On Beulah Height (Dalziel & Pascoe Novel)

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9780002325264: On Beulah Height (Dalziel & Pascoe Novel)

‘These novels last, like a grand malt whisky – rounded, rich, intoxicating … Here is an author at his formidable best’ Frances Hegarty, Mail on Sunday

They moved everyone that long hot summer. Didn’t matter that your family had lived and worked and died in Dendale for centuries, they needed a new reservoir, and an old community seemed a cheap price to pay. They even dug the dead up out of the churchyard and moved them, too. But four inhabitants of the valley they couldn’t move, for nobody knew where they were. Benny Lightfoot and the three little girls he was suspected of abducting.

Fifteen years have passed. It’s another long hot summer, and as the thirsty sun brings all the old stones of Dendale village back into the light of day, another girl disappears and across the parapet of an old railway bridge someone sprays the words: BENNY’S BACK!

Old griefs and fears are resurrected, and for Andy Dalziel old guilt, too, as the case that got away comes back to haunt him. Peter Pascoe, watching his own young daughter fight for life, faces the unbearable reality of losing a child. But there are lights along the dark way, as Sergeant Wield tries to bring his partner to terms with a growing menagerie, as WDC Novello tries to impress her masters without compromising her feminist principles, and as PC Hector, Mid-Yorkshire’s contribution to the Care-in-the-Community programme, stamps his own indelible mark on the investigation.

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‘Hill is among the most entertaining and invigorating detective novelists writing at present’
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They'd moved everyone out of Dendale that long hot summer fifteen years ago. They needed a new reservoir, and an old community seemed a cheap price to pay. They even dug up the dead and moved them too.

But four inhabitants of the dale they couldn't move, for nobody knew where they were. Three little girls who'd gone missing, and the prime suspect in their disappearance, Benny Lightfoot.

This was Andy Dalziel's worst case and now fifteen years on he looks set to relive it. It's another long hot summer. A child goes missing in the next valley, and as the Dendale reservoir waters shrink and the old village re-emerges from the depths, old fears and suspicions arise too as someone sprays the deadly message on the wall of the small town of Danby.

Myth and music mingle as the Mid-Yorkshire team delve deep into the past and into their own reserves of experience and endurance in search of answers which threaten to bring more pain than they resolve.

Reginald Hill has a reputation for faultless writing, sparkling wit, and sharply observed characterization, but with 'On Beulah Height' he has surpassed himself. Imbued with a sense of devastating loss, leavened by unquenchable humour and spirit, it is his most haunting novel yet.

The Dalziel and Pascoe novels have now been adapted into a successful BBC television series.

'Their (Dalziel and Pascoe's) double act…is one of the delights of English crime fiction'
MARCEL BERLINS, 'The Times'

'This is as good as the English detective novel gets'
GQ

'Hill's wit is the constant, ironic foil to his vision, and to call this a mere crime novel is to say Everest is a nice little hill'
FRANCES HEGARTY, 'Mail on Sunday' (of 'The Wood Beyond')

'Reginald Hill is among the most entertaining and invigorating detective novelists writing at present'
PATRICIA CRAIG, 'TLS'

'Retire Morse and hire any deft whodunnit by Reginald Hill'
BOYD TONKIN, 'Independent'

'The finest male English contemporary crime writer. Compassionate, intelligent and entertaining'
VAL MCDERMID, 'Manchester Evening News'

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