On Beulah Height (Dalziel & Pascoe Novel)

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They moved everyone 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 valley they couldn't move, for nobody knew where they were. Three little girls had 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 old fears arise as someone sprays the deadly message on the wall of Danby: BENNY'S BACK!

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

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Praise for the Dalziel/Pascoe novels:

"The real joy of the Dalziel/Pascoe books is the writing and the characterizations. Mr. Hill has such disparate writers as Trollope, Beerbohm, Sayers and Shaw in his blood."
--The New York Times

"A lot of people write classic detective stories, but Reginald Hill is one of the elite few who write classy classics."
--The Baltimore Sun

"Hill blends civility and madness in a most agreeable way."
--New York

From the Inside Flap:

"Reginald Hill," writes the Dallas Morning News, "is not only a talented writer of detective fiction, he is a shrewd observer of human nature." Now, in On Beulah Height, Hill uses riveting psychological detail to create a chilling tale about the powerful need to be loved, its blind desires and hopes, its illusions and truths...and its deadly consequences.

With modernity raising its ugly head in Yorkshire, the grand idea of the Water Board was to flood a local valley to make a reservoir.  Of course they had to bulldoze the homes of Dendale, the farming town inconveniently situated in that valley, first, and relocate the families.  That was when the children began to disappear.

Andy Dalziel was a young detective in those days, and he took the case hard.  Three little girls were missing in all.  No bodies were ever found, and the best suspect, a strange lad named Benny Lightfoot, was held for a time, then released.  The only child that escaped an attack, a plump, dark-haired girl named Betsy, said it was Benny who grabbed her.  But he escaped so cleanly, even Dalziel couldn't find him.

Twelve years later, with one of the driest summers on record, the ruins of Dendale have begun to reappear in the reservoir.  And the child-snatching has started again.  Dalziel, older, wiser, and more caustic, is determined to get his man this time.  But his partner Peter Pascoe soon has a life-and-death problem with his own daughter distracting him.  Now, as the threads of past and present wind tightly into a chilling mosaic of death and vengeance, a drowned valley begins to yield up its secrets--of bones, memories, and desire--until the identity of a killer rests on what a small child saw and what another, now grown, feared with all her heart to remember....

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