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Publisher's Summary

Three times Detective Chief Inspector Pascoe has wrongly accused dead-pan 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 Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel.
© Reginald Hill; (P) W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Clever, involving, and admirably resolved. No one does it better than Hill." (The Guardian)
"Reginald Hill is probably the best living crime writer in the English-speaking world." (The Independent)

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engrossing attention-getter

Riveting, excellent character development. Engrossing with well-written literary story line. DI Pascoe and his family, relationships with friends and many questions I've had over the years are finally clearly delineated. Entertaining and satisfying, no loose ends, but an avenue for a continuation.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Pure pleasure

I've now "read" several Dalziel and Pascoe novels and have enjoyed every single one. This one was no exception. The character development was seamless and gave me an intimate sense of each character. While complex, the plot was effectively told. Shaun Dooley is a perfect narrator for these stories - using a unique tone for each character, like watching a play unfold. Kudos to both author and narrator!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Evelyn
  • washington, DC, USA
  • 08-09-08

Hill IS addictive

One of the reviewers who posts here has said repeatedly that listening to HIll's books is addictive and I have come to agree with him. I love listening to these books which continue to have delightful characters. They are also well plotted, humorous, suspenseful and intelligent. The reader of the last three Hill books is one of the VERY best. I wish he would redo some of the books about which other readers have complained. Evelyn

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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confusing without the back story

I did enjoy this, as do all the Dalziel & Pascoe novels, but here it feels like the sequel to a storyline I haven't read, something about an unresolved serial killer (?), and the previous book of the series is unavailable from audible.

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  • Cheryl
  • Long Beach, CA, United States
  • 07-04-08

Tedious in the Extreme

I could hardly get through the first hour of this book. So far it consists of smarmy tedious letters being written to Pascoe by some criminal he helped put away. I can't bear to go on, way too tedious for me. Ugh. What a waste of my credits.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Death's Jest-Book

I did not care for this story at all. I dislike certain filthy words concerning women included in this book. I also dislike the narration by Shaun Dooley.
Wish I had Saved my credit,

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim K
  • Orlando, FL USA
  • 07-08-08

Could not follow the narration

Better read than listen, narrator just lost me.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • 02-07-08

Probably better abridged !

Although the plot was well constructed the story could have been told in around half the pages. This was the first book that I have purchased that I almost gave up on !

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • 08-21-16

Good story ruined by narrator

What did you like best about Death's Jest Book? What did you like least?

As ever Reginald Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe are great, although some passages are ocer long and rambly, made worse by the narrator's rather boring and monotonous voice.<br/>Great if you can't sleep and need something to help you nod off!

What didn’t you like about Shaun Dooley’s performance?

Very boring voice.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Cian
  • 02-21-15

Boring uninteresting First and last by this author

This is my first book by this author and I persevered for several hours trying to get to grip with the story and I cannot
I have to concede defeat I would not pick up another book by this author I would not in any way recommend it
This is my first time listening to this narrator and I found him clear and could say that he gave an excellent narrative I would happily listen to him again
I bought this some time ago from Audible so I cannot get a refund I am very disappointed to have wasted my precious credit

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sally
  • 01-08-13

Where's Dalziel??

I love Reginald Hill's humour, particularly when he is doing the dialogue for Dalziel. The problem is Dalziel seems to appear less and less these days, great shame, he's the best bit

Not a bad listen, but Pascoe can be a bit of a self absorbed drip. He does get very obsessed and side tracked... I think he should be swapping places the gay motor biking sergeant who is far more interesting, and better at the job.

One the hole it wasn't a bad yarn

0 of 1 people found this review helpful