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A book that's far too busy for its' own good
on 12 January 2009
R.D. Wingfield writes about Inspector Jack Frost, the sort of scruffy rule bending copper that his superiors dislike, but who is often popular with readers, because the readership can relate to him in some way. The stories have been made famous by the serialisations that occurs on British tv, which star David Jason.
In this book, Frost solves 2 kidnapinings, a series of rapes, a 30 yr old unrelated rape, a blackmailing, and 2 murders. He also finds times to build a case against child pornographers and the makers of snuff movies.
I know I'm going to be unpopular here, but therein lies the problem with this book. A Killing Frost is almost too busy for its' own good, I think. Wingfield's probably got enough material for 2 or 3 books, if he could just spread it around some.
The problem is that he doesn't spread the stories around, with the result that there's almost too much going on. Frost's barely on top of one crime when another raises its' ugly head. By the end of the book, I was thinking enough with the new crimes, wil you please finish the crimes you've got, and that's not a good thing I don't think.
This book has got rave reviews from other reviewers, and I've been trying to work out why, if I'm honest. The only thing I can think of is that this is the first "Frost book" I've read, and this might not be the best place to start with the series. For those of you why have yet to read a Frost book, I would therefore suggest you start elsewhere.