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

Police Procedurals

By Peter Robinson

The nude picture of a teenage runaway exhibits up on a pornographic site, and the girl's father turns to Detective leader Inspector Alan banks for aid. yet those are common situations, for the runaway is the daughter of a guy who is made up our minds to damage the devoted Yorkshire policeman's occupation and strong identify. nonetheless it's a case that moves painfully domestic, person who Banks—a father himself—dares no longer forget about as he follows it is squalid path into teeming London, and right into a international of substances, 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 cross: into the previous and personal global of his strongest enemy, leader Constable Jimmy Riddle.

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The wind had dropped, but it was a chilly evening and there weren’t many people out. Banks was glad of his warm leather jacket. They passed a sign on the wall of one of the buildings that 44 / PETER ROBINSON made some reference to Richard III. Historical too, then, Stony Stratford. “It’s supposed to be where he picked up the princes in the tower,” said Craig. “Before they were in the tower, like. ” Craig picked a relatively inexpensive Indian restaurant. It was comfortably warm inside, and the exotic smells made Banks’s mouth water the minute they got in the door.

Then he pointed to his head. ” “That’s what they looked like. Bodyguards. Minders. Nobody said a word. ” “She was hanging on this bloke’s arm, not doing anything really. She looked high. I mean really high, not just like a couple of drinks and a spliff high. ” “And the man she was with? ” “Stone-faced. All sharp angles, like it was carved from granite. Hard eyes, too. Didn’t blink. Didn’t smile. Not a word. When I was on the ground, one of the goons kicked me, then they all just disappeared. Someone came out of the pub and helped me up, and that was that.

Probably. But it could be an expensive business. And I don’t think you’d like the sort of interface it would create with your public. Do you follow? ” Aitcheson’s smile had vanished completely now. ” he whispered. ” COLD IS THE GRAVE / 31 “Me? ” “Two parts. ” “Ah, yes,” said Banks. “As I said, I’m a simple working man, and I wouldn’t want to get tangled up with the law myself. Besides, it would be bad for young Louisa, wouldn’t it—all that limelight, giving evidence in court and all that. Embarrassing.

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