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Publisher's Summary

Andy Dalziel was preoccupied with the illegal book that one of his Sergeants was running on who was to be appointed as the new Chief Constable...and how to make sure his own bet paid off. But when a battered Ford Escort containing one very dead Italian turned up in the police car park, Peter Pascoe and his bloated superior were plunged into an investigation that made internal police politics look like child's play.
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Critic Reviews

"A nicely plotted, smoothly written mystery on the top rung of the genre." (Publishers Weekly)
"Narrator Colin Buchanan...brings a wealth of experience to his reading. His Dalziel is as close to Dalziel as a reader can get." (AudioFile)

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  • Geoff
  • Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 02-08-06

Fabulous

Warning: These Dalziel & Pascoe books are highly addictive!
Reginald Hill writes in a very down to earth refreshing manner and Colin Buchanan paints in 3D and you?re centre stage.
In three years with Audible I have never ?read? a book so quickly....Bravo.....More!!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Jolly Good

This is my first book by Reginald Hill and I can't wait to hear more. The storyline was not only intriguing but witty. Perhaps other reviewers were confused by the many characters and quick banter. Being from the United States, I am not familiar with all the terms and slang from the UK and I had to listen more closely to understand what was being said. But it was well worth it. The English humor was enhanced by the narrator's varied English accents and nuances. I can't imagine having enjoyed this book as much if I had read it. Definitely a good listen!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • G. Steyn
  • Newton, MA United States
  • 10-18-09

Very good mysery

Reginald Hill writes very good mysteries, and his writing would get 4 stars from me. But Colin Buchanan's narration raises it an extra notch -- I find that even when I'm reading some of the books on paper, I have his Dalziel's voice in my head.

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one of the best stories & performances ever

so far, the best of the P & D novels and/or this genre - especially dear to my heart for the "coming out" story

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3 and a half really

I find it hard to give a four rating for a book that is simply enjoyable and well written as a book should be from a writer as prolific as Hill. Just as I find it hard to give a 2 for a book that is just okay.

This story was better than average, well written with fleshed out characters and a good not overly obvious plot. I never drifted off, but never found myself blocking everything out and listening until I absolutely had to pause. I would definitely recommend the book and will try others in the series.

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  • Scott
  • Durban, South Africa
  • 07-22-18

Child’s play by Reginald Hill

Excellent as always.
Colin Buchanan is the perfect narrater. He keeps an even pace avoiding hystrionics. Easy listening . Allows the story primacy. He does the characters and accents without melodrama
Reginald Hill is full of interesting asides and little narratives that conjure up the natives, the countryside and echo common human experience.
He has a delightful wit and a high standard of humour and choice of reference.
Violence is never gratuitously overdone.
Some thrillers leave a bad taste in the mouth as though the reader has partaken vicariously in the depravity and cruelty
Hill’ characters are believable. The reader can empathize with them.
Without too much of a stretch he could rate as a Thomas Hardy of crime fiction
His storytelling ability and plots are engaging
and hold the attention from start to finish

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  • Dean
  • Kingscote, SA, Australia
  • 07-13-05

First rate

Top of the shelf writing and narration.

6 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Too many unnecessary plot lines

I found this to be very confusing and boring. I've enjoyed many books that have several plot lines that smoothly come together (The Egyptologist, Prey series), but this one was off track. This story seemed to have an amateur feel to it. Why did the author give the life history and political ambition of each character no matter how minor they were? Too much unnecessary information. Even when the plot lines attempted to merge, they were unbelievable and far-fetched. This is the first book I have heard (or read) by this author and am guessing that some of the others are better as this author is popular. Even with only 45 minutes left to listen to, I really don't care if I finish it or not.

4 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • G. Ryan
  • 09-17-07

Nice book ...

... shame about the narration. I did enjoy this book and finished it, but was regularly rewinding to catch all of the diction from the narrators very fast reading of this book. I'd definitely read another Dalziel abnd Pascoe, who were both evocatively written, but would prefer a different reader. Might just be me ...

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  • winny
  • 03-02-15

More of the same

If you enjoy Dalziel and Pascoe on TV you'll love this, and Colin Buchannon gives a bravura performance as Peter Pascoe, Dalziel and Wieldy during the reading.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful