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Cold Is the Grave (Inspector Banks #11)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  3,477 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
The eleventh novel in the Banks series, following the critically acclaimed IN A DRY SEASON.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 11th 2002 by Pan MacMillan (first published September 1st 2000)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Aug 29, 2014 Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am Involved in Mankind,” as John Donne had said, and Banks knew exactly what he meant.”

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks has never been the typical investigator. His unorthodox style has brought him in constant conflict with his superiors including Chief Constable Jeremiah Riddle. Banks has been assigned to the Eastvale Regional Headquarters, a bit different from his London assignment where any given street might give him a ”whiff of villainy”. To go
Thomas Strömquist
My new favorite Banks. After a few very minor, but still annoying, illogical and odd things early on in the book (A minor one-> (view spoiler) ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Feb 24, 2016 Ivonne Rovira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and jealous, stubborn, petty Chief Constable Jimmy Riddle have been at odds since they first met a few books back. But despite their enmity, a desperate Riddle comes to Banks and begs him to help him find his daughter, who has run away from home and disappeared into London.

Banks hates Riddle, but he thinks of his own daughter Tracy, and his fatherly feelings persuade him to take up the task of finding the willful wild child, 16-year-old Emily Riddle. Readers
Shirley Schwartz
Robinson's Alan Banks series is getting better and better. Each book is complex and the mystery is never straight-forward and easy to figure out. I had seen this particular one done for television before I read the book. As usual though, the book was much, much better because there's more time to develop a storyline and a plot. And Robinson's writing is wondefully easy to read while being intricate and detailed at the same time. Banks is a very realistic character and after reading eleven of Rob ...more
Ron Chicaferro
Nov 12, 2010 Ron Chicaferro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cold Is The Grave is a fascinating book about the death of a very beautiful, very troubled young woman. She's the 16 year old daughter of a very senior police official and he personally asks Inspector Banks to conduct the investigation. The senior police official has been the main nemesis of Banks throughout the series and Banks is shocked that he is picked to lead the investigation. The victim dies in a most horrible way and Banks vows to find the killer. He's somewhat conflicted about the youn ...more
Dec 27, 2014 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this a harrowing read and had huge sympathy not just with DCI Alan Banks but also with Chief Constable 'Jimmy' Riddle. Banks and Riddle just haven't ever seen eye to eye so Banks is surprised when Riddle asks him to find his daughter Emily who left home just after her sixteenth birthday. The only thing Banks has to go on is the girl's name and a nude photograph of her with a web address. Riddle says he just wants to know that she is all right and he's not asking Banks to bring her home. ...more
Sep 02, 2011 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goodbye Jimmy Riddle
Nov 15, 2009 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Peter Robinson writes thoroughly entertaining 'detective' type novels. In this case Alan Banks is asked for help by his nemesis, Chief Constable Jimmy Riddle. On the surface, it's a simple favour - Riddle's daughter left home at the tender age of sixteen and moved to London. Now a naked picture of her is on the internet, a picture found by her eight year old brother. Riddle has a lot of problems with Banks' methods, but thinks perhaps this is the perfect use of his unique talents. Banks is discr ...more
Feb 23, 2010 Spuddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#11 Chief Inspector Alan Banks British police series set in the Yorkshire Dales. Alan is contacted privately by his arch nemesis, his boss, Chief Constable Jimmy Riddle to locate his teenage daughter Emily. Emily is sixteen (going on thirty!) and had debunked to London several months previously. The family wasn't overly worried as Emily had always been older than her years and knew how to survive) but when Riddle's young son spots a pornographic photo of Emily in a pop-up on the computer, he bec ...more
Kim Kimselius
Oct 30, 2015 Kim Kimselius rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peter Robinson har hittills aldrig gjort mig besviken. I den här boken får Alan Banks i uppdrag av polismästare Jimmy Riddle att hitta hans dotter. Detta efter att polismästarens yngre son har sett en porrbild av sin syster på nätet. Banks får inte gå de vanliga vägarna, eftersom polismästaren är rädd att det ska komma ut vad hans dotter håller på med.

Banks har själv en ung dotter och vet vad polismästaren går igenom. Men samtidigt är Jimmy Riddle hans fiende och den man som en gång sagt sig var
Jul 05, 2015 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2015-challenge
Another excellent Alan Banks novel.

