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Reginald Hill - The Collaborators
on 31 October 2005
This old, republished novel from Hill may surprise many of his fans who only know him through his Dalziel and Pascoe series (though, as he likes to point out, they only constitute half his actual authorial output). A novel of wartime in Paris, it's completely different from almost every other book of his that's readily available. Different in everything but style, adeptness at drawing character, and excellence.
The Collaborators is an intelligent, moving, challenging novel that questions the nature of personal loyalties during war-time. It's written with Hill's usual style, married to a great understanding of human behaviour in times of great trial, and with sly traces of humour (though it's less obvious than some of his most recent D&P novels). Taking place over a period of about 6 years, it may be 450+ hardback pages, but it moves very quickly, and there's never a dull moment. The characters and their complicated relationships, with others and themselves, are extremely well done. It's very different, but very good.