Ruling Passion (Dalziel & Pascoe) MP3 CD – Audiobook, 23 Dec 2014
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'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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Hill at his best.
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 With her character, Hill gets away from the, to modern eyes, outdated portrayal of women as little more than sexual temptresses that he gave us in the first book.Read more ›
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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A good, entertaining story which kept interest throughout. Was able to keep one guessing until near the end.Published 7 months ago by L.H. Lane