Cold Is the Grave

Cold Is the Grave

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Maverick police inspector Alan Banks finds himself drawn into London's underworld when he aids his arch-rival Chief Constable Riddle, after the chief's missing daughter turns up on a pornographic website

Blackwell North Amer

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks' life is shaken to the core when he is unexpectedly pulled into the investigation of a young girl's disappearance in this shattering suspense novel from the hand of a modern master.

“Full of twists and surprises....Robinson shows he has only begun to dig into the personality of his tenacious, thoughtful inspector.”—Chicago Tribune

When the nude photo of a teenage runaway shows up on a website, the girl's father turns to Detective Chief Inspector Alan banks for help. But these aren’t unusual circumstances, for the runaway is the daughter of a man who's determined to destroy the dedicated Yorkshire policeman's career and good name. Still, it’s a case that Banks—a father himself—dares not ignore as he follows its trail into teeming London. But when a series of gruesome murders follows soon after, Banks finds himself pulled into the past and private world of his most powerful enemy, Chief Constable Jimmy Riddle.

Peter Robinson is at the height of his storytelling skills in this twisting novel of suspense that proves one can never escape their pasts—especially when there are sordid secrets waiting to be revealed.



Baker
& Taylor

Maverick police inspector Alan Banks finds himself drawn into London's underworld when he aids his archrival Chief Constable Riddle, after the chief's missing daughter turns up on a pornographic website.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780380978083
0380978083
Branch Call Number: Mystery Rob
Characteristics: 369 p. ; 25 cm

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dylon1
Mar 16, 2017

Another great story by Peter Robinson. Note book is dated 2016 but this book was actually published in 2000. HMc

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gloryb
Mar 01, 2017

Good plotting, good characters, good writing, surprising developments, and unexpected conclusion. I tended to skim over the pages or paragraphs where Robinson fills in time by giving background information on his detectives, providing reminiscent comments by his detectives triggered by something a character said, and Banks commiserating with the circumstances of a character. I thought his constant repetition of the facts collected by the police that noticeably occur 3/4 quarters way through the book were annoying - fillers? biding his time to end the story? a need to remind himself of the facts so far? wondering how to fit the facts together to point to a killer? The story seems to have two lines of inquiry but Robinson threads these two together so that they become one.

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bshokal
Oct 06, 2010

Once again a great book. This author writes well and as usual the story captures you quickly and holds you to the end.

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