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on 3 January 2011
I had never read anything by Reginald Hill before and I was thoroughly entertained by this mystery thriller set in England between 2008 and 2018. The fact that part of the book is set in the future is purely to have the financial crisis of 2008 as the start point and the subsequent events need a number of years to pan out and so do not get put off if you do not like science fiction. The initial setting centres on Wolf (Sir Wilfred Hadda) who in 2008 is framed on both Child Pornography and Fraud charges. Wolf is a fascinating enigmatic character and carries the readers interest. This easy to read action packed thriller is very contemporary and mixes a variety of intriguing characters from the bright young psychiatrist Elf(Alva), the Glaswegian private detective Davy McLucky, the haughty Aristocratic Kira, the suave highly succeessful lawyer Toby and the mysterious JC (and, as another reviewer has mentioned, the devilishly fiendish dog Sneck). The humorous banter between the young vicar Hollins and Wolf I found especially endearing and humanised Wolf who otherwise seemed like a modern day Superman. My one and significant quibble was the preposterous events on Pillar Rock at the end where Reginald Hill's imagination took so many twists that it made it all seem too farcical.
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