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Death's Jest-book

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  • Hardback | 640 pages
  • AudioGO Limited
  • Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
  • Bath, United Kingdom
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type edition
  • 0754018806
  • 9780754018803

Review Text

There can be few in Britain who do not recognize the names of detective duo Dalziel and Pascoe, whether from Hill's many previous novels featuring Yorkshire's finest, or from the successful television series based on the books. Like other partnerships of their genre - Sherlock and Watson, Morse and Lewis - the stories' enduring success relies on the interplay between the characters as much as the plot itself, but unlike Watson or Lewis, Pascoe is far more than a foil for his superior's brilliance, his cerebral approach and his marriage to socially conscious Ellie contrasting with Dalziel's blunt political incorrectness and relationship with the earthy Cap Marvell. Here Pascoe's old nemesis, the convict-turned-academic Franny Roote, is back, inveigling his way into the detective's mind with a picaresque series of letters documenting his adventures globe-trotting between conferences and various comely conquests. The loose ends that Hill deliberately left unresolved at the end of this book's predecessor, Dialogues of the Dead, are still hanging over the force, and Dalziel is too preoccupied with the fear that his actions at the gory denouement of the Wordman murder case will come under the scrutiny of an investigative reporter to spare any sympathy for Pascoe's fears over Roote. Meanwhile, the hapless Hat Bowler has been sucked into a doomed romantic involvement with the last victim of the Wordman killer, and Edgar Wield's relationship looks threatened by his paternal interest in a vulnerable young rent-boy. All these various plots run loosely alongside one another until they are drawn together in a dramatic climax, all beautifully packaged in Hill's trademark erudite style, complete with the classical and literary references that his fans enjoy spotting. It is inevitable that, with a long-running series like this, that there will be some books that are better than others, but it is hard to imagine Hill's acolytes having many complaints about this one, and if any new readers are tempted to start reading Hill, this is as good a place to start as any. (Kirkus UK)show more