The daughter of Chief Constable Jeremiah "Jimmy Riddle", Banks' nemesis is missing and Riddle wants Banks to find her.

What Banks finds is a nest of worms that will ultimately claim some lives and destroy others.

A wonderfully absorbing novel. I sat and read it in it's entirety in an afternoon. I did not want to put it down.
Alison C
Jun 06, 2016 Alison C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As "Cold Is the Grave" opens, Detective Inspector Alan Banks is surprised at a request of Chief Constable Jimmy Riddle: the Chief, who has never hidden his thorough dislike of Banks, asks him to go to London to find out what his 16-year-old daughter, Emily, is up to and, if possible, to bring her home. The task is quite easily accomplished, although the unsavory characters Emily has encountered leaves Banks with a bad taste. Still, he moves on to other cases - an execution-style murder of a smal ...more
Jan 28, 2016 Suzy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very intriguing plot and well developed characters. Inspector Banks likes a wide range of music which adds dimension to the book. The story line was a bit depressing and toward the end some of the detail was tedious, but overall a good read. I'd like to try "In A Dry Season" by Robinson since it won several rewards. Some passages I found spot on...Chap 2: "Banks had aslo been impressed by (Graham) Greene's writings on childhood, about how we are all 'emigrants from a count we remember too little ...more
Paula Dembeck
Dec 28, 2014 Paula Dembeck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robinson continues to outdo himself with the eleventh book in the Inspector Banks series. They just get better and better, with some major changes taking place in this episode. It is now about a year since Sandra left him, a year during which Banks ate and drank heavily, drowning himself in self-pity. And despite a hint that they might reunite, Sandra has now asked for a divorce and wants to remarry. Although initially stunned by her request, Banks ultimately acknowledges that in a way, it is b ...more
Jan 16, 2009 Allie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion, this novel is the best in Peter Robinson's series of books featuring Alan Banks of the [fictional:] Eastvale, Yorkshire police force. Searching for the missing daughter of the Chief Constable, who shares with Banks a great personal emnity, the story takes us to London, through drug deals and eventually to murder. The writing is very taut, the plotline is flawless and the ending unbearable. Excellent book.
Nick Davies
Jan 20, 2016 Nick Davies rated it really liked it
Despite the generic and forgettable title, the story - involving the Chief Constable's daughter and a healthy portion of sex and drugs and rock'n'roll (not to mention some misunderstandings and twists) - proved to have a good narrative with mature, rounded and believable characters. Up to his usual high standard.
Tori Montes
This was an entertaining mystery. The mystery and clues kept me reading however it has it's downfalls. The dialog is silly at times like when Riddle commits suicide and his wife says "How could he be so selfish?" then Detective Banks asks, "What do you mean?" What makes it worse is he'd just thought the same thing when he found the body or when Banks gets mad at his second for sleeping with someone else by saying, "You haven't be honest with me." Like she was supposed to tell him that. Another d ...more
Slávek Rydval
Budu se opakovat, ale snad mi to odpustíte. Knihy Petera Robinsona čtu především pro jejich úžasnou angličtinu. Kdo chce, naučí se hodně idiomů a frází. Co se příběhu týče, jde o klasickou detektivku. Vykreslení postav jde však do hloubky, což z knihy činí něco víc než jen klasickou "pageturnerovku".
Jan 30, 2015 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Robinson's writing and his characters so much, that I often realize my mind is drifting off from the story and the plot wondering about Banks, about what he reads, what he listens to, what he thinks about things, how he reacts to what happens. Annie too. I want to find out more about their lives and attitudes, about the poetry Banks reads and classical music he enjoys. Often I really can't wait to get over the crime story and just get to the passages that offer insight into their characte ...more
Karen Gail Brown
Aug 11, 2016 Karen Gail Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will not say this is my favorite Inspector Alan Banks book, but it is very good. Detective Chief Inspector Banks is now living Yorkshire and working for Chief Constable Riddle, who loathes Banks. Banks is close to leaving Yorkshire, when Riddle asks him to consult with him privately at his home.

