• The Cold Killer

  • DI Barton, Book 4
  • By: Ross Greenwood
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (514 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It's hard to live when you think you deserve to die....

When a tired old inmate is found dead in his cell, the prison is obligated to investigate and so DI Barton attends. The men he interviews have been convicted of some of the worst things a human being can do, but it appears likely that the death was due to natural causes.

When the house of the dead man is burgled and that crime is followed by a suspicious fire, Barton desperately needs to speak to his widow, but she’s nowhere to be found.

In the space of 24 hours, everyone he wants to talk to has vanished. Then he receives some post, which makes him believe he could be the next to disappear.

Barton’s investigation goes full circle, through a series of brutal murders, back to the prison, and all signs are pointing to the fact that he’s made a terrible mistake.

There’s a violent killer on the loose who wants everyone to learn that some people deserve to die.

DI Barton is back as Ross Greenwood continues with his best-selling series, perfect for fans of Mark Billingham and Ian Rankin.

©2021 Ross Greenwood (P)2021 Boldwood Books

Critic Reviews

"Move over Rebus and Morse; a new entry has joined the list of great crime investigators in the form of Detective Inspector John Barton. A rich cast of characters and an explosive plot kept me turning the pages until the final dramatic twist." (Richard Burke)

"Master of the psychological thriller genre Ross Greenwood once again proves his talent for creating engrossing and gritty novels that draw you right in and won’t let go until you’ve reached the shocking ending." (Caroline Vincent, BitsAboutBooks)

"Ross Greenwood doesn’t write clichés. What he has written here is a fast-paced, action-filled puzzle with believable characters that's spiced with a lot of humour." (Kath Middleton)

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My favorite of the four

I had lost heart with The Ice Killer but was not too annoyed since it was “included”. This one was not free which caused me to hesitate but definitely worth the credit. Interesting plot twists and a surprisingly engaging protagonist.

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D.I. Barton Series

I really enjoyed the home life of the police officers. Some have "normal" lives, some have lost a child, some a parent, a pregnancy, a partner...just regular people that have to obey the laws and bring down the bad guys; of course some are bad girls. I have listened to all four D.I. Barton books and enjoyed the writing of Ross Greenwood very much!
I also enjoy listening to David Thorpe as he narrates the voices of all four books!

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shocking twist

Really enjoy this author and narrorator. The dark senses of humor and the family story line are a joy too, in all of the books. All I have to say is, hurry up on reeasing the next book, I can't wait!!!

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Love this author

I found this author and proceeded to read all his books in order!! Great writer, storyteller and characters!!

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Another one out of the park!

Another hit! This author just gets better. Great plot twists which kept me guessing and I am loving the character development. Excellent narration.

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Quite Enjoying this Author

I started this author with a free book and now willing to spend my credits to hear them! I am most pleased with Ross Greenwood!!!

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series gets better with each book

I truly enjoy Ross Greenwood's style. I quickly knew who the actual killer was early on, but with these books it is not important. The whys and hows along with a delightful cast of characters makes this a fabulous series. So refreshing in the current climate of formula thrillers. As always David Thorpe is fantastic

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I was rooting for the killer in this one

First you should be warned, this deals with some horrible subjects with crimes against children. While there is no real detail, its referred to enough that it could bother some. Now on to the book.... here we see someone killing convicted child predators. They had all served their time, but one dies just days before release. The next two were taken out soon after release. I honestly didn't want the killer to be caught or serve time. Them dying was just fine to me! In the end, it wrapped up nicely and as it should. I loved this series so much. Narrator did a great job with all of the books.

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The pauses are just annoying enough to slowly drive you mad

Our there no directors involved in the recording of these books? Someone say something to the reader about the pauses. If he can’t change get a knew reader. It’s a shame the book itself is enjoyable.

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Terrific!

Another hit for Ross Greenwood! It was hard to guess what would happen and I never saw the ending coming. I loved it!

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  • Abigail Adams
  • 11-29-21

Ross greenwood has done it again !

I only listen to crime novels and ross greenwood series with DCI barton are the best detective series iv come across and i listen to a book in a day most days all day while im at work and then when i get home ! I adore all his other books and cant wait for more to come his story wrighting is like no other i love the chapters from the killer !! Please keep them coming !!!

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  • Sonia
  • 12-02-21

Great book worth the wait

glad to have di Barton back with a great range of psychotic criminals . loved the story line. sad funny clever scary everything you want from a crime book

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  • Phil
  • 12-11-21

I loved the series

I have loved listening to the Barton series, it was very well written and narrated.

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  • Carole
  • 12-07-21

Really enjoyed this book

I have listened to all four DI Barton books one after the other have throughly enjoyed each story I like the way the story is told from both perspectives. Looking forward to the next one

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  • Fiona Keates
  • 06-19-22

good story, well read

a good story with realistic and Likable characters. the narrator really brings them to life

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-19-22

Amazing

This book is honestly brilliant. I love this series and they just get better and better.

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  • Jenni
  • 06-18-22

brilliant

i love the DI Barton series, a great read! Good narration and addictive. Well worth it.

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  • Rheanna Gibson
  • 06-04-22

love DI Barton

was a little slow to get going in the first third but once it picked up was great story to listen too. hope for more Barton in the future.

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  • Rebeccah Dawn Moore
  • 05-22-22

Absolutely brilliant

I have listened to the other two books and I absolutely love this series it’s so well written and the performance is brilliant.

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  • Anna B
  • 05-17-22

This should be made into movies!!!

Absolutely phenomenal!!!!
I have read/listened to the whole series so far and what a treat! You will be introduced to the world of serial killers and their apprehension in a very realistic believable manner.
Highly recommend!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-22

Excellent

Another great story by Ross. what can I say everything about this great. Up to the high standard of all his work. loved the characters. storyline and narration,. if you like this genre you will love ❤ this

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  • alan riles
  • 04-18-22

Bedtime listening, sometimes lose the plot!

I find I have to keep going back and forth to find where I went to sleep but this is not a reflection on this audiobook! My wife always says she goes to sleep during the best audiobooks/TV programs!
Seriously, the best so far with a complex but measured pace, and like Ice Killer a degree of empathy with the 'villain', a prisoner seeking revenge on sex offenders, also a final twist.
Perhaps at the cusp of becoming formulaic, So, like Fawlty Towers, call time on an excellent series and start a new one?
But I must admit I would miss Barton (and his family!), Sanders and Strange! And Serena!!
Anyway, regardless I will follow Ross Greenwood.