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Hard Frost
Wingfield, R. D.
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Publication Information:
New York : Bantam Books, [1995]

Physical Description:
450 pages ; 18 cm
General Note:
"A Bantam crime line book"--T.p. verso.

"A Jack Frost mystery"--Cover.
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Detective Inspector Jack Frost, Denton Division,nbsp;nbsp;is not beloved by his superiors. In fact, he'snbsp;nbsp;something of a pain in the brass: unkempt and unruly,nbsp;nbsp;with a taste for crude humor and a tendency to cutnbsp;nbsp;corners. They'd like nothing better than to bouncenbsp;nbsp;him from the department. The only problem is,nbsp;nbsp;Frost's the one D.I. who, by hooknbsp;nbsp;or by crook, always seems to find a way to get thenbsp;nbsp;job done. It's a high price to pay for a pak ofnbsp;nbsp;smokes when Frost interrupts his vacation to filchnbsp;nbsp;some of Commander Mullett's cigarettes and findsnbsp;nbsp;himself pressed into emergency duty. Denton Divisionnbsp;nbsp;is shorthanded after a car crash involving severalnbsp;nbsp;tipsy high-ranking cops, and on Guy Fawkes nightnbsp;nbsp;there's more mischief abroad than just a fewnbsp;nbsp;children making the rounds begging for pennies andnbsp;nbsp;lighting firecrackers. In the next few days, Frost willnbsp;nbsp;deal with a parade of miscreants, including anbsp;nbsp;blackmailer, a shifty businessman, a not-so-greivingnbsp;nbsp;widow, a sexual pervert or two, a crazed housewife,nbsp;nbsp;and a cold-blooded kidnapper. The clock isnbsp;nbsp;ticking, and Frost is perilously short of clues...

Author Notes

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 Fros t starring David Jason. R.D. Wingfield died in 2007.

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Library Journal Review

Wingfield writes the mystery/police procedural series featuring Detective Inspector Jack Frost, dramatized for television in the series A Touch of Frost (seen in America on the Arts & Entertainment cable channel). This novel, Wingfield's fourth book in the series, is read by British actor and announcer Robin Browne, who skillfully imitates, for the benefit of the television series' fans, the voice and accents of actor David Jason, who portrays Frost on TV. The novel finds the insubordinate, coarse, yet intuitive Frost stumbling from crisis to crisis with a caseload that simultaneously includes the murder of a burglar-blackmailer, a child-murder and related child-abduction, the kidnapping and ransom of a local teenager, a child-stabbing pervert, and the murder of three children by their unbalanced mother, all while under severe time constraints and while dealing with personnel pressures within the department. The portrayal of the Denton police force, especially the dialog and interplay among characters, rings true, depressingly so at times. The novel is essential for all mystery collections.ÄKristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.