The Only Game Paperback – 29 Apr 2010
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‘Reginald Hill writes brilliantly throughout, creating memorable characters with chiselled skill’
‘Reginald Hill stands head and shoulders above any other writer of homebred crime fiction’
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When a four year old child is abducted from an Essex kindergarten, Detective Inspector Dog Cicero soon realizes that this is to be no routine investigation. Something about the child’s mother troubles him. Maybe it’s just the fact that she comes from Derry, and Cicero’s Northern Ireland scars go deeper than his ruined face. But he feels there’s more to it than that.
Why, for instance, is Superintendent Toby Tench leaving his devious Special Branch footprints all over Cicero’s Romchurch patch? And why does he want the courts to release Jane Maguire on bail after she makes an incriminating confession?
Tench plays his cards close to his chest, and Cicero finds the odds are stacked against him both personally and professionally – not that he will let that stop him. For Dog’s a gambling man, and when death’s the only game in town, a gambling man has got to play.
“He [Reginald Hill] is first and foremost an instinctive and complete novelist who is blessed with a spontaeous storytelling gift”
FRANCES FYFIELD, 'Mail on Sunday'
“One of Britain’s most consistently excellent crime novelists”
FIRST PUBLISHED AS A PATRICK RUELL NOVEL--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Some of the usual great insights and rich writing are there and our protagonist is also very easy to align with. Despite being quite engaging with its twists and turns though, the plot is quite over-the-top. Put differently, I wasn't fully comfortable with some of the ingredients used. It also dragged a bit at the end as that one twist too many played out.
I have read most of Hill's books and am loathe to make slightly negative commentary because I know what a wonderful author he was. But I do think it would be fair to say this effort doesn't deliver the standard he was able to consistently produce in his later books. 7/10
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I absolutely love Reginald Hill and believe he was one of our finest crime fiction writers. I have read almost all his books, including the entire Dalziel and Pascoe series. Read morePublished 6 months ago by sevenpin