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Child's Play (Dalziel & Pascoe, Book 9) Paperback – 25 Jun 2009

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; (Reissue) edition (25 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007313101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007313105
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Few writers in the genre today have Hill’s gifts: formidable intelligence, quick humour, compassion and a prose style that blends elegance and grace’ Donna Leon, Sunday Times

‘The fertility of Hill’s imagination, the range of his power, the sheer quality of his literary style never cease to delight’ Val McDermid, Sunday Express

‘He is probably the best living male crime writer in the English-speaking world’ Andrew Taylor, Independent

‘Reginald Hill’s novels are really dances to the music of time, his heroes and villains interconnecting, their stories entwining’ Ian Rankin, Scotland on Sunday

‘An increasingly lyrical and always humorous writer, he is first and foremost an instinctive and complete novelist who is blessed with a spontaneous storytelling gift’ Francis Fyfield, Mail On Sunday

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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 organisation, 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…

"Reginald Hill stands head and shoulders above any other writer homebred crime fiction".
Tom Hiney, 'Observer'

"So far out in front that he need not bother looking over his shoulder".
Susanna Yager, 'Sunday Telegraph'

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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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An early book has more scatological language than later ones and certainly sets the scene for Dalziel being not politically correct. A little gem for introducing background to the later novels. Northern humour is brilliantly evoked. Denouement unexpected, a little contrived but a thoroughly good read.
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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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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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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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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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Excellent. Would recommend and Dalziel and Pascoe although the first two in the series seem a little dated
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