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A fast-moving, stunning standalone psychological thriller – from the award-winning author of the Dalziel and Pascoe series
Wolf Hadda has lead a charmed life. From humble origins as a woodcutter’s son, he has risen to become a hugely successful entrepreneur, happily married to the girl of his dreams.
A knock on the door one morning ends it all. Thrown into prison while protesting his innocence, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later prison psychiatrist Alva Ozigbo makes a breakthrough: Wolf begins to talk. Under her guidance he gets parole, returning to his rundown family home in rural Cumbria.
But there is a mysterious period in Wolf’s youth when he disappeared from home and was known to his employers as the Woodcutter. And now the Woodcutter is back, looking for the truth – and revenge.
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'An outstanding novel of force and beauty [which shows] Hill's elegant writing, erudition and imagination' The Times
'He quickly proves he's lost none of his sardonic wit, punch and complexity ... You'll be hard pushed to find another crime writer with his verve ... Hill uses every trick in his arsenal to elucidate. The result is an epic, unbeatable mystery' Financial Times
'A big, fat mystery which has the enduring power of a myth ... Hill proves once again that the driving force of a successful crime novel is character, not incident ... The heights of the Dalziel & Pascoe series aside, Hill has never written a better book' Evening Standard
'Reginald Hill's books are as good as crime fiction gets and this one is as good as he gets ... A tragic, funny standalone mystery ... History is rewritten with brilliant originality and verve. The combination of wit and humanity is characteristic of this most inventive of crime novelists – warmly recommended' Literary Review
'Hill's plotting is brilliant, the jokes first-rate, the prose supple: it's his humble awe at the English language that enables him to be a minor master of it' Daily Telegraph
'To give more of plot would be to destroy the great pleasure this complex and accomplished novel offers ... Added to his colourful prose and involving narrative are acute psychological insights, beautifully realized characters and landscapes, an examination of the nature of justice, political rage, humour and enough word games to keep any bookish crossword-puzzler happy for hours ... The Woodcutter combines romance, fairy tale and tragedy in one of the most gripping crime novels of the past few years' TLSFrom the Back Cover:
Wolf Hadda's life has been a fairy tale. From his humble origins as a Cumbrian woodcutter's son, he has risen to become a hugely successful entrepreneur, happily married to the woman of his dreams.
A knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison while protesting his innocence, abandoned by friends and family, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later, prison psychiatrist Alva Ozigbo makes a breakthrough. Wolf begins to talk, and under her guidance he is paroled, returning to his family home in rural Cumbria.
But there was a mysterious period in Wolf's youth when he disappeared from home and was known to his employers as the Woodcutter. And now the Woodcutter is back, looking for the truth--and revenge. Can Alva intervene before his pursuit of vengeance takes him to a place from which he can never come back?
The Woodcutter is a treat that both lovers of the Dalziel and Pascoe series and newcomers to the always masterful work of Reginald Hill will devour.
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