A Pinch of Snuff: A Dalziel and Pascoe novel (Dalziel & Pascoe, Book 5) Paperback – 25 Jun 2009
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Pascoe pursues the matter in spite of Dalziel's disinterest, and won't drop it even when the dentist is accused of molesting an underage patient. When the elderly owner of the film club is found beaten to death, Pascoe suspects a link with his investigation of the possible snuff film. As he digs deeper it becomes clear that there's something very nasty going on. But there are a good many threads to untangle before he uncovers the full story.
As usual with this series, this book is a well-crafted police procedure with stylish writing and a good deal of humour, though Hill never trivializes the crimes he describes. The book is self-contained and can be read without having first read any of the previous books. There's some development of the long term story of the main characters, with the introduction of Sergeant Wield, and a look at the early months of Peter and Ellie's marriage. Ideally the series should be read in order, but this entertaining and thoughtful book makes a good startng point if the earlier books aren't available.
On the way, we are treated to a wealth of wit and perspicacity, through the medium of his rough, tough, Yorkshire copper, Andy Dalziel, and his faithful (though ever-critical) cultured side-kick, Peter Pascoe. If you miss the TV stories, try the real, original, printed ones - you wont be disappointed.
"A Pinch of Snuff" is an early Dalziel and Pascoe novel, first published in 1978. But it wears well, and if you want proof of Hill's mastery at this early stage in his career, just look at the publishing history. The Grafton edition of 1987 was reprinted six times, and it's never been out of print since.
Intricately plotted and peopled with an engaging cast of characters (How Hill would wince at those two cliches!) - the book grabbed me by the collar as firmly as Dalziel would nab a pickpocket, for it opens with a quote from my other favourite author - Marcus Aurelius. And that's all I'm letting on for now...
Introduces the marvellous Sgt Edgar Wield, a character that becomes a part of the whole series from this one opn.
Read the series from the start and when you get here, it starts to grip you! Beware, you'll be hooked!
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The characters are beautifully drawn enabling the reader to visualise people and situations in the story. Loved reading it.Published 12 months ago by ed.scot