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The Only Game Paperback – 29 Apr 2010

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (29 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007334850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007334858
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Reginald Hill writes brilliantly throughout, creating memorable characters with chiselled skill’
Sunday Times

‘Reginald Hill stands head and shoulders above any other writer of homebred crime fiction’
Observer

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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”
THE TIMES

FIRST PUBLISHED AS A PATRICK RUELL NOVEL

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
I would like to be wrong but I think I picked this book up a few years ago in a library which means it's a reprint even tho' Amazon has this with a 2009 publication date. Also, I see Amazon is selling what looks like another 'new' R. Hill book ("The Price of Butcher's Meat") which is actually "Ä cure for All Diseases" retitled - according to the small print lower down in the Product Description. I've seen this sort of thing happening with other authors e.g. Peter Robinson. It just means I am very careful about reading the details of a book before I order these days.
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Reginald Hill's use of language is normally impressive but it is difficult to believe this early novel would lead to the accomplished author he became. The plot is invoved and not very believable. I am not sure that I am going to finish it..
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This is not as riveting and smooth as Hill's later books. It was released in the early nineties (BEWARE the chance of a double-up purchase as it was originally released under a pseudonym).

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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