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Froid comme la tombe (original 2000; edition 2004)

by Peter Robinson

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Title:Froid comme la tombe
Authors:Peter Robinson
Info:Le Livre de Poche (2004), Poche, 568 pages
Collections:Fiction, Your library, To read, Favorites
Rating:****
Tags:ebook, suspense, policier, série Alan Banks

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This was a good read, nothing exciting but it did have good character development and interesting relationships. The person I thought committed Emily's murder, at least the one I thought of the first half of the book, wasn't who committed the murder and it's always nice to have a surprise. I hadn't read any other Alan Banks mysteries and that didn't effect the reading of this one at all. It does stand on it's own.

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  Diane_K | Jul 14, 2015 |
A fun read. ( )
  ibkennedy | Oct 13, 2014 |
My blog post about this book is at this link. ( )
  SuziQoregon | Mar 31, 2013 |
Robinson's Alan Banks series is getting better and better. Each book is complex and the mystery is never straight-forward and easy to figure out. I had seen this particular one done for television before I read the book. As usual though, the book was much, much better because there's more time to develop a storyline and a plot. And Robinson's writing is wondefully easy to read while being intricate and detailed at the same time. Banks is a very realistic character and after reading eleven of Robinson's Banks books now I feel that I'm really getting to know this character and I can't believe how multi-facted he is. In this book, Banks is asked by his supervisor to find his sixteeen year old daughter who has run away to London. He is asked to do it off the books, and Banks being Banks, is very thorough in his search. He finds young Emily but he uncovers a real rat's nest of intrigue that she has become enmeshed in. Almost ineveitably the web of lies, deceit and crime follow Banks and Emily all the way back to Yorkshire when he brings her home. I can tell you that if I ever found myself "in a spot of trouble", I would dearly love to have Alan Banks in my corner. I can't recommend this series enough. ( )
  Romonko | Feb 25, 2013 |
More of the 'real world' than the 'cosy' detective/mysteries I usually go for. But enjoyed the more faceted characters found here. Especially liked the balance between Banks' private and work life.

Would like a weekend in his country cottage, but he would have to ditch the leather jacket, and I would probably request The Birdie Song, just to wind him up. ( )
  LARA335 | Dec 27, 2012 |
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The wind it doth blow hard
And the cold rain down doth rain
And cold, cold is the grave
Wherein my love is lain
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For Sheila
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"Mummy! Mummy! Come here."
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De wind waait hard
De kille regen valt gestaag
En kil, kil is het graf
Waarin mijn lief nu rust

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0380809354, Mass Market Paperback)

The nude photo of a teenage runaway shows up on a pornographic website, and the girl's father turns to Detective Chief Inspector Alan banks for help. But these are typical 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 is a case that strikes painfully home, one that Banks—a father himself—dares not ignore as he follows it's squalid trail into teeming London, and into a world of drugs, sex, and crime. But murder follows soon after—gruesome ,sensational, and, more than once—pulling Banks in a direction that he dearly does not wish to go: into the past and private world of his most powerful enemy, Chief Constable Jimmy Riddle.

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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.

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