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Detective Inspector Jack Frost knelt down beside the tiny body. Who did this to you, sonny? he asked, his face tight with compassion. The boy was eight years old, bound and gagged, and stripped naked. He had been dead for some seven or eight hours.
Frost should have been on holiday, he had sneaked back into the station late at night to help himself to some of Divisional Commander Mullett's cigarettes and this case had been dumped on him as no other officers were available. And then another boy is reported missing. The following day, the ransom demand: £250,000 or the boy dies like the first.
Coarse and insubordinate, fearless and intuitive, D.I. Jack Frost stumbles from crisis to crisis as he tries to cope with a child-stabbing pervert, the discovery of a decomposing body in a coal bunker, a suspicious suicide, an equally suspicious burglary and the abduction of a teenage girl.
©1995 R. D. Wingfield (P)1997 Isis Publishing Ltd
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By Amazon Customer on 02-03-18

Great story

RD Wingfield created a memorable character in DI Frost.. Hard Frost is a great addition to the series

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By Wendy Lohse on 11-24-14

TV is better

What would have made Hard Frost better?

The TV series has eliminated the ugly sexism of the novels and left an eccentric larrikinism. This makes the series quite acceptable with very little political correctness emanating from the character of Frost making him all the more acceptable.

What was most disappointing about R. D. Wingfield’s story?

Probably ok for its time, but my feeling is that R.D. Winfield was always an awful person. Charles Dickens characters can be utterly repulsive but we're not expected to like them or nudge, nudge, wink, wink excuse them. We are expected to like Frost as he is written. I can't stomach him as he is written. I will never listen to this book to the end. The main character is just too awful. It's all brainless tits and smut to him yet he's given the hard cases!

What didn’t you like about Robin Browne’s performance?

I didn't notice the performance, I was in shock that a favourite tv series had been made from such appalling books. I'll never watch the series again. It's been sullied totally by hearing one book!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger that people find Frost's shallow smutty behaviour acceptable. No thanks.

Any additional comments?

No. I don't want to think about it and that's why it's taken so long to review. I've never hated anything quite so much. I kept expecting the Frost character to grow and improve. He deteriorated.

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By Amazon Customer on 01-22-18


The DI Frost of the books is NOT the lovable cantankerous Jack we find on the TV series. Where as TV Jack may send up a few characters mainly in Mullet's direct. After reading a few of R D Winfield's books I can report this Frost is vulger, makes wildly inappropriate comments in very delicate situations , is crude and extremely sexist.

I'm not easily shocked by characters and often they say or think something not nice. The only reason I persevered with RD Winfield book is, if you can stomach said character floors , the entwining storylines are complex and it's interesting to see how the character puts the pieces together.

TV Jack though he is messy, and disorganized it is possible to follow his lines of thought. ln the unabridged recording of the book Jack appears to be suffering from ADD, his trains of thought are all over the place. I never thought I'd have so much empathy for Mullet.

I was lolled into a false sense of security as the abridged books read by David Jason are very much nearer the Jack we know and loved.


Listen to the Abridged books read by David Jason, it's evident they edited the character to be more like TV Frost which makes for a much more enjoyable experience. If you listen to the Unabridged books YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

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By Ross Bower on 11-06-17


I simply cannot understand the high rating reviews here and on Amazon; Goodreads reviews are far more measured, many complaining at the negative, sexist references towards women, mainly by Frost, but seemingly compounded by a lot of his male co-workers. See also The Letterpress Project which succinctly describes how I feel about this type of writing. It's not often I delete downloads from Audible ... but this is a prime example. Hopefully these kind of references towards women will, eventually, be recognised for what they are ... mindless ignorance. With this subject being covered by Prime Time Media at the moment it illustrates how long this negativity towards women has been allowed to infiltrate society.

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