Child’s Play (Dalziel & Pascoe, Book 9) Paperback – 25 Jun 2009
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'Reginald Hill stands head and shoulders above any other writer of crime fiction' Observer Geraldine Lomas's son went missing in Italy during World War Two, but the eccentric old lady never accepted his death. Now she is dead, leaving the Lomas beer fortune to be divided between an animal rights organization, a fascist front and a services benevolent fund. As disgruntled relatives gather by the graveside, the funeral is interrupted by a middle-aged man in an Italian suit, who falls to his knees crying, 'Mama!' Andy Dalziel is preoccupied with the illegal book one of his sergeants is running on who is to be appointed as the new Chief Constable. But when a dead Italian turns up in the police car park, Peter Pascoe and his bloated superior are plunged into an investigation that makes internal police politics look like child's play!See all Product description
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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....