From the author of NIGHT FROST and A TOUCH OF FROST, the first Frost novel for three years, in which Frost and DS Maud are called in to track down a child killer before he claims another victim.
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"Detective Inspector Jack Frost, Denton Division, is not beloved by his superiors. In fact, he's something of a pain in the brass: unkempt and unruly, with a taste for crude humor and a tendency to cut corners. They'd like nothing better than to bounce him from the department. The only problem is, Frost's the one D.I. who, by hook or by crook, always seems to find a way to get the job done. It's a high price to pay for a pak of smokes when Frost interrupts his vacation to filch some of Commander Mullett's cigarettes and finds himself pressed into emergency duty. Denton Division is shorthanded after a car crash involving several tipsy high-ranking cops, and on Guy Fawkes night there's more mischief abroad than just a few children making the rounds begging for pennies and lighting firecrackers. In the next few days, Frost will deal with a parade of miscreants, including a blackmailer, a shifty businessman, a not-so-greiving widow, a sexual pervert or two, a crazed housewife, and a cold-blooded kidnapper. The clock is ticking, and Frost is perilously short of clues...
"What impresses me most is the extraordinarily vivid interplay between the police characters. Frost himself is splendidly drawn." -- The Times, London.From the Back Cover:
‘Crime pick of the year. Darker, funnier and more violent than the television adaptation, but just as high quality’Mike Ripley, Daily Telegraph
A young boy is found dead in a rubbish sack, suffocated and with one finger cut off.Another boy of the same age, Bobby Kirby, is missing.A psychopath is stabbing babies as they lie sleeping in their cots. Enter Detective Inspector Jack Frost, scruffy and insubordinate, foul-mouthed, intuitive and fearless. The next problem for the understaffed Denton force is the abduction of Carol Stanfield, a fifteen-year-old who's found naked by the roadside, her father having paid a ransom.Robert Stanfield is a dicey customer, and Frost has his doubts...
The corpse of a petty criminal, Lemmy Hoxton, is discovered, with the tops of three fingers chopped off.The small children of a carpet-fitter are murdered; his wife's body is found on the railway line.A supermarket MD is sent a ransom demand for the missing boy Bobby, accompanied by one of the child's fingers. Jack Frost, brought to magnificent life by David Jason in the TV series, staggers from crisis to crisis, his bumbling modus operandi disguising his extraordinary powers of detection.
'Inspector Jack Frost (is) deplorable yet funny, a comic monster on the side of the angels' Matthew Coady, Guardian
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Book Description Constable, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110094751102
Book Description Constable. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0094751102 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0039083