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The Wood Beyond (Dalziel & Pascoe Novel) Hardcover – 22 Feb 1996


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Crime; First Edition edition (22 Feb 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000232525X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002325257
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 498,514 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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‘These novels last, like a grand malt whisky’
Mail on Sunday

‘One of Britain’s most consistently excellent crime novelists’
The Times

‘One of the masters of the modern police procedural’
Sunday Telegraph

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"Hill's wit is the constant, ironic foil to his vision, and to call this a mere crime novel is to say Everest is a nice little hill".
Frances Hegarty, 'Mail on Sunday'

A ravaged, cratered wood, a man in uniform long dead- this is not a World War One battlefield, but Wanwood House, a pharmaceutical research centre.

Peter Pascoe attends his grandmother's funeral, and scattering her ashes leads him too into war-ravaged woods in search of his great-grandfather who fought and died at Passchendaele.

Seeing the wood for the trees is the problem for Andy Dalziel when he finds himself fancying an animal rights activist, despite her possible complicity in a murderous assault and her appalling taste in whiskey.

'The Wood Beyond' presents a cast of fascinating characters and a mind-bending puzzle, leading us to the wild side of pastoral, through fields where nothing may safely graze, into woods where no bird dare sing…

"This is as good as the English detective novel gets".
'GQ'

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rick Darby on 12 Oct 2003
Format: Paperback
If you are already familiar with Reginald Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe series, recommending this one is not going to be a hard sell. If not, check this out and discover one of the contemporary masters of the crime novel.
This is an ambitious work; Hill clearly intends to transcend the police procedural genre, and includes a parallel story set in the ghastly killing fields of Passchendaele in the Great War that dovetails with the present-day police investigation that is the nominal subject of the book. It must be said that the interwoven story of Pascoe's ancestor (who shares his name) strains credulity; it's a literary construct that doesn't really come off.
But who cares? Hill as a writer is otherwise at the top of his game. It's full of witty dialogue (if only people in life -- myself included -- could set off such a string of verbal firecrackers, how much more entertaining our daily round would be!). Dalziel's Yorkshire dialect is a constant source of delight: I hope expressions like "nowt," "tha's," "lass," et al. aren't dying out. And as usual, the characters, especially the detectives and Pascoe's wife Ellie, are drawn in psychological depth.
The novel can be enjoyed as pure entertainment. But, notwithstanding the parallel story's unlikelihood, it offers a window into the ungodly horrors of life in the trenches in 1917 and the savagery of military "justice" in the British army of the time.
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Hill once again takes us into the world of Daziel and Pascoe, the two policemen from mid-Yorkshire who are as different in their personalities and modus operandi as they are matched in their intuitiveness. In this story Pascoe finds previously unknown family links with the Great War are suddenly playing an unexpected role in the present, and a series of uncanny coincidences lead him further and further into an investigation of past injustices. Meanwhile a series of unsolved crimes related to some animal rights activists and an unusual find in the grounds of a pharmaceutical laboratory are causing Daziel more unrest and personal involvement than he is used to dealing with. Hill has excelled himself in this book, raising his stature even further from outstanding crime-writer to author of first class literature and commentator on attitudes and blunders which the Establishment still prefers to,if not ignore, then address briefly and then pass over. A must for all Hill fans, but it stands on its own for those wishing to sample this author for the first time.
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By Kit on 23 Jun 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm getting to really love the characters in these books and care about them as if they were friends. Poor old Pascoe tends to get some stick, though, both physical and mental, especially in this one. I'm really enjoying these mid-period novels and just goes to show how characters develop over time.

I love the literary allusions and loved the relationship between Dalziel and Cap Marvell, despite her taste in whisky. Yes, the WW1 connections strain credulity, but this is a novel not non-fiction.
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By Brenda on 14 April 2013
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Reginald has pulled it out of the bag again. This book has the usual banter between Dalziel and Pascoe etc. which makes me laugh out loud, but in addition has some throw backs to the first world war which has made me want to research deeper into that particular war. I love this series of books and would rate them all 5, but this one, if I could, I would give it a 10 and I havent quite finished reading it yet!
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By Blue in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWERTOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Nov 2011
Format: Paperback
I've been working my way randomly through the terrific Dalziel and Pascoe series so this review may seem a little late and a bit redundant for this 1996 novel. Nonetheless, "The Wood Beyond" is good enough to rate continuing plaudits from generations (even) of readers.

Author Reginald Hill is as skilled as they come in creating colorful characters and intricate and multidimensional plots. "The Wood Beyond" has both in spades, but particularly a story line to rival the best of Hills' other work and far out in front of the average mystery potboiler. "The Wood Beyond" takes both Andy Dalziel and Peter Pascoe into deeply personal territory as the book examines a modern crime linked to a terrible injustice that took place before, during and after World War I. Indeed, Hill has laudably climbed on a soapbox here to once more expose in the most articulate way how senseless a slaughter that conflict it was.

"The Wood Beyond" gives the series principals Dalziel, Peter Pascoe, Ellie Pascoe, and Edgar Wield plenty of personal time while unwinding the mystery of a body found while animal rights activists are invading a medical research facility on a liberation mission. The story will eventually uncover corporate misdeeds, additional murders and mayhem and a major shock for DCI Pascoe relating to his family history.

This is one of Hill's best and mysteries don't get much better than that. Highly recommended.
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