A psychological thriller starring Dalziel and Pascoe, the hugely popular police duo and stars of the long-running BBC TV series.
Can it be true? Has the Fat Man really sung?
Caught in the blast of a huge Semtex explosion, the only thing preventing Superintendent Andy Dalziel from stepping through Death's door might be his own size (and indomitable willpower).
As he lies on a hospital bed, it falls on DCI Peter Pascoe to seek justice for Andy. The security services have written it off as an accident; the terrorist suspects have paid for their clumsiness with their lives.
Who, then, are the Templars, a shadowy extremist conspiracy known to exact summary justice on their enemies? Pascoe is certain of a conspiracy and the attempted murder of Yorkshire Police’s most inept officer only convinces him further.
But if the plot is complex, the climax will prove astounding…
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Itís not so much Reginald Hillís productivity that is amazing (although producing novels for nearly four decades is impressive enough); itís the unassailable quality of his writing that takes the breath away. With barely a misstep over the years, Hillís chronicling of the abrasive (but, of late, more accommodating) relationship between his mismatched coppers, the no-holds-barred Andy Dalziel and the more nuanced Peter Pascoe, has been non-pareil, with the authorís plotting every inch a match for his spot-on characterisation (and not just of his detective duo -- there have been many sharply observed players introduced into the dramatis personae over the years). Of course, a title like The Death of Dalziel will set alarm bells ringing (as much, one assumes, for Hillís publishers as for dedicated readers), and there's no denying that putting the life of his corpulent copper on the line ratchets up the tension here considerably.
Weíre given a taste of Andyís corrosive wit as he and Peter Pascoe observe a video shop thatís under surveillance by the security services for its supposed terrorist connections, but (before the reader has time to draw a breath), there is an explosion, and Dalziel is left lying unconscious, bleeding heavily and covered with debris, his body having shielded his partner from the worst of the blast. And for the rest of the book, while Pascoe tracks down the reasons behind the explosion (he doesnít buy the obvious explanation, i.e., would-be terrorists have blown themselves up by accident), Hill tries something radically different: we are taken into the consciousness of the critically ill Dalziel in his hospital bed. These sections (discursive, alternately funny and sad) are among the most successful in a very successful book. --Barry ForshawReview:
Praise for ‘The Stranger House’:
Grim, gory, fascinating, enraging and entertaining.’ Independent
‘A mystery novel but far more than that. It's gripping… Hill is wonderful.' The Times
‘Exhilarating' Sunday Times
‘You're enthralled by the cunning of the plotting… great.' Observer
‘It's a complex, multi-layered plot… it takes a master like Mr Hill to turn it into such an absorbing and atmospheric mystery.' Sunday Telegraph
Praise for ‘Good Morning, Midnight’:
‘A real treat. The characters are deftly drawn, the plot constantly delivers surprises and the assured narrative demonstrates again what a terrific writer he is.' Observer
‘As absorbing and as enjoyable as anything Hill has produced. The writing is brilliant, witty and erudite.' Evening Standard
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