Exit Lines: Complete & Unabridged Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Sep 2000
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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 finest male English contemporary crime writer' Val McDermid
'Reginald Hill's novels are really dances to the music of time, his heroes and villains interconnecting, their stories intertwining'
'One of Britain's most consistently excellent crime novelists' The Times
'These novels last, like a grand malt whisky – rounded, rich, intoxicating… Here is an author at his formidable best'
Frances Fyfield, Mail on Sunday
'So far out in front that he need not bother looking over his shoulder' Sunday Telegraph
'He is probably the best living male crime writer in the English-speaking world' Andrew Taylor, Independent
'Reginald Hill stands head and shoulders above any other writer of homebred crime fiction' Tom Hiney, Observer--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'Few writers in the genre today have Hill's gifts: formidable intelligence, quick humour, compassion and a prose style that blends elegance and grace.' (The Sunday Times)
'The finest male English contemporary crime writer.' (Val McDermid)
'Reginald Hill's novels are really dances to the music of time, his heroes and villains interconnecting, their stories intertwining.' (Ian Rankin)
'One of Britain's most consistently excellent crime novelists.' (The Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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!
In this tale, three pensioners die is various circumstances with Dalziel be put in the frame for potential drink driving leading to the death of one character. The three investigations run consecutively with the focus being on conflicts of interest for Dalziel as well as an expose of the licensed betting business. As usual with Hill, the story is peppered with credible characters and the plots deliberately low-key and mundane, the motives for the crimes being banal and credible. Despite this, the story remains hugely gripping with only a handful of references to TV programmes like "Dallas" betraying the fact that this book was written back in the 1980's.
I used to believe that crime writing represented the nadir of fiction yet Hill is almost too good to be defined by this oeuvre. The writing puts the reader straight in to the story and I found it impossible to put this book down. Had I read these books before seeing the TV series, I would have found the dramatization a slight disappointment as good as the late Warren Clarke was. Whilst Clarke's portrayal of Dalziel was memorable, the books relay the stories in far greater detail with the put-downs which made his performance so compelling being a feature of the whole police team. This is writing of the highest order and a joy to read. I'm currently debating which one in the series to pick up next....................
Once again from insignificant beginnings he conjures up a tale so intricate and yet so simple and wonderfully entertaining. The characters develop in each story and become almost old friends to the reader.
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