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Midnight Fugue


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Reginald Hill is a native of Cumbria and former resident of Yorkshire, the setting for his novels featuring Superintendent Dalziel and DCI Pascoe. Their appearances have won him numerous awards including a CWA Gold Dagger and Lifetime Achievement award. They have also been adapted into a hugely popular BBC TV series.


Praise for `Midnight Fugue':

`Back on his old form. Witty, wise and welcome' Literary Review

`[Reginald Hill] shows no sign of descending from the high quality of his writing ... Beautifully plotted and intriguingly resolved' Marcel Berlins, The Times

'Fresh and memorable ... It's a witty, wise and warm read, with rich characterisation and emotional depth' Val McDermid, The Times

'A sort of genteel, very funny and extremely well-written version of 24' Telegraph

`A masterly performance ... will deservedly be one of this summer's big bestsellers' Mark Sanderson, Evening Standard

`Hill's ingenuity continues to dazzle' John O'Connell, Guardian

`Midnight Fugue has a clever plot, written without whimsy, and one of the best things in it is Dalziel's sense of his advancing age and its impact on his relationship with Pascoe' The Sunday Times

`As ever it is steeped in a dry, wry wit and accents almost as thick as good gravy on roast beef and Yorkshire is a measure of Hill's masterful grasp that time flies imperceptibly...Hill makes it all look so deceptively simple that it masks a writer on top of his trade' Sunday Express

`Hill's plot is elegantly constructed, and his prose is delectable...Witty, slightly surreal and fundamentally humane, the novel is a welcome addition to one of the best crime series around' Andrew Taylor, Specator

Over the years, Hill has employed interesting-and sometimes jarring-narrative techniques, and the 24th installment (after The Price of Butcher's Meat) in his Yorkshire-set series featuring detectives Andy Dalziel and Pete Pascoe is no exception: the novel takes place in the course of a single day. Dalziel is still adjusting to being back at work after his injuries and long convalescence. He is asked to help Gina Wolfe, wife of long-missing detective Alex Wolfe. Dalziel quickly sees that the case is much more complicated than it appears, and he and the team spend a dizzying day uncovering leads and trying to protect Gina from dangerous characters from Alex's past. Verdict This complicated mystery with great characters and a fast pace will attract Hill's loyal following and fans of British police procedurals. Hill is a very talented wordsmith as well, and his works should appeal to those seeking out well-written, carefully crafted crime novels.-Beth Lindsay, Washington State Univ. Libs., Pullman Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

The short time frame of British author Hill's strong 24th Dalziel and Pascoe procedural (after 2008's The Price of Butcher's Meat) maximizes suspense without sacrificing either characterization or humor. Andy Dalziel, an irascible dinosaur of a police officer who's only just returned to the Mid-Yorkshire force after recovering from a serious injury, is tracked down by Gina Wolfe, whose policeman husband, Alex, has been missing for seven years. Alex disappeared while under investigation by internal affairs, who suspected