Cold Is the Grave: A Novel of Suspense by Peter Robinson

By Peter Robinson

The nude picture of a teenage runaway exhibits up on a pornographic web site, and the girl's father turns to Detective leader Inspector Alan banks for support. yet those are usual conditions, for the runaway is the daughter of a guy who is made up our minds to spoil the devoted Yorkshire policeman's occupation and stable identify. nonetheless it's a case that moves painfully domestic, person who Banks—a father himself—dares now not forget about as he follows it really is squalid path into teeming London, and right into a global of gear, intercourse, and crime. yet homicide follows quickly after—gruesome ,sensational, and, greater than once—pulling Banks in a course that he dearly doesn't desire to pass: into the prior and personal global of his strongest enemy, leader Constable Jimmy Riddle.

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Not a Playboy or a Penthouse in sight. He looked up at Tamara, who had been carrying on a hushed conversation by telephone. She smiled. ” Did she think he was looking for a job, or something? As what? Banks was beginning to feel more as if he were in a dentist’s waiting room than a porn emporium, and that thought didn’t give him any comfort. Clearly, things had changed a lot since he had walked the Soho beat; enough to make him feel like an old fogy when he was only in his mid-forties. , as befit their name and business, used to operate out of seedy offices in seedy basements; they didn’t run Internet Web sites; they didn’t have client-interface officers; and they certainly didn’t come out from under their stones to meet strangers offering vague business propositions the way this young man was doing right now, smiling, hand outstretched, wearing a suit, no less.

I offered her my spare room till she got on her feet. That’s all. ” “I didn’t mean to suggest that,” said Banks. ” “Yeah…well. ” “Yeah. She stayed here for a while. I helped get her a job, but it didn’t take. ” Ruth spoke in a curiously dispassionate way, but Banks COLD IS THE GRAVE / 55 got the impression there was a lot beneath the surface she wasn’t saying. He also got the sense that she was constantly assessing, evaluating, calculating, and that being found out in his little lie had put him somehow in thrall to her.

I think Louisa was showing him off. ” Ruth fumbled for another cigarette, and when she had lit it and breathed out her first lungful of smoke, she nodded. “Yeah. They live in one of those fancy villa-style places out Little Venice way. Louisa had me over to a dinner party there once—catered, of course. ” “It takes more than a big house and a couple of has-been rock stars. ” Banks smiled.

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