'Frost is back - this is a brilliant read, I can't recommend it highly enough' Martina Cole
Denton, 1981. Britain is in recession, the IRA is becoming increasingly active and the country's on alert for an outbreak of rabies.
Detective Sergeant Jack Frost is working under his mentor and inspiration DI Bert Williams, and coping badly with his increasingly strained marriage.
But DI Williams is nowhere to be seen. So when a 12-year-old girl goes missing from a department store changing room, DS Frost is put in charge of the investigation...
'One of the most successful ventriloquial acts in crime writing.' Financial Times
Fans of the British TV series A Touch of Frost, based on R.D. Wingfield's novels, will welcome this prequel, set in the 1970s, from Henry (the pen name of James Gurbutt and Henry Sutton). As a young detective sergeant new to his position in the Denton CID, Frost has a wide range of matters to resolve, including the disappearance of 12-year-old Julie Hudson from a department store in the middle of the day. Also missing is Det. Insp. Bert Williams, Frost's supervisor, who the reader soon learns has been grievously wounded after an encounter with a ruthless criminal gang. The Hudson case becomes trickier to resolve when someone gives the girl's mother a severe beating. Those unfamiliar with David Jason's portrayal of Frost on the screen may have a hard time figuring out what the fuss is about; for the rest, this serves as a credible backstory for a beloved character.