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Born Guilty: Unabridged [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Reginald Hill , Simon J.Williamson , Simon J. Williamson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

July 1998

‘Few writers in the genre today have Hill’s gifts: formidable intelligence, quick humour, compassion and a prose style that blends elegance and grace’ Donna Leon, Sunday Times

Hurrying out of St Monkey’s church on the last Amen of the Creation, Joe Sixsmith stumbles across a boy’s corpse in a cardboard box and into more trouble than he’s ever known. Soon his casebook is full to bursting: retired colonial Mrs C. demands to know how the boy got there; Gallie, the Mutant from Outer Space, urges him to find the stranger nosing into her granddad’s past; while Butcher, that briefest of briefs, is hellbent on digging the dirt on a deputy head’s out-of-school activities.

Ever valiant for truth, Joe threads his mild-mannered way through the mean streets of Luton, fighting off angry cops, demented druggies and the matchmaking machinations of his Auntie Mirabelle. But the truth he discovers does not set him free, for there’s little joy in confirming that today’s kids grow up so much faster than he did, and even the luckiest of them find out all too soon that they have been born guilty.

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Magna Story Sound (July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859032346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859032343
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,262,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About 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. 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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‘He pays attention to the old-fashioned values: meticulous plotting, authentic characterisation and realistic dialogue’
The Times

‘Reginald Hill stands head and shoulders above any other writer of homebred crime fiction’
Observer

‘Reginald Hill’s novels are really dances to the music of time’
Ian Rankin

‘He is first and foremost an instinctive and complete novelist who is blessed with a spontaneous storytelling gift’
Frances Fyfield, Mail on Sunday

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

Hurrying out of St Monkey’s church on the last Amen of the 'Creation', Joe Sixsmith stumbles across a boy’s corpse in a cardboard box and into more trouble than he’s ever known. Soon his casebook is full to bursting: retired colonial Mrs C. demands to know how the boy got there; Gallie, the Mutant from Outer Space, urges him to find the stranger nosing into her granddad’s past; while Butcher, that briefest of briefs, is hellbent on digging the dirt on a deputy head’s out-of-school activities.

Ever valiant for truth, Joe threads his mild-mannered way through the mean streets of Luton, fighting off angry cops, demented druggies and the matchmaking machinations of his Auntie Mirabelle. But the truth he discovers does not set him free, for there’s little joy in confirming that today’s kids grow up so much faster than he did, and even the luckiest of them find out all too soon that they have been born guilty.

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Joe Sixsmith is the Miss Marple of Luton! 17 Nov 2000
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Joe stumbles across murders like most people trip on loose paving stones. I love the way he falls accidentally over clues it would take other people months to track down. These are light hearted novels about serious issues and once you get used to the juxtaposition they are great fun to read. This one had a darker edge to it, dealing with covering up family secrets and corruption. The theme is echoed in a continuing subplot involving the corruption and racism in the police force. It is never made a major issue but it comes across as being more realistic because Joe perceives it as something commonplace and irritating that just has to be accepted and dealt with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good early work from creator of Dalziel & Pascoe 14 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
This is a light-touch, lightwieght (but nonetheless well-crafted) crime novel from Reginald Hill, featuring Joe Sixsmith, lathe-operator turned PI. The plot is a little convoluted and contrived but the scenes between Joe and the police, his 'tame' but scary solicitor and love interest Beryl 'Bodytone' are all beautifully observed
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brought as a Xmas Present 26 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It was brought as a Christmas present for my husband and he is very happy with it, good job it arrived before Christmas
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Very Good" 2 Oct 2013
By Roger
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
The novel by Reginald Hill is great - I have really enjoyed all the Joe Sixsmith books that I've read.

However, the condition of the book was described as "Very Good". OK, it was clean, the spine was intact and all the pages were all there. But it was grey, somewhat battered looking and the pages were discoloured. I would have described its condition as "OK". For the money (£1.97 with postage included) it was quite acceptable but not of the physical quality that I expected - I was disappointed when it arrived. Thankfully, the quality of Reginald Hill's writing quickly overcame my initial misgivings.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Born Guilty Book 26 April 2014
By Darnita G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The Born Guilty Book by Reginal Hill came early and in ok condition for it to be an older library book. Thank you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Sixsmith and the Dalzeil and Pascoe series 30 Jan 2014
By johnm - Published on Amazon.com
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All of the Sixsmith and all but one of the Dalzeil and Pascoe series are great. Well written, interesting, and just plain good storytelling Reginald Hill will be missed. I read the whole group and am looking for another great series if you haven't read him, you are in for a great treat.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reginald Hill: Born Guilty 24 April 2009
By J. M. Booth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Reginald Hill always is good value for money, and Born Guilty is no exception. His typical wit and humour lighten the serious subject matter without lessening its impact, or denying humanity.
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