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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,388 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Robinson Narrator: Ron Keith Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Banks Mysteries Release Date: September 2000 ISBN: 9781436126663
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The nude photo of a teenage runaway shows up on a pornographic website, and the girl’s father turns to Detective Chief Inspector Alan banks for help. But these are typical circumstances, for the runaway is the daughter of a man who’s determined to destroy the dedicated Yorkshire policeman’s career and good name. Still it is a case that strikes painfully home, one that Banks—a father himself—dares not ignore as he follows it’s squalid trail into teeming London, and into a world of drugs, sex, and crime. But murder follows soon after—gruesome ,sensational, and, more than once—pulling Banks in a direction that he dearly does not wish to go: into the past and private world of his most powerful enemy, Chief Constable Jimmy Riddle. 
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Peter Robinson pulls together far-flung story lines into a seamless plot full of twists and surprises.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Superbly crafted…One of the year’s best books.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • “An outstanding tale of deception and murder…Robinson writes eminently readable and engrossing tales which never seem to last long enough.”

    Denver Rocky Mountain News

  • “Displays a darker, more urban Banks, and ventures into dangerous areas of sexuality and trust, as well as family relationships of different types and on different levels.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Exhilarating…[a] tour de force…a satisfyingly complex story, freshened by psychological resonance and written in Robinson’s usual elegant style…This is new and absorbing territory for Robinson to explore.”

    Toronto Star

  • “As tragic and complex as a Shakespearean drama, Cold Is the Grave is a brilliant tour de force. Robinson begins by telling a straightforward mystery that slowly evolves into a compelling work examining human emotions, ideals, and beliefs.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “[Robinson] again expands the boundaries of the traditional English village with…canny exploration of contemporary evil and his wry characterization of a detective who remains a mystery to himself…[in] a cunningly constructed plot, enhanced by Robinson’s engaging descriptions and insights.”

    Booklist

  • “Fans of British police procedurals who have not yet discovered Robinson are in for a treat. His Inspector Banks series combine intricate, intriguing plots with complex characters and bleakly beautiful Yorkshire settings…Once Banks begins his search into London’s seamy underbelly, all doubts are suspended, and the reader is hooked. A great read for those dark and stormy night.”

    Library Journal

  • “Banks can’t help finding sharply nuanced pain, hard-won wisdom, and moral complexity everywhere he looks—at suspects, at victims, even in the mirror. The result is mystery-mongering at once as sensitive and grandly scaled as P. D. James’.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A 2000 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Mystery/Thriller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 2/7/2014

    " long, but good, lots of twists and turns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 2/3/2014

    " A little disappointing, especially after the excellent In a Dry Season. The multigenerational multilayered melodramas of the Riddle family is a bit over the top. Banks, for all his intuitiveness is clueless about what was up with his ex-wife Sandra, and Annie Cabbot is becoming annoying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica Perez | 1/28/2014

    " Another very good book by Peter Robinson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 1/21/2014

    " About to start the latest in my DCI Banks odyssey! He's nothing like the ITV version. I love these books. Banks is a truly interesting character (and now Annie Cabbot) and the stories are imaginative. This follows 'In a Dry Season'. Now finished. Another brilliant Banks novel. Fascinating and intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Druie | 1/18/2014

    " This whole series is a great contemporary British procedural love fest. Thank you, Mr. Robinson! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gil Steiner | 1/15/2014

    " I could not put this book down, but it is not perfect. I wouldn't want to say more though, anything I say may be a spoiler "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tonia | 11/29/2013

    " This book is much better than Peter Robinson's other book called the Summer that never was. Still reading it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 9/3/2013

    " Not as strong as Robinson's previous novel, In a Dry Season. Although the plot was strong to begin with, I felt that the final connections were forced. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karolina | 9/1/2013

    " Peter Robinson has truly lost his touch. Too bad I still have one book left in my bookshelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 8/3/2013

    " One of my favorite books by Peter Robinson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaun | 7/12/2013

    " Not quite up to his usual style, but still an enjoyable Christmas read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 6/24/2013

    " One of the best books in the series, I thought. A good mystery and further development of the ongoing characters. Plus the elimination of one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rog Harrison | 6/22/2013

    " I like Alan Banks and this was one of the earlier books I must have missed first time around. A really satisfying read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 2/17/2013

    " Twists and turns make for a fascinating , compulsive read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy Jeffcoat | 10/24/2012

    " I'm really hooked on Peter Robinson and have been getting the books free on my kindle. I accidentally found that TV adaptations are on Masterpiece Theatre and watched one last night. I had just read the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suziqoregon | 9/26/2012

    " My blog post about this book is at this link. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/4/2011

    " I listened to this on CD. The narrator was really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen | 9/10/2011

    " another great book by Peter Robinson "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 5/9/2011

    " One of the best books in the series, I thought. A good mystery and further development of the ongoing characters. Plus the elimination of one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 3/4/2011

    " Twists and turns make for a fascinating , compulsive read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/22/2011

    " I listened to this on CD. The narrator was really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Druie | 10/20/2010

    " This whole series is a great contemporary British procedural love fest. Thank you, Mr. Robinson! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanine | 9/9/2010

    " First time I've read this author! Thorough enjoyed the twist & turns which really intangled personal relationships - often complicated, esp. when not being completely honest. How easy it is to think the wrong thing when it's totally dependent on your own baggage! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod | 7/28/2010

    " One of my favorite books by Peter Robinson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sparhawk | 2/17/2010

    " Really enjoying this series.Looking forward to reading the next one next month. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C | 10/18/2009

    " I liked the detective work here. It's nice to see the process unfold - not like some of the detective shows where the answers mysterious appear or the bad guys is just caught. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 9/3/2009

    " Well it happens that I sometimes read something other than romance in all it´s forms. A Peter Robinson mystery always fits the bill. "

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