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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
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Rating:****
Tags:ebook, suspense, policier, série Alan Banks

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  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 |
Detective Chief Inspector Banks is at a low point in his life. His wife has finally left him to live with another man in London and his career is going nowhere thanks to a high ranking officer becoming more and more frustrated with Banks's methods of solving crime.

Maybe a move to the National Crime Squad would kick start his career? Maybe even another chance with Sandra?

Then Inspector Banks is asked by his much despised boss, Deputy Chief Constable 'Jimmy' Riddle, to carry out a personal private investigation. His 16 year old daughter, Emily, has gone missing and her photos have been found on a pornographic site on the internet. Banks, against his better nature, agrees to track her down - if only to try to get Riddle off his back for a while. However, Banks finds it impossible to remain impartial and he soon finds himself drawn into a world of glam-pop, drugs, embezzlement and, of course, murder. To add further spice to his life, Detective Constable Annie Cabot (a former lover) enters Banks' life again and he finds that he must choose between the professional and the personal.

The plot has surprising twists and turns and the tale becomes more intriguing by the page. The characters carry the plot, complex as it is, as the reader learns more and more about Banks, Riddle and the Eastvale constabulary. ( )
  Jawin | Apr 20, 2012 |
I've not been too impressed with Robinson up to now, but this one does have a bit more to offer in terms of complexity of characters and plot. Still, the language is a bit flat and the dialogue never really comes to life. And there is far too much reliance on some of the more tired clichés of the genre. Someone ought to tell Robinson that it's not compulsory for female characters to have long shapely legs and cross them at the ankle. Or for detectives to spend more time deciding what to drink next than they do on solving crimes... ( )
  thorold | Mar 18, 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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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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