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Reginald Hill - Exit Lines,
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This review is from: Exit Lines (Dalziel & Pascoe, Book 8) (Paperback)
Each chapter in this novel is headed with the famous last lines of a famous character in history or literature, including "Et tu, Brute?" from (Shakespeare's) Julius Caesar - which some critics (of Shakespeare) regard as unlikely since Caesar probably exited in Greek, and "Either this wallpaper goes or I do" from Oscar Wilde - also perhaps apocryphal.
But hey - it's fun, and you need something to lighten a story which revolves around the deaths of three pretty ordinary old men. And this Reginald Hill does, without trivialising the sadness of the victims and their relatives. The characters of two minor stalwarts of Mid-Yorkshire C.I.D. are also developed (the awkward Constable Hector and the up-and-coming D.C. Seymour - who tries to balance success in love with the contingencies of the service).
What gives this novel an extra tension is the suggestion that the Fat Man himself might have been involved in one of the deaths, and Pascoe's loyalty (and ours!) is stretched to the limit. Hang in, there!