed robbery; a ram raid at a jewellers and a buried skeleton is uncovered. But Frost's main concern is for the safety of a missing schoolgirl.
The dead body of another little girl from the same school is found... Frost's prime suspect, strongly protesting his innocence, hangs himself in his cell, leaving a note blaming Frost for driving him to suicide. Coarse, insubordinate and fearless, DI Jack Frost is in serious trouble.
©1999 R. D. Wingfield (P)2000 Isis Publishing Ltd
I just love the lack of political correctness in Wingfield's fabulous novels. The narrator is also wonderful and makes the books so enjoyable and entertaining. Highly recommended!
Yes and they have all been great.
Favourite Jack Frost book.
Of course Jack Frost David Jason
Could understan every word
Just loved it thanks
This was a most enjoyable listen. There are numerous storylines as ever in a Frost tale interwoven with humorous asides. Keeping track of the cast of characters can be tricky but there is also the anticipation of a minor character that may be more than they originally seem.
It was a good companion to the rest of the Frost series. I was liken it to the Peter Robinson Banks series; must be all the cigarette smoking that is portrayed.
Stephen Thorne produced a masterly performance for this narration and seem to capture the chaotic essence of the Frost character. He manages to portray both male and female voices very well.
The final scenes in the hunt for the missing woman were very nail biting; though I did not really understand the motive behind the crime on this occasion which I found slightly annoying. Maybe a little rushed.
This is DI Jack Frost Book 5 so I uggest starting with the first Frost book : Frost At Christmas:
As usual a frost detective story more adult in context than the TV show. Plus the team headed by Inspector Frost are working to solve several cases at the same time, as I assume the police do in real life. A good listen & worth repeating as you find you will have missed some points.
A third of the way through listening to this book I took to google to see if I was alone in finding the relentless sexism of the characters tiresome and a bit repellent. Apparently I am - none of the other reviews I came across mention it. The most common references to women in the book involve the words 'stupid cow', or 'poor cow' if the author is attempting sympathy. Frost and his side-kick Morgan speculate endlessly about what the women in the book look like naked, leering at the breasts and backsides of victims, colleagues and witnesses. At one point there is a discussion between Frost, Morgan and a suspect about the sexual attractiveness of an 11 year old girl, with the conclusion being that the suspect can't really be fingered as a paedophile, because the 11 year old girl he molested was sexually experienced and well developed, and 'up for it'. Frost and Morgan are described leering at a picture of her in a bikini, and discussing how they'd be prepared to go to prison for a chance to have sex with her. Women who aren't sexually attractive are portrayed as desperate and pitiful. Police women colleagues are described mainly in relation to how big their breasts are. At the end the author has them dressing as prostitutes to act as decoys, and there is much slobbering in the text over their sexual appeal. I appreciate that his 'close to the knuckle' and black humour is a huge part of Frost's appeal as a character and the general appeal of the books themselves, but the nastiness of some of the sexism, and the contempt for women ground me down in the end. I kept having to remind myself that the novel is set and was published in the 1999, and not 1973.
Shame because I loved other aspects of this novel - it's well plotted and sometimes very funny.
"Frost is irresistable"
With a good narrator, I would rather listen than read because the voice of the characters brings a story so much to life.
The humour Frost applies to a grim world is always enjoyable, and how he never gives up on the victims.
I certainly enjoyed this performance.
It made me laugh a lot, but was always very gripping as the search for the young girl went on.
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