Three times DCI Pascoe has wrongly accused deadpan joker Franny Roote. This time he’s determined to leave no gravestone unturned as he tries to prove that the ex-con and aspiring academic is mad, bad, and dangerous to know. But over his investigation looms the huge form of DS Andy Dalziel.
©2003 Reginald Hill (P)2005 W.F. Howes Ltd
I have listened to many Reginald Hill novels and this is one of the most complex. At least it is the most complex of the Dalziel and Pascoe series.Stories within stories, "Death's Jest-Book" keeps the reader riveted to his/her headset not sure what is going to happen next. Pascoe is obsessed with ex-con now academic Franny Roote (how's that for a name), "Weildie" struggles with his concern (love) for a male prostitute police informer, DC Bowler finds a new girl of his dreams with dreadful consequences, Then add to this maelstrom crooked lawyers, strange investigative journalists and sexy women and you begin to sense the nature and depth of this book. I didn't read the prequel "Dialogues of the Dead" but from what other commentators say, it helps the reader understand and appreciate 'Jest-Book'. However, I still found this one of Hill's best books. Shaun Dooley also does a marvelous job transforming the myriad of characters to life.
"Disappointed and bored"
I had read the Woodcutter previously and thoroughly enjoyed it, I am not convinced it is a boring book or the narrator's voice is more 'soothing' than 'narrative', but I find my mind wandering and I have been unable to listen to the book for more than 5 mins at a time, unfortunately this book is not for me, and it could be purely that alone - the narrator does a good job with accents etc, but I've only read quarter of it and have decided to return it.
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