November 5th, 1982. It's been one of the worst days of Detective Sergeant Jack Frost's life. He has buried his wife Mary, and must now endure the wake, attended by all of Denton's finest. All, that is, apart from DC Sue Clark, who spends the night chasing a bogus tip-off, before being summoned to the discovery of a human foot. And the night gets worse.
Local entrepreneur Harry Baskin is shot inside his club, an off-licence is set on fire and a famous painting goes missing. And Superintendant Mullett's attempts to join the Freemasons are being rudely thwarted.
As the week goes on, a cyclist is found dead in suspicious circumstances, and the arsonist strikes again. Frost is on the case.
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Ignore other reviewer giving low score...
The other reviewer who rated this low due to it not matching the continuity of the television version is missing the point; these books are prequels to R.D Wingfield's novels, which not only differ in plot from the later David Jason series but paint a vastly different picture of the lead character. For what it's worth, Frost's wife has already been dead for some years in the first of the original novels (Frost at Christmas).
- Matthew Hewittt
the best early Frost
- J Whitfield