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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 31 January 2011
Reginald Hill's characters, like those of all good novels, are larger than life - but they are never stereotyped. They develop, not only within each specific novel, but throughout the series, reflecting the changing attitudes of the times as well as the (wo)man's vacillating fortunes.

This is an early Dalziel and Pascoe novel, the one in which the craggy-faced Sergeant Wield comes out - with comic and tragic consequences. Some of the language would be unacceptable today, but neither Andy Dalziel nor "Wieldy" himself use the term "queer" pejoratively. Unlike a certain officer, senior to Dalziel and harbouring delusions of grandeur, who sees it as his mission to clean up the force.

The main story hinges around a rather odd lady who bequeaths her not inconsiderable fortune to someone everybody knows is dead already. But nothing in Hill's novels is ever quite what it seems....
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2010
This is a good book but I bought it thinking I had a new book to enjoy. I didn't realise that it's a re-issue of the 1987 book - same title, but I didn't spot that. I wish publishers would make it clearer when books are re-issues. I didn't notice any warning on the Amazon site either. If there were any warnings anywhere, they weren't big enough for me! ! I'll not buy quite so quickly next time!
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on 20 March 2013
Reginald Hill always tells a great yarn and with the television series accompanying it - you can imagine the portly detective and his sidekick.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 1999
Good Dalziel and Pascoe novel as always, but this one gives more information about Wieldy's comming out to his bosses.
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on 22 July 2015
Purchased for a friend
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 June 2013
A good read. Hill always leaves you in suspence until the last moment. His characters are always well presented and credible. The relationship between Dalziel and Pascoe is progressing as the series goes on. most enjoyable.
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