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Froid comme la tombe by Peter Robinson

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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Tags:ebook, suspense, policier, série Alan Banks

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Cold is the Grave by Peter Robinson (2000)



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Cold is the Grave is a good continuation of the previous DCI Banks book, In a Dry Season. By that, I don’t mean you need to read that one first, you wouldn’t be lost reading these mysteries out of order. The investigations and cases are separate stories altogether. It’s more of a development of Alan Banks’ character, seeing where his personal life is taking him as well as his place in the Eastvale Police Department. So, in that respect you would need to read them in a sequence but the investigations themselves are self-contained.

This book has Banks’ boss, Jimmy Riddle, asking him for a favor. Riddle wants Banks to locate his daughter Emily. Why would Jimmy Riddle ask Alan Banks for anything? He hates him and went out of his way to make Banks’ career a nightmare. Despite disliking Banks on a personal level Riddle quietly admires how tenacious he is as well as Banks’ track record in solving cases. Banks grudgingly agrees to help, knowing Riddle will make his life a little easier for acquiescing to this favor.

When he finds sixteen-year old Emily she is living in London, using drugs, drinking to excess and living with a man as old as her father. Getting her to return home seems hopeless but something happens that convinces Emily to return on her own. It’s after this all the different mysteries and character developments start intermingling. I’m pleased DS Cabbott is in this book and she and Banks work together.

The end was interesting – not wanting to give it away – but there was much action and so much tied up, but so much was extremely unlikely scenario-wise. Still, I am loving Alan Banks in this book as I was the last one.

Food references……….

Banks is doing an interview in a pub: “The food came – balti prawns for Craig and lamb korma for Banks, along with pullao rice, mango chutney and naans……”

“It was one of those places that Banks thought trendy in its lack of trendiness. All scratched wood tables and partitions, pork chops, steaks and mashed potatoes. But the mashed potatoes had garlic and sun-dried tomatoes in them and cost about three quid a side order. Venison sausage with braised red cabbage and garlic mashed potatoes.”

“A jumbo Yorkshire pudding filled with roast beef and gravy, washed down with a pint of Theakson’s bitter……..”

“Rosalind carried on stuffing the wild mushroom, olive oil, garlic and parsley mixture between the skin of the chicken, the way she had learned in her recent course on the art of French cuisine.”

I opted to do the roast chicken. It was fantastic.

https://novelmeals.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/cold-is-the-grave-book-11-in-the-dci-banks-series/ ( )
  SquirrelHead | Oct 29, 2015 |
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 |
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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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