Summary

Three times Detective Chief Inspector Pascoe has wrongly accused dead-pan joker Franny Roote. This time he's determined to leave no gravestone unturned as he tries to prove that the ex-con and aspiring academic is mad, bad, and dangerous to know. But over his investigation looms the huge form of Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel.
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© Reginald Hill; (P) W F Howes Ltd
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"It's clever, involving and admirably resolved. No one does it better than Hill." ( The Guardian)
"Reginald Hill is probably the best living crime writer in the English-speaking world." ( The Independent)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 07-02-08

Probably better abridged !

Although the plot was well constructed the story could have been told in around half the pages. This was the first book that I have purchased that I almost gave up on !

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sally on 08-01-13

Where's Dalziel??

I love Reginald Hill's humour, particularly when he is doing the dialogue for Dalziel. The problem is Dalziel seems to appear less and less these days, great shame, he's the best bit

Not a bad listen, but Pascoe can be a bit of a self absorbed drip. He does get very obsessed and side tracked... I think he should be swapping places the gay motor biking sergeant who is far more interesting, and better at the job.

One the hole it wasn't a bad yarn

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4 out of 5 stars
By Nesrine on 01-03-07

engrossing attention-getter

Riveting, excellent character development. Engrossing with well-written literary story line. DI Pascoe and his family, relationships with friends and many questions I've had over the years are finally clearly delineated. Entertaining and satisfying, no loose ends, but an avenue for a continuation.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Sonny on 11-08-10

Pure pleasure

I've now "read" several Dalziel and Pascoe novels and have enjoyed every single one. This one was no exception. The character development was seamless and gave me an intimate sense of each character. While complex, the plot was effectively told. Shaun Dooley is a perfect narrator for these stories - using a unique tone for each character, like watching a play unfold. Kudos to both author and narrator!

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