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A Cure for All Diseases
A Cure for All Diseases
by Reginald Hill
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hill at his best, 18 May 2008
This book is really beautiful. I am a great Hill fan, and I found here all his best qualities: irony, depth, great writing, great characters, ambiguity, experimentation, great literary culture, total creative freedom, and a supreme sense of human contradictory values.

Moreover, it's really a pleasure to hear Dalziel's voice "directly": although it seems really impossible, his character is definitely still growing, demonstrating that he is one of the best literary creation in modern fiction.

This book is a perfect companion to "The death of Dalziel", which it continues and completes. I am really looking forward to reading the announced new "Joe Sixsmith" book!


Arms and the Women
Arms and the Women
by Reginald Hill
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new Dalziel and Pascoe gem from Reginald Hill, 7 Jan. 2001
This review is from: Arms and the Women (Paperback)
The stunning characteristic of Reginald Hill's books, especially the Dalziel and Pascoe series, is that the characters and the plot have always been the pretext (although a wonderful pretext) for variuos literary reinventions of different genres which were, at the same time, perfect vehicles for both Mr. Hill's deep view of human life, and his wonderful humour. So he has given us his fascinating view of hell in Underworld, his personal imperfect utopia in Pictures of perfection, and his icy figuration of war and destiny in The wood beyond. This is once more true of Arms and the women, where a complex spy story, in the line of his Patrick Ruell books, is strictly interwoven with the everyday life of the characters (with Ellie Pascoe dominationg above all), a serious and original speculation on the condition of women, and a very personal, funny and beautiful reinterpretation of classic greek and roman heritage, in particular the Iliad, Odissey and Aeneid. Hill's writing is more precious, intense and dense than ever, and, although the book may not have the dramatic strength of The wood beyond, it is nonetheless more complex, fascinating and enjoyable. And Andy Dalziel in the unusual role of Ulysses is pure delight!


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