Cold is the Grave
William Morrow, 2000 (2000)
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Reviewed by G. Hall
his Inspector Banks mystery follows the Edgar-nominated
Death in a Dry Season
. While it does not quite live up to the high standard of its predecessor, it is still very enjoyable reading. Robinson is a master at characterization. His protagonist Banks is fully developed as is the main female continuing character, DS Annie Cabbot, with many interesting facets to both their personalities.
his case centers on a search for Emily Riddle, runaway teenage daughter of Banks' nemesis in the police force, senior officer Chief Constable Jeremiah Riddle. Jimmy asks Banks for help and the Inspector is pulled into the personal life of his most powerful adversary.
lan Banks' struggle to make a new life for himself after a sad divorce is just as intriguing as the well-plotted mystery. In addition, the new characters appearing in each book are well-done and memorable. All in all, the Banks mysteries are a real step above the average British police procedurals.
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