This is the first novel in the Dalziel and Pascoe series, which was made into a hugely popular BBC TV serial....
Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband....
Mark Randall lay dead in a field near Lowacre long before Smith had done what he had to do in Belfast....
Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond is the last detective: a genuine gumshoe, committed to door-stopping and deduction rather than fancy computer gadgetry....
When a four-year-old child is abducted from an Essex kindergarten, Detective Inspector Dog Cicero soon....
Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross....
"One of Britain's most consistantly excellent crime novelists." (The Times [London])
"[Colin Buchanan's] Peter Pascoe is perfect. His Dalziel also sounds just right....In fact, all of the characters are entirely believable and distinctly individual, from blue-collar Yorkshire to educated lady." (AudioFile)
No question, this is quintessential Reginald Hill. I like Dalziel and Pascoe novels because of the interaction between characters, as well as the non-interaction. Not just anybody can write a conversation, but most of the really good writers still can't write two story lines about the same story. Hill can. He takes Pascoe down a path, parallel to his loving wife. She's not investigating, but she uncovers things, in just normal conversation, that, if Peter only knew, could solve the puzzle, or at least could lead him to a solution. This case is no exception. Fat Andy even resolves more of the matter, while at a seminar at the Yard.
The reader is brilliant. I can see the characters speaking, without having to hear "Pascoe said," or "the Fat Elf replied." He definitely has an ear for accents.
So why do I rate it 3, instead of 5? I'm not satisfied with the end of the case. I won't spoil it, but I was less than satisfied with the justice of it all. I know that real life detectives don't always find justice in a neat, clean package. I also know that the ending won't stop me from reading more of the series; I've selected the other title that Audible has and will gladly listen to any more they offer. If you're thinking of this as your first intro to Dalziel and Pascoe, enjoy it for the interaction, the background painting, the descriptions (Wieldy's ugly face is superb!). Maybe read another first, and go back to this as a background piece, to fill in the history. Just don't quit because it's less than Hill's best.
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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!!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Another brilliant combination between author and narrator.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
I've read a number of the Reginald Hill books and found them more interesting and more demanding than the TV series - more enjoyable too. This audio book is very good. Nothing is lost as the format is unabridged, allowing chapter toppings of quotations etc to be included. The reading with the acted voices is excellent. Sometimes it demands a level of concentration which you wouldn't need with a book where you can always flick back a few pages to check a detail. Definitely a positive recommendation for this version.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
How things have changed in ten years as this book contains some racist opinions and language that people may find offensive now, however, I am old enough to remember that this was how people thought and spoke of different races and cultures. This was not central to the story and despite bad opinions of the "Fat Man" he sticks up for the officer in question.
Good story line and well narrated. A worthwhile listen.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful