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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (29 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000733477X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007334773
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘The plot is splendidly intricate and involving’
Sunday Times

‘The most varied, clever and enjoyable crime writer we have’
Sunday Telegraph

‘Few writers in the genre today have Hill’s gifts: formidable intelligence, quick humour, compassion and a prose style that blends elegance and grace’
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When policemen remove their hats, they do not bring good news. The bare-headed policeman on Trudi Adamson’s doorstep brought the worst news possible – her husband Trent has been burned to death in a freak car accident.

Suddenly a widow after years of marriage, Trudi finds herself alone, unprovided for and increasingly aware of her ignorance of her late husband’s world. Why had he resigned from his job without telling her? Where was all his money? And more terrifying still: is he really dead? As shock piles on shock, Trudi is forced to re-examine her belief in Trent, and ultimately in herself. Compelled to leave the cosy nest of her old life, she is out in the open and fighting for her very survival…

ACCLAIM FOR REGINALD HILL

“Few writers in the genre today have Hill’s gifts: a formidable intelligence, quick humour, compassion and a prose style that blends elegance and grace”
DONNA LEON, 'Sunday Times'

“Reginald Hill stands head and shoulders above any other writer of homebred crime fiction”
TOM HINEY, 'Observer'

“Hill is first and foremost an instinctive and complete novelist who is blessed with aspontaneous storytelling gift”
FRANCES FYFIELD, 'Mail on Sunday'

“The real genius of Hill is his ability to weave several plots into a single brilliant pattern … Reginald Hill’s novels are really dances to the music of time”
IAN RANKIN, 'Scotland on Sunday'

“Retire Morse and hire any deft whodunit by Reginald Hill”

BOYD TONKIN, 'Independent'

“The finest male contemporary crime writer. Compassionate, intelligent and entertaining”
VAL MCDERMID, 'Manchester Evening News'

“Read him”
JOHN LENNARD, 'London Review of Books'

FIRST PUBLISHED AS A PATRICK RUELL NOVEL

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What a treat! Maybe some people might the plot was easy to spot. But to be sure: I couldn't put it down for the life of me. Specially on a cold and wintry evening, Trudi's adventure makes you feel all warm inside. Everything's not lost for everyone, there's hope for us mice. Somehow, someday, we also can show ourselves from quite an unexpected side. Maybe this book doesn't contain the most profound display of character, but to me, a good story, with a main character you can relate to, does it every time.
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The book I read was a standalone by this excellent crime novelist and the dormouse was the main character Trudi, a woman who has lost her husband and finds that she has to become a very different person as she finds out all sorts of unexpected things about him. As she does this she becomes a very different person from the dormouse which is how she and others previously saw her. The couple have only just moved to Sheffield but they had lived in Vienna and the book moves between the two locations. Trudi's best friend starts to help her unravel what has happened but then Trudi becomes aware that she, and all the other people she meets, may not be trustworthy. Being alone in a new city, not trusting anyone and uncovering secrets makes Trudi isolated and that makes her even more fearful - she has to overcome all of these things to stop being the dormouse of the title.

The book is a bit dated but expertly plotted, and you would expect nothing less from Reginald Hill. It was a reasonably quick read but certainly not a predictable one. It is by no means my favourite of his books but I did enjoy it.
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An interesting book. A who-dun-it where you know who dun it, you think, but you can never be sure; a story where the hero is the villain, perhaps. Not the run-of-the-mill detective story, and absorbing and entertaining. My wife bought it, thought it was very good, and passed it on to me. Well worth a punt.
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Rather to my surprise I enjoyed this old Reginald Hill.

Trudi (the retiring dormouse), having mainly lived abroad with her husband, moves to Sheffield and he is killed in a car crash. It then transpires that he seems to have left little money and was a bit of a mystery man.

She meets up with an old friend and start looking into things. People appear (her husband's boss and secretary), she gets a job. They discover a lot of money in a hidden account, and a body in a cottage that her husband owned. Both immediately disappear.
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Characters keep cropping up: are they genuine? Can they be trusted?

Drugs, organised crime and Vienna the end of the war are all elements.

It is all a bit old-fashioned but enjoyable (it reminded me of those Francis Durbridge things that used to be on TV).
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I passed this on to someone else and they loved it. Personally I found it a bit too simply written, predictable and 2 dimensional for my tastes, just a preference thing though, the person I passed it on to is now a lifelong fan of Mr Hill. Found the main character a bit unlikely and some of the shenanigans a bit farcical and unrealistic.
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Un-put-down-able. Reginald Hill knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat! If you love his Dalziel and Pascoe novels you will love this. This is a thriller of the highest order. Couldn't wait to get to the end, but wished for more.
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Really enjoyed this book. Lots of twists and turns. Bit long for me personally I got confused in the end. Nevertheless, love the way Reginald Hill writes - would buy more of this author.
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very cleverly thought out, some characters surprising. At times it was quite disturbing but gripping and the end was satisfying
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