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Hard Frost

Narrated by: Robin Browne
Series: Jack Frost, Book 4
Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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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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Highly enjoyable

One of my favourites. Wingfield's ability to tell engrossing yarns about the overworked, utterly chaotic, grossly under appreciated but always masterly super-sleuth Jack Frost is greatly appreciated. I never tire of Jack, warts and all. Maybe it is because of his un-pc warts and ever-present vulnerable human frailty. He reminds me of that cartoon showing the back view of the mouse, finger extended, watching the plummeting eagle descending with its talons sharpened!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-02-2018

Great story

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

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  • Wendy
  • 24-11-2014

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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  • Jennifer Chennell
  • 16-12-2016

starting to get a bit to repetitive

still enjoyed this book but sadly unlike the greats like PD James the stories in these types of series always start to become repetitive and this is no exception. Mullet continued to treat Frost badly and Frost still ignored , yet another new detective arrives in this small town who thinks Frost is a twit only to be proved wrong.. That then makes the back story of the main plot so very unbelievable and boring that the desire to skip through is hard to resist. Have already purchased the next book so will give it ago but if its the same yet again will return and try something/someone else

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  • Alan Whittle
  • 11-08-2020

A word in defence of Frost and RD Wingfield.

Frost of the novels is very much a character of his time. Its pointless to attack Frost as sexist , racist etc. Just as pointless as it is to to attack Sherlock Holmes for jingoism, snobbery, patronising attitudes and god knows what else. These characters actions - rather like our own are like flies trapped in amber. Perhaps forty years on, we would like to have done and said difference, but as the folksong says - that is how befell on the day. In point of fact Frost draws it pretty mild. Compare and contrast the policemen in Wambaughs The Choirboys - written about the same times as the first Frost noivels. One of the problems with Frost is of course that they kept churning out TV episodes long after Frost would have been collecting his pension, it was another century, another era. The TV Frost was very PC, Mr Mullet defended him, The anodyne TV creation is unrecognisable. As for the plots being repetitive, i would suggest that there is so much truth and accuracy in the depiction of the characters and their relationship that you haven't noticed the plot being significantly different every time. and the reason for this is that when you reach a certain age - you will have and worked for many many MUlletsLovers of status and power without responsibility.Certainly if you're a teacher you will many cases where the 'difficult' pupils are controlled with difficulty and sometimes danger by hardworking committed teachers - frequently working for a boss whose chief deiight is to drop badmouth and generally drop their stff in the hot and smelly

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  • joseph
  • 01-07-2020

Frost at his best! Narrator nailed it!

I really enjoyed this book. The narrator was excellent! he hit the nail smack on the head! 3 cheers!

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  • MrsGj
  • 05-05-2020

Excellent story

Pity about the reader. Other readers have performed much better on previous books - nearly spoilt this really well written story.

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  • KC
  • 21-02-2020

Great story, narration of Frost a bit grating

Fantastic story, really enjoyed it, t only negative is that the narration does an awful job of frosts voice and speech, makes him sound so weird...the other stories narrated by others are much better in that regard

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-04-2019

Uneccesary sexual comments

I felt the story was spoilt by the constant sexual comments which were totally unacceptable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-01-2018

WARNING

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. CONCLUSION 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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  • lucy loo
  • 06-10-2016

Very strange narration, frost was made to sound very weak---story brilliant

Very strange narration, frost was made to sound very weak---story brilliant --
Frost would have sounded better with Cassidy voice more solid

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  • L d white
  • 20-09-2015

O For Steven thorne’s narration

A quality Frost offering with largely believable storyline somewhat stretched in places.such a pity that the narrator totally destroys the wonderful image of Frost which Thorne’s narration achieves. His performance would have made it 5 stars all round.

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  • Christopher
  • 07-07-2014

Great story, shame about the narration

What did you like best about Hard Frost? What did you like least?

R.D. Wingfield builds a great story and has the ability to keep the reader/listener interested throughout. For anyone familiar with the David Jason characterisation of Frost, the language and style may come as a shock.

What other book might you compare Hard Frost to, and why?

A very similar style to other R.D. Wingfield books which can mean the storyline becomes rather predictable.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Robin Browne?

Anyone - Stephen Thorne, who narrates Winter Frost is far better although not perfect. David Jason would be the natural choice although the language wouldn't really fit with his persona.

Could you see Hard Frost being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Already has been.

Any additional comments?

The story is far more "gritty" than might be expected by those familiar with the TV series but once that shock is over, it is a good read.