Chief Constable Jeremiah Riddle has always had a strong dislike for Inspector Alan Banks and has done his best to sidetrack his career. Yet, when naked photos of Riddles runaway teenage daughter Emily appear on the Internet, it is Banks he asks to find the girl and bring her home.

Banks is astounded but cant refuse. Finding Emily proves to be relatively easy but Banks, whos seen it all, is embarrassed by the open immorality of Emily. Finding her both distasteful and fascinating he is still able to bring Emily home to her family.

Banks hopes to put the whole situation behind him but when Emily is murdered he is put in charge of the case. As he investigates the murder, Banks must put aside his illusions of those who play happy families as he discovers one is never too old to lose ones innocence.

As tragic and complex as a Shakes-pearean drama, COLD IS THE GRAVE is a brilliant tour-de-force. Robinson begins by telling a straightforward mystery that slowly evolves into a compelling work examining human emotions, ideals, and beliefs. (Oct., 384 pp., $24.00)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg