The Wood Beyond (Dalziel & Pascoe, Book 14) Paperback – 25 Jun 2009
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‘These novels last, like a grand malt whisky’
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‘One of Britain’s most consistently excellent crime novelists’
‘One of the masters of the modern police procedural’
'Hill’s wit is the constant, ironic foil to his vision, and to call this a mere crime novel is to say Everest is a nice little hill.' (The Mail on Sunday)
'One of Britain’s most consistently excellent crime novelists.' (The Times)
'One of the masters of the modern police procedural.' (The Sunday Telegraph)
'Richly woven and sublimely written, contrasting crimes and deceptions both ancient and modern.' (The Daily Telegraph)
'This is as good as the English detective novel gets.' (GQ) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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This is an ambitious work; Hill clearly intends to transcend the police procedural genre, and includes a parallel story set in the ghastly killing fields of Passchendaele in the Great War that dovetails with the present-day police investigation that is the nominal subject of the book. It must be said that the interwoven story of Pascoe's ancestor (who shares his name) strains credulity; it's a literary construct that doesn't really come off.
But who cares? Hill as a writer is otherwise at the top of his game. It's full of witty dialogue (if only people in life -- myself included -- could set off such a string of verbal firecrackers, how much more entertaining our daily round would be!). Dalziel's Yorkshire dialect is a constant source of delight: I hope expressions like "nowt," "tha's," "lass," et al. aren't dying out. And as usual, the characters, especially the detectives and Pascoe's wife Ellie, are drawn in psychological depth.
The novel can be enjoyed as pure entertainment. But, notwithstanding the parallel story's unlikelihood, it offers a window into the ungodly horrors of life in the trenches in 1917 and the savagery of military "justice" in the British army of the time.
Author Reginald Hill is as skilled as they come in creating colorful characters and intricate and multidimensional plots. "The Wood Beyond" has both in spades, but particularly a story line to rival the best of Hills' other work and far out in front of the average mystery potboiler. "The Wood Beyond" takes both Andy Dalziel and Peter Pascoe into deeply personal territory as the book examines a modern crime linked to a terrible injustice that took place before, during and after World War I. Indeed, Hill has laudably climbed on a soapbox here to once more expose in the most articulate way how senseless a slaughter that conflict it was.
"The Wood Beyond" gives the series principals Dalziel, Peter Pascoe, Ellie Pascoe, and Edgar Wield plenty of personal time while unwinding the mystery of a body found while animal rights activists are invading a medical research facility on a liberation mission. The story will eventually uncover corporate misdeeds, additional murders and mayhem and a major shock for DCI Pascoe relating to his family history.
This is one of Hill's best and mysteries don't get much better than that. Highly recommended.
It's been an interesting and worthwhile experience, but I wasn't particularly moved to write a review until I got to The Wood Beyond (one I had read before but had almost completely forgotten). In reading this one, I discovered something significant in my enjoyment of the series: the less Dalziel and Pascoe figure in a particular novel, the better I like that novel--by a huge margin. That discovery surprised me a lot, so I came here to write about it.
Of the 14 books I've gotten through so far, my two favorites are Deadheads and Pictures of Perfection. In thinking about why I like those two so much, I first thought it was because they have very unconventional endings, which I won't go into here so as not to spoil them for people who haven't read them yet. But when I read The Wood Beyond immediately after finishing Pictures of Perfection (since it was the next novel published), I saw at once what the real difference is: Dalziel and Pascoe hardly appear at all in Pictures, but The Wood is full of them.
The problem for me is that even at their best those two characters are only marginally interesting, and they get to be tedious pretty fast.Read more ›
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another good read from a good author with the added twist of Dalziel and PascoePublished 18 months ago by colin
How do I begin, I can't! This plot is so far fetched that it must take a strange imagination to think of it, I personally wouldn't recommend it, and perhaps I maybe in the minority... Read morePublished on 9 April 2013 by dk
Have bought the entire Dalziel and Pascoe series for husband who enjoys the stories and characters.Published on 6 Jan. 2010 by Mrs. S. J. Hodgson