Cold Is the Grave
Inspector Banks Novels #11
William Morrow Paperbacks, September 2016
Stranger things have happened, but when Chief Constable Jimmy Riddle asked Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks for a favor the world didn’t stop turning. Neither man liked the other, and the antagonism between them was more than apparent. But Riddle recognizes that Banks was good at what he does and is discreet, and that is what he needed. It seems that his daughter had left home some time ago, and there was no word from her. Banks is asked to find her in London, talk to her, and reassure her parents that she’s OK.
But Banks does more than that, in just over a weekend. He not only finds her, but he brings her home. And the consequences flow from this simple task. And then a series of murders takes place, and Banks finds himself in the middle of not only a murder investigation, but also in the midst of his chief antagonist’s private life. Meanwhile, Bank’s own private life begins to take some dramatic turns as well.
As are all he novels in the series, this book is finely nuanced, well-written, and filled with twists and turns to keep the reader on the edge of the seat. Enough said.
Reviewed by Ted Feit, November 2017.