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Good, but the ending disappoints,
This review is from: Good Morning, Midnight (Paperback)
If you are new to Reginald Hill's work, it would be better to start with one of his earlier books which introduce the detective duo of Dalziel and Pascoe. There are a lot of characters in this book, and it's only because most of the police officers have been featured in earlier books that you can keep track of them all.
Some fans may be glad to know that this book does not include the Gothic fantasy that marred his last couple of novels. The book is Hill's attempt at a locked room mystery, and it's ingenious and entertaining. The only problem is that it might not have been a good idea to tackle this element of the genre in a novel which is also attempting to give a response to 9/11. Hill has always included social comment in his work, but here he has had difficulty in integrating the political aspects with the family story.
However, some of the subplots are very funny. As other reviewers have pointed out, Hill has rejected the spare style and his descriptions are more vivid in consequence.
If you like open endings, especially with a cynical tone, then you may enjoy the ending, but if you prefer all the ends to be tied up as in a conventional detective story, you may find the ending dissatisfying.