Riddle asks Banks, as a favor, to go to London and find his 16 year old daughter who left home six months ago. Riddle's young son had found nude pictures of the girl, Emily, at an on-line site. Banks r
Simone Sinna
Jan 05, 2015 Simone Sinna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this in France in an unusually cool August, on route to walk in Yorkshire where this is set, this was more spine chilling than warming! This is the middle of a series of novels based around DI Alan Banks—I haven’t read any others but will now look out for them. The author is very competent in pulling us in and having the pages turn; you don’t always know where he’ll take you but you sure as hell want to find out. A lot of police force friction, a wayward Chief Constable’s daughter, some ...more
David Proffitt
Another Inspector Banks story and, like the others I have read, there is as much here about his messed up [private life as there is about the crimes he investigates.

I have not been reading these books in any kind of order. Rather, I have been dipping in and out of Alan Banks’ career like a confused time traveller.

In Cold Is The Grave, Banks has no make sense of several murders, a runaway teenager and his own failing love life. Bit for once it seems that others’ lives are more confused and dysfun
Deb Saw
Jul 21, 2016 Deb Saw rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My parents have been raving about this author for ages. I never really saw any of the TV series but had a handful on my shelf and this was the earliest.

Now, this was published in 2001 but reads as if much earlier. It is such a load of mysogynistic, paternalistic claptrap. Every single woman's physical attributes (or lack of) are detailed but we have no idea of what the blokes look like.if it matters at all.

Oh, and why on earth would a DCI in the 21st century not have a mobile phone? I'd had one
Oct 29, 2015 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, favorites
Cold is the Grave is a good continuation of the previous DCI Banks book, In a Dry Season. By that, I don’t mean you need to read that one first, you wouldn’t be lost reading these mysteries out of order. The investigations and cases are separate stories altogether. It’s more of a development of Alan Banks’ character, seeing where his personal life is taking him as well as his place in the Eastvale Police Department. So, in that respect you would need to read them in a sequence but the investigat ...more
Chief Inspector Alan Banks is contacted by Jeremiah Riddle, his supervisor and nemesis, and asked to help him. He asks Banks to go to London to find his wayward 16-year old daughter, Emily. Banks agrees to go, finds the girl living with a gangster-type in a big house. She tells him she's not going back, but he tells her to contact him at his hotel if she changes her mind. He's woken by the front desk at 3 am that his "daughter" is in the lobby asking for him. Emily comes up to his room, she has ...more
Ian Mapp
So here we are, I have managed to catch up all the way to aftermath, the first banks book that I read, with this, the 11th in the series.

Standard fare - although I am not sure of the significance of the title, as there doesnt apppear to be a grave in it.

Banks boss and enemy, Jermiah Riddle, has a problem... his son has come across nude pictures of his daughter, emily, on the internet (yeah right, like the amount of porn on the internet is that small) and he asks for banks help in an unofficial c
Nov 08, 2013 Sebastian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A notable divergence from the usual Banks' mystery.

I can definitely understand why this book is not loved by everyone. The main case Banks and his team work on is less than enthralling, and the solution is a little too convoluted. On top of that, there is a second case presented to the readers and this one holds very little interest and adds absolutely nothing to the story. At this point I can see you are probably thinking why then I am giving this book four stars, so I'll explain.

This book repr
Mar 11, 2013 Boone rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the second book of the series that I've read, I definitely enjoyed this one more. All of the action taking place within a few months instead of 50 years apart helped. I'm not bragging, I swear I'm not, but I figured out who did it pretty early on. Not necessarily their convoluted reason, but for some reason I kept telling myself, yeah, they did it. As with the other book of this series that I've read, there is entirely too much time spent on background clutter that really has nothing to do wi ...more
Pam Bales
Jan 22, 2016 Pam Bales rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: police
Number 11 in the DCI Banks series, this is again a good British Police Procedural. Life as a "copper" in the Yorkshire Dales isn't quite the piece of cake and stress free environment Alan, his wife, and children hoped them find after leaving London. There is crime everywhere and Alan brings his talents to help solve them. Read them from the beginning starting with Gallows View for the evolving picture of Alan Banks.
May 11, 2015 Cathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this on my tablet, which was much easier at night in bed since I have one arm in a sling. This book was one of the DCI Banks mysteries that I watched on PBS, although more characters arose in the books and lo and behold the main murderer changed!!! I kept reading waiting for the end I knew was coming .....and it didn't. So it was fun to read it even though I had "seen" it on the telly!
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