A stunning standalone psychological thriller, set in Cumbria, past and present, from Reginald Hill, one of the UK’s most popular and admired crime novelists
Things move slowly in the village of Illthwaite, but that's about to change with the arrival of two strangers intent on digging up bits of the past the locals would rather keep buried. Sam Flood is a young Australian mathematician whose grandmother was despatched from Illthwaite four decades ago, courtesy of the Child Migrant scheme. Miguel Madero, Sam's fellow guest at the Stranger House inn, is a Spanish wannabe-priest-turned-historian in pursuit of an ancestor last seen setting sail with the Armada in 1588.
The antipathy between them is instant and mutual, but as they follow their separate quests their paths become increasingly entangled, with clashes physical and metaphysical, and shocks natural and supernatural, as the tension mounts to an explosive climax.
All the elements we have come to expect from Reginald Hill's writing – mystery, humour, elegant style, intricate plotting, fascinating characters, and a strong sense of history – combine here to create what must be his finest novel yet.
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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 StandardAbout the Author:
Reginald Hill is a native of Cumbria and former resident of Yorkshire, the setting for his novels featuring Superintendent Dalziel and DCI Pascoe, ‘the best detective duo on the scene bar none’ (‘Daily Telegraph’). Their appearances have won him numerous awards including a CWA Gold Dagger and Lifetime Achievement award. They have also been adapted into a hugely popular BBC TV series.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2006. Compact Disc. Book Condition: Brand New. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0007209916
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2005. Audio Book(CD). Book Condition: New. New item. Bookseller Inventory # QX-000-61-9375009