Good Morning, Midnight Paperback – 4 Oct 2004
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What a pleasure it is to be in the hands of a trusted writer. And Good Morning, Midnight is a reminder of just how good this British crime writer is. Reginald Hill's reputation has been steadily consolidated with some of the most accomplished crime writing in the UK, and his Dalziel and Pascoe novels enjoy a consistency of achievement rare in the genre, with only the occasional misstep. Of course, it's hard these days not to visualise TV actors when we begin a D and P novel, but those adaptations soon seem a world away, so much more sophisticated and atmospheric are the novels.
Here, Hill gives us his very individual gloss on a standard crime plot, one that most serious practitioners feel obliged to tackle at least once: the locked room mystery (P D James recently had a crack at the same narrative device). Pal Maciver has committed suicide in a manner similar to that of his father several years ago: the death happening in the classic locked room. Pal's stepmother Kay doesn't enjoy all the negative attention she gets after the death, and although the dependable D S Dalziel is on her side, his help is restricted by a surprising influence--nothing less than as Dalziel's partner, the intractable DCI Pascoe, who regards Kay with suspicion, despite Dalziel's sympathy and support. When a key witness, seductive provider of sexual services Madame Dolores, vanishes, things become very complicated for both detectives--particularly as Pal Maciver's death appears to have many international complications. Will the squabbling Dalziel and Pascoe be able to come to a compromise before further deaths occur?
It goes without saying that readers are in for a very enjoyable time in the company of the disputatious coppers; amazingly, Hill is able to ring fresh changes on what might have been supposed to be over-familiar material. The plotting is as mystifying as ever--just what we read D and P for, right? --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
‘He is probably the best living male crime writer in the English-speaking world’ Andrew Taylor, Independent
‘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
‘One of Britain’s most consistently excellent crime novelists’ Marcel Berlins, The Times
‘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’ Frances Fyfield, Mail on Sunday
‘Reginald Hill’s novels are really dances to the music of time, his heroes and villains interconnecting, their stories entwining’ Ian Rankin, Scotland on SundaySee all Product Description
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The plot is relatively straightforward at first sight, but soon, through varied familial infighting and some dark outside influences, shows its true complexity. In 1992, Pal Maciver's father Pal Maciver commits suicide in a locked room. He shoots himself at his desk with a shotgun, trigger pulled by toe. Open on the desk, a book of poems by Emily Dickinson (this is the source of the novel's title.) Ten years later, in the same house which now lies empty, Pal himself commits suicide in exactly the same way.Read more ›
The plot is relatively straightforward at first sight, but soon, though various familial infighting and some dark outside influence, shows its true complexity. In 1992, Pal Maciver’s father commits suicide in a locked room. He shoots himself at his desk with a shotgun, trigger pulled by toe. Open on the desk, a book of poems by Emily Dickinson (this is the source of the novel’s title.) Ten years later, in the same house which now lies empty, Pal himself commits suicide in an identical way to his father. The book of poetry is even open at exactly the same page.
In each instance angry fingers point toward Pal’s stepmother, the enchanting Kay Kafka (as you can see, Hill’s love of weird names is on fine display again. Here there is not only an Ethelbert, but a Cressida, and “Pal” is short for Palinurus) who, he held much animosity towards.Read more ›
Good Morning Midnight seemed to me a return to the powerful story-telling form of the earlier books, and I was riveted throughout the first 95% of the novel. I may be missing something but I thought that the end was a bit of a let-down; too many loose ends untied and flat scenes closing off alternative plot-lines. A really good journey though, with a slightly dissapointing destination.
Sue-Lynn Maciver is disinherited in her husbands will he made shortly before his suicide. Richard Hill has her trying to overturn the will on grounds he was suffering from a terminal brain tumour. It is more likely she would use the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 under which a will not making reasonable provisions for a spouse can be varied. She could end up with the same settlement as if she had been divorced although I am not a lawyer.
Richard Hill needs to do more research on computers and will law.
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Reginald Hill is my favourite crime-writer, I would highly recommend his books!Published 9 months ago by E.Eberhart
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