'Reginald Hill stands head and shoulders above any other writer of crime fiction' Observer Geraldine Lomas's son went missing in Italy during World War Two, but the eccentric old lady never accepted his death. Now she is dead, leaving the Lomas beer fortune to be divided between an animal rights organization, a fascist front and a services benevolent fund. As disgruntled relatives gather by the graveside, the funeral is interrupted by a middle-aged man in an Italian suit, who falls to his knees crying, 'Mama!' Andy Dalziel is preoccupied with the illegal book one of his sergeants is running on who is to be appointed as the new Chief Constable. But when a dead Italian turns up in the police car park, Peter Pascoe and his bloated superior are plunged into an investigation that makes internal police politics look like child's play!
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Reginald Hill was brought up in Cumbria, and has returned there after many years in Yorkshire. With his first crime novel, A Clubbable Woman, he was hailed as 'the crime novel's best hope' and twenty years on he has more than fulfilled that promise.From AudioFile:
This installment in the Dalziel and Pascoe series features police politics, allegations of homosexuality on the CID, family intrigue, and two murders. As is often the case, Dalziel somehow manages to resolve it all. Narrator Colin Buchanan, having played the role of Pascoe in three BBC series based on the novels, brings a wealth of experience to his reading. His Dalziel is as close to Dalziel as a reader can get. And Pascoe is, of course, Pascoe--never completely on top of what's going on and far behind Dalziel in pursuit of the several plots. Buchanan's presentation of Sergeant Wield's emotional traumas is also superb. R.E.K. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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