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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....