Detective Inspector Jack Frost knelt down beside the tiny body. Who did this to you, sonny? he asked, his face tight with compassion. The boy was eight years old, bound and gagged, and stripped naked. He had been dead for some seven or eight hours.
Frost should have been on holiday, he had sneaked back into the station late at night to help himself to some of Divisional Commander Mullett's cigarettes and this case had been dumped on him as no other officers were available. And then another boy is reported missing. The following day, the ransom demand: £250,000 or the boy dies like the first.
Coarse and insubordinate, fearless and intuitive, D.I. Jack Frost stumbles from crisis to crisis as he tries to cope with a child-stabbing pervert, the discovery of a decomposing body in a coal bunker, a suspicious suicide, an equally suspicious burglary and the abduction of a teenage girl.
©1995 R. D. Wingfield (P)1997 Isis Publishing Ltd
Born 1949, living in outback New South Wales, Australia.
The TV series has eliminated the ugly sexism of the novels and left an eccentric larrikinism. This makes the series quite acceptable with very little political correctness emanating from the character of Frost making him all the more acceptable.
Probably ok for its time, but my feeling is that R.D. Winfield was always an awful person. Charles Dickens characters can be utterly repulsive but we're not expected to like them or nudge, nudge, wink, wink excuse them. We are expected to like Frost as he is written. I can't stomach him as he is written. I will never listen to this book to the end. The main character is just too awful. It's all brainless tits and smut to him yet he's given the hard cases!
I didn't notice the performance, I was in shock that a favourite tv series had been made from such appalling books. I'll never watch the series again. It's been sullied totally by hearing one book!
Anger that people find Frost's shallow smutty behaviour acceptable. No thanks.
No. I don't want to think about it and that's why it's taken so long to review. I've never hated anything quite so much. I kept expecting the Frost character to grow and improve. He deteriorated.
To me Stephen Thorne's Frost is Frost. This was spoiled for me by this narrator's weird accents.
"This is the fourth in the excellent Frost series"
I advise anyone who has listened to and enjoyed the earlier unabridged Frost books by R.D. Wingfield to take this one also when they come to it in the series. Certainly it is worth working through the series in order.
Some of the other commentators here are dismissive about Robin Browne's reading, as he reads this. In the unabridged series as it is here on Audible this narrator alternates with the other narrator Stephen Thorn, and some seem to like one better than the other. Thorn does more different voices for the characters, that is true, but in this one there are quite a few new accents on the one Robin Browne did earlier in the series, in particular Burton has an interesting NW English one. Where I think Browne shows he is just as good as Stephen thorn though is on the way his compelling reading of the non-direct speech parts of the story draw our attention in my view better than the way the other narrator does it.
As far as the story itself goes, who can fault it? The things which delighted you in the first three books will delight you again. The things which annoyed you will annoy you again. There is even more smoking, coarseness and sexism in this one than the previous one, either you can get around the fact that this is a description of England as it was and to a degree still is in certain circles or you can't.
The denouement in the final hour is very satisfactory. I won't spoil it by saying any more than that.
In sum, over 14 hours of really good entertainment. I don't advise buying the abridged versions of these books just because they are read by the actor you might expect - every minute of this is a good listen and so it follows that if you get the abridged ones you must be missing out on something.
"Great story, shame about the narration"
R.D. Wingfield builds a great story and has the ability to keep the reader/listener interested throughout. For anyone familiar with the David Jason characterisation of Frost, the language and style may come as a shock.
A very similar style to other R.D. Wingfield books which can mean the storyline becomes rather predictable.
Anyone - Stephen Thorne, who narrates Winter Frost is far better although not perfect. David Jason would be the natural choice although the language wouldn't really fit with his persona.
Already has been.
The story is far more "gritty" than might be expected by those familiar with the TV series but once that shock is over, it is a good read.
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