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Fatal Frost: DI Jack Frost series 2 Hardcover – 10 May 2012


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; 1st Edition edition (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593065387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593065389
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.2 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Henry is the pen name for James Gurbutt, who has long been a fan of the original R. D. Wingfield Frost books and the subsequent TV series. He works in publishing, and enjoys windsurfing and long lunches.

After a successful career writing for radio, R. D. Wingfield turned his attention to fiction, creating the character of Jack 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.

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"A must for all fans of Frost, but also so much more" (Peter James)

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Jack Frost returns in this gripping sequel to the Top 10 Bestseller First Frost.

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Stanwegian on 17 May 2012
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The character of Inspector 'Jack' Frost was created by the successful radio dramatist R D (Rodney) Wingfield, who died in 2007. The first Frost novel - 'Frost at Christmas' - was written in the early 1970s, but was rejected by the commissioning publisher. It was eventually published in Canada in 1984, but didn't appear in Britain until 1989. Five more novels followed: A Touch of Frost (produced as a radio play in 1987 and published as a novel in 1990), Night Frost (1992), Hard Frost (1995), Winter Frost (1999) and A Killing Frost (published posthumously in 2008). David Jason was an early fan of the novels and was largely responsible for bringing Frost to television in 1992, as a vehicle for his move towards more serious and dramatic roles in his illustrious acting career.

'What's all this got to do with the new novel?' I hear you quite reasonably ask. Well, quite a bit, actually, so please bear with me for another paragraph. To appeal to a primetime TV audience, Frost's character was softened considerably. The TV Frost was not the Frost of the books, though both were excellent in their way. Wingfield's Frost had a gritty realism, and the books reflected the dark and macabre humour which provides a safety valve from the stresses of what can often be a deeply unpleasant job. Wingfield claimed to have watched only one episode of 'A Touch of Frost', saying that while he had nothing against David Jason as an actor 'he just isn't my Frost'. And that's the point - there are two significantly different Frosts, and the Frost of the books is a substantially darker and more complex character.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Fran Burke on 9 Jun 2012
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Having read all of R.D. Wingfields Frost novels, I really wasn't sure that this could measure up to the original standard of Wingfield, but how wrong was I - this still made me chuckle in all the right places, as Frost got up to his old antics with Mullet etc. The storyline was good, and in true Frost style, he had 2 or 3 murders pending, which he dealt with in his own chaotic style! It was great.

James Henry has definitely captured R.D. Wingfields style, making this a real page turner from start to finish. I certainly look forward to reading more from this author whether it be another Frost novel or a novel of his own making. Well done that man....
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By EMLYN REES on 26 May 2012
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Excellently plotted, with a thrilling climax, this is a cracker of a read. There's plenty to enjoy here. First and foremost is the young Frost himself. Being the kind of cop who's more interested in justice than the law, and rates results over bureaucracy, he's a character you warm to right away. He's every bit as canny as you'd expect from the Wingfield books and TV shows, but in this outing he's also armed with the kind of one liners Elmore Leonard would be proud of. He's brilliantly flawed. The first time we meet him, he's fiddling his expenses. And, throughout the book, he's brilliantly inept when it comes to dealing with the needs of the women in his life. As a result, he feels refreshingly real. Which is just as well, because there's plenty of harsh reality in this novel too. A gruesome series of apparently disconnected murders. Racism within the police force. Nothing's shied away from here. The icing on the cake, though, is that, as well as this being a deeply satisfying crime novel, it's also a cracking trip back to the 80's. The author doesn't overdo the nostalgia, but it all adds to the ride. I missed the decade as well as young Frost the second I turned the last page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill on 15 Feb 2013
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A very good read. Better then the t v series. As good as R.D. Wingfield. I would recommend to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jack craine on 28 Jan 2013
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Fatal Frost The book is very good reading, I had to double check that it was not wrote by R D Wingfield

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maureen Richardson on 8 Jan 2013
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ALTHOUGH THIS IS BY A DIFFERENT AUTHOR TO THE ORIGINAL FROSTS IT IS BRILLIANT AND FOLLOWS THE ORIGINAL CHARACTERS TO THE LETTER. I WOULD NOT HAVE BELIEVED IT WAS BY SOMEONE OTHER THAN WINGFIELD
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AJ on 24 Dec 2012
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Both of James Henry's 'Frost' books stay true to the character of the originals and are written in the same 'shotgun' style. Hopefully there will be more to come.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jo D'Arcy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Jun 2012
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It is 1982, the world is focussing on events happening on islands at the bottom of the South Atlantic. But in Denton, the locals are focussing on something much closer to home, a murder. A young girl is found in woodland near a railway track. A first glance suicide?

Then whilst enjoying a round of golf at the new refurbished club house and course Superintendent Mullet is called to something at the ninth hole - a body, this time a young boy, positioned in a particular and peculiar way.

Detective Sergeant 'Jack' Frost and his colleagues are busy working on a spate of burglaries which happen to be rife in Denton. Resources are split thinner when these bodies appear and the hunt is now on for the killer.

With officers off sick, and on courses for new fangled computer equipment and the introduction of the area's first 'black' officer, tensions are running high. This is a CID which thinks nothing of a few pints at lunchtime and going back to work. Of smoking in offices, and using rather heavy handed tactics with suspects. This is very much a police force of the 1980s, one that lives up to stereotypes but has no doubt a large element of truth within in. The author captures it very well.

Personal lives of these officers seem to take a back seat, and when they try and reach out for something other than work, they find it has already gone. Work is their saviour especially in the case of DS Frost.

When the dead boy's sister goes missing, personal lives don't exist as time is now running out to solve this murder and link them if there is a link. But for Frost and his colleagues they need to juggle the burglaries and the rather dubious massage parlour which is under the spotlight. Superintendent Mullet wants answers to everything and now.
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