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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (23 Dec. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491573597
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491573594
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,919,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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'
Ian Rankin

'One of Britain's most consistently excellent crime novelists' The Times

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'One of the modern masters of the police procedural ... So far out in front that he need not bother looking over his shoulder.' (The Sunday Telegraph)

'He is probably the best living male crime writer in the English-speaking world.' (The Independent)

'One of Britain's most consistently excellent crime novelists.' (The Times)

'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)

'Reginald Hill's novels are really dances to the music of time, his heroes and villains interconnecting, their stories intertwining.' (Ian Rankin) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Nov. 2000
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I love the humanity of the relationship between Dalziel and Pascoe, full of flaws yet still endearing. This book was somewhat disjointed however, and the threads of the story don't interweave as seamlessly as normal. I didn't find it very believable, but Hill under par is still better than many writers at their best.
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If you are looking for a book and don't want to put it down! Then this should be the top of your list.It is a brilliant work of art by Reginald Hill.The characters of Dalziel and Pascoe work well, but in this book the focus is on Pascoe.Finding that their friends have been killed and life will not be quite the same from that moment.Pascoe works it out and the ending was just perfect. A book that you will never tirer of.Highly recomended.
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Great writing as usual by Reginald Hill. It's all there humour, scenic descriptions etc as Dalziel and Pascoe set out to try to solve shocking murders that are very close to home.
Hill at his best.
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By FictionFan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 May 2016
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Peter Pascoe and his girlfriend, Ellie Soper, are off for a weekend break to visit old university friends now living in the village of Thornton Lacey. But when they get there, they are met with tragedy – three of their friends lie dead from shotgun wounds and the fourth, Colin, is missing. Not surprisingly, Colin immediately becomes the chief suspect, but neither Peter nor Ellie can bring themselves to believe he could have done such a horrific thing. Meantime, back in Mid-Yorkshire, Dalziel wants Peter back as soon as possible, since they are in the middle of a major investigation of a string of burglaries that seems to be escalating into violence.

First published in 1973, this is the third book in the Dalziel and Pascoe series, and shows a big leap in the development of some of the characters. Pascoe has changed out of all recognition from the rather commonplace young man of the first book, A Clubbable Woman. He's now showing the intelligence and sensitivity that make him such an enjoyable character, both in his own right and as a contrast to the brash and arrogant Dalziel. Dalziel still has some way to go in terms of development – he's still not quite the larger than life figure he will become. I can't quite put my finger on what's missing in his character so far, but am looking forward to spotting it as the series progresses. I think it may be his touch of omniscience, or that he hasn't quite fully become the 'big fish in a small pond' of later books.

Ellie, too, has developed a good deal from the last book, An Advancement of Learning, but is also not yet fully the Ellie of the middle and later ones. With her character, Hill gets away from the, to modern eyes, outdated portrayal of women as little more than sexual temptresses that he gave us in the first book.
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As my old English teacher once said to me, there's too many characters! Really struggled to keep track of who was who & had to keep flicking back. Less of Dalziel so not as funny as some of his other books. But as someone else said, at less than 100% he still beats most others. Only recently found Hill & he's quite simply one of the best writers I've read. For someone new to him I'd personally recommend Bones & Silence as this was the novel that hooked me. The more I read the more impressed I am.
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Third of the Dalziel and Pascoe books. At the end of the last book Peter Pascoe had got back together with old flame Ellie, and now they're invited to spend a weekend with four of their old university friends. They're late because Peter's been tied up with a serial burglary case that looks as if it's escalating to violence.

What they find when they finally arrive is a scene of carnage. Three people are dead, the fourth is missing in circumstances that lead the local police to make him chief suspect. Pascoe's involvement in the case is officially as a witness, but he can't help but get involved in the investigation, even if unofficially. These are his friends, after all, and he can't believe that one of them could really have changed so much as to commit murder. As the case progresses, Pascoe finds his ambiguous status of use to the official investigation, but an ever increasing source of frustration for himself. And Dalziel wants him back in Yorkshire, the more urgently because the burglary case has turned very nasty indeed.

The nature of the plot means that the book focuses strongly on Pascoe, with Dalziel largely present as a supporting role. It nevertheless shows the growth in the relationship between the two men, in a story that twists and turns until the various plot strands finally come together. This is a superb study of a policeman struggling and frequently failing to retain his professional detachment in the face of a crime that strikes only too close to home.
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Good story line. I like this author as he is very imaginative and he does his research well. Would definitely recommend to anyone liking mysteries
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