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First Frost: DI Jack Frost series 1 Hardcover – 20 Jan 2011


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; First Edition edition (20 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593065344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593065341
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.2 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 487,485 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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"I was delighted to read FIRST FROST. Not only a gripping mystery, but an exclusive look at Jack Frost's early years" (DAVID JASON)

"This is brilliant! A must for all fans of Frost, but also so much more. Gripping, finely written, it stands as a classic, period crime thriller in its own right" (PETER JAMES)

"Frost is back - this is a brilliant read, I can't recommend it highly enough" (MARTINA COLE)

"This is great stuff. Just when you thought you'd seen the last of him, Jack Frost returns in a prequel to the series, which finds Frost in his best paisley tie tracking down a missing girl" (PETER ROBINSON, bestselling author of the Inspector Banks series)

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R.D. Wingfield's unforgettable Jack Frost returns in this gripping prequel to the bestselling series

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Carol Seddon on 22 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I loved this, because the authors have been really clever in their approach to a new Frost novel - they've stayed true to the Frost we know and love but they have also given the series an interesting new angle by taking it back to the 80's - this is Frost in flares and a brand new rain mac, before he was promoted, in the days when making a quick call meant finding a phone box first...
A very gripping, easy to read crime novel, and good fun too!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Christine A. Bradley on 2 Mar. 2011
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I found this just as good as the other Frost novels even though it was written by another author. I read it in two days, unputterdownable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ali K on 15 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I really liked this book, easy to read and it just fairly skimmed along. Slick, well packagedand an entertaining story. Well done!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Graeme Bottomley on 26 Jun. 2014
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Got 10% into this book and quickly realised that this was going to be a waste of my time. It is, quite simply, a novel which excels in simplicity. But, with simplicity comes shallowness, comes mediocrity, comes pure boredom. The dialogue is terrible and quite frankly fails to create that original Frost humour. In fact, it just comes across as an author trying too damn hard, which is a total turn off.

We want passion in our lead characters, we want them to speak for us, say the things we dare not. Frost in this novel just came across as that witty, giddy, class clown we all seem to bump into at work...the stuck record we soon get bored of listening to.
The author, with his simple prose and cliche 'Jack the Lad' characterisation made me fall asleep everytime I picked this up.
Let's just hope a person being introduced to literature reads 'Catch 22' rather than this. Because this is enough to put anybody off for life!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Anne on 17 Jun. 2011
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Having always been a great fan of Frost - the books, TV series and audiobooks - I was quite cautious when I opened the CD of this audiobook. I need not have worried, as, in this "prequel", James Henry has captured the atmosphere and attitude of R D Wingfield's marvellous books, and David Jason again took on the personna of Jack Frost. I enjoyed this story thoroughly, and would be delighted if there are further episodes to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mrs Linda Walker on 17 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
Having read all the original frosts and loved them,was sceptical,but no need to be, absolutely BRILLLIANT,just like putting on your favourite slippers! Please can we have some more??? Really well written a fitting tribute to R.D.Wingfield,so glad i gave it a try,read it ,frost fans you wont be dissappointed,had a few sniggers along the way too!Typical Jack Frost sense of humour!! Loved it !! More please!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada on 14 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
First Frost is a prequel to the Inspector Frost series written by R.D. Wingfield. James Henry is a pseudonym for James Gurbutt and Henry Sutton. I haven't read any of the original Wingfield books, but have watched some of the TV series, A Touch of Frost, in the 90's. I can't recall too much of it, mostly I just remember the wonderful David Jason and the general atmosphere of the series, but not any other specific characters. In my memories the atmosphere and colour tones of the TV series, were gritty and grey. That atmosphere is captured perfectly in this book. Set in the early 80's, this time frame is a little too early for any concious memories on my part, but it does seem familiar from all the series and documentaries I've seen about the era.

I adore this hard-bitten, gruff and cynical version of Frost, though I gather from articles I've read comparing the two, that this is true to the literary version of Frost, as the TV version is somewhat kinder and more likeable. While that incarnation of Frost is fantastic, this version fits the era and the story better. Hanlon and Clarke are great sidekicks. I love Clarke's ambition and the way the writers don't shy away from putting her in some pretty nasty situations due to her gender. This isn't our modern society, this is a time when gender inequality was rife and feminism had a long way to go to reach all its goals. The book is true to the era it's set in and evokes some of the political climate as it shows some of the effects of the financial slump of that age and, most powerfully, emanates some of the menacing threat the IRA formed. The fear and belief that the IRA is behind a lot of the events in the book, is brought back into focus again and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Parker on 8 Jan. 2012
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Having read all the other Frost books I didn't believe that another author could take over but I was wrong, so wrong. James Henry had done a great job and a seamless takeover. The same humour and turn of phrase. Please can we have more Frost books soon.
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