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Hard Frost : (DI Jack Frost Book 4)

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A young boy is found dead in a rubbish heap, suffocated and with one finger cut off. Another boy is missing. A psychopath is stabbing babies as they lie sleeping in their cots. A fifteen-year-old has been abducted, then found naked by the roadside. The corpse of a petty criminal 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, accompanied by one of the child's fingers... Jack Frost, scruffy and insubordinate, foul-mouthed and fearless, staggers from crisis to crisis, his bumbling modus operandi disguising his extraordinary powers of detection.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 106 x 178 x 28mm | 240.4g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552144096
  • 9780552144094
  • 92,950

About R. D. Wingfield

After a successful career writing for radio, R.D. Wingfield turned his attention to fiction and created the character of D.I. Jack Frost, who has featured in the titles A Touch of Frost, Frost at Christmas, Night Frost, Hard Frost, Winter Frost and A Killing Frost. The series has been adapted for television as the perennially popular A Touch of Frost starring David Jason. R.D. Wingfield died in 2007.show more

Review quote

"Crime pick of the year. Darker, funnier and more violent than the television adaptation, but just as high quality" * Daily Telegraph * "Inspector Jack Frost (is) deplorable yet funny, a comic monster on the side of the angels" * Guardian * "What impresses me most is the extraordinarily vivid interplay between the police characters. Frost himself is splendidly drawn" * The Times * "Fast paced and wryly amusing, Frost's latest outing is a delight from start to finish, a unique and unlikely blend of humour and tragedy. More please" -- Val McDermid * Manchester Evening News *show more

Review Text

"Crime pick of the year. Darker, funnier and more violent than the television adaptation, but just as high quality"show more

Back cover copy

'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, Guardianshow more

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938 ratings
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4 43% (402)
3 17% (163)
2 2% (22)
1 1% (5)
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