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Reginald Hill
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks; Unabridged Audiobook edition (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407462016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407462011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,011,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Caught in the blast of a huge Semtex explosion, the only things preventing Superintendent Andy Dalziel from stepping through Death's door might be his own size and indomitable willpower. As he lies on a hospital bed, it falls on DCI Peter Pascoe to seek justice for Andy. The security services have written it off as an accident - the terrorist suspects have paid for their clumsiness with their lives. Who, then, are the Knights Templar, a shadowy group exacting summary public justice on their enemies? Pascoe is certain of a conspiracy and the attempted murder of Yorkshire Police's most inept officer only convinces him further...

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The death of Dalziel 10 Mar 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I tried to read this as slowly as possible to prolong the sheer self-hugging joy of it all but, of course,I was unequal to the task. Swept along by the helter-skelter pace of the story line, I paused only to look up all the words and references with which I was not familiar. (Quite a few, as usual, when reading Mr Hill). To describe the plot would probably render me fit only for a Dalzielesque verbal broadside from other readers, so all I can do is recommend it with all my heart.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A return to form for Hill 11 Oct 2007
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I loved this book. I have read every Dalziel and Pascoe book and looked forward to each new one with delight. With Arms and The Woman however I thought Hill had finally lost the plot, and I was so disappointed I have never approached them in the same way since. Luckily this is a classic and a real return to form. Pascoe goes it alone in this one with Fat Andy hovering between life and death caught up in what looks like a terrorist explosion. Having said that, Dalziel dominates the book as usual, leaving Pascoe desperately trying to catch up. Hector gets to shine here too, becoming a much more rounded and interesting character. Fantastic.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spectacular return to form 27 Jan 2008
By Friendlycard VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Through a succession of ever-better novels, beginning with 'A Clubbable Woman' in 1970 and culminating (for me) in 'On Beulah Height' in 1999, Reginald Hill estabnlished himself as one of the finest crime writers in the business and his heroes Dalziel and Pascoe as amongst the most believable and likeable detectives. After the superlative 'On Beulah Height', however, subsequent books (and especially 'Arms and the Women') seemed to lose their way somewhat.

Not so 'The Death of Dalziel', which brings a triumphant return of the very best qualities of the Dalziel and Pascoe series - a complicated plot (which I shall not, of course, reveal), well-paced writing, excellent characterisation and a blend of subtle wit and incisive commentary. Where crime novels are concerned, it doesn't get better than this - very highly recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hill returns with another thriller! 22 May 2007
By Billy J. Hobbs VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
It's the 22nd installment in the highly successful Dalziel and Pascoe police procedurals by Reginald Hill. Perhaps the title gives it added interest, but "The Death of Dalziel" is perhaps the most absorbing, even mesmerizing, episode in this highly successful series set in Yorkshire. Hill's books sometimes run the gamut, from the highly exciting (such as this one) to some that, frankly, seem, somehow, lacking, to be kind.

Lacking in characterization, however, is not one of Hill's weaknesses, as over the course of this series he's made us comfortable with his unforgettable players, from "the Fat Man" (Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel) and his educated and precise Det. Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe through the regulars, Ellie Pascoe, Sgt., Wield, and Sgt. Hector.

In the latest book, Dalziel lies comatose, following a bomb explosion iN a suspected terrorists house, in which he and Pascoe were called to investigate. Although also injured, Pascoe survives to pursue the case, seconded to the British anti-terrorist unit (CAT). This time the terrorists perpetrating the bombing are a group of loyal Brits who align themselves with the historical Knights Templar, but complete with modern techniques and agendas, using the "an eye for an eye" thinking to fight what they believe is the Islamic menace.

As ever, Hill's storyline is filled with complications (as well as commentary on some of the social events of today). This is no ordinary investigation, although it does carry with it some of the ordinary characteristics: murder, intrigue, duplicity, deceit. And all at a very fast pace.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the telly 25 Mar 2007
Format:Hardcover
Although I've followed the adventures of Dalziel and Pascoe on TV, this is the first Reginald Hill book I've read. It's alleged that, unlike Colin Dexter with John Thaw's Morse, Reginald Hill does not approve of Warren Clarke playing Andy Dalziel in the TV adaptations of his novels (he isn't fat enough to play the Fat Man for a start). Hill denies it, of course (or at least he denied it in a recent interview I read), but his latest book represents a formidable challenge to the TV adapters. For the eponymous hero spends most of the book lying in a coma in intensive care, until finally . . .

Of course Dalziel won't die, you're thinking. Will he? Well, the clue is in the title. I won't give away the ending, but I have to confess I was shocked.

The story isn't your usual police procedural type of tale. It is a story with a complex plot about an extremist plot against extremist plotters, with a multi-layered counterplot. The introduction of the Security Services adds to the mix and takes the story off in unexpected directions. It's a book about belief (in truth, in God, in self, in right and wrong) and about identity and division (Yorkshire/Lancashire, Anglo/Asian, Christian/Muslim, cops/spooks). The novel is perfectly structured, but it's the development of the characters (especially Peter Pascoe without the support and guidance of the comatose Dalziel) that brings the story to life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent
Published 5 days ago by Anne Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars Books
Very poor , nothing like the other books, is the real author struggling for a decent plot x x x
Published 4 months ago by Brian Norman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I lie a story that keeps your interest, this one did, though I would think that Dalziel would have solved the crime from his bed and told Pascoe that he was obviously dragging his... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Eric Carter
1.0 out of 5 stars Abridged!
My fault - I didnt read the advert thorougly, but I loathe abridged books, what is the point? I love Reginald Hill's work and the joy is the detail of his characterisation.........
Published 13 months ago by ar
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent police procedural
Intelligent and perceptive. Complex plot and sympathetic and original characters. The Dalziel and Pascoe series consistently delivers. Read more
Published 13 months ago by kaijai
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
Only the 2nd Daziel n Pascoe book I've read but thoroughly enjoyable and easy to read! Although I found it difficult to get a real idea of the characters as Daziel was out of play... Read more
Published 15 months ago by joanne davies
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
This could be almost a good read if it was reduced to 300 and some pages, 600 pages drifts into dribble and tedious monologue, page after page of boring script, there is a basis of... Read more
Published 19 months ago by dk
5.0 out of 5 stars Every page enjoyable
Reginald Hill's "Death Comes for the Fat Man" is a highly literate and thoroughly engaging story that grabs the reader from the first page. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Blue in Washington
5.0 out of 5 stars dalziel and pascoe at their best
D and p have grown in every sense over the years. This is first class. if you read this as your first you would start looking for the others. Read more
Published 20 months ago by A. G. Holderness
5.0 out of 5 stars The Death Dalziel
Excellent book, as are all Reginald Hill books. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Would recommend to other readers who like crime novels.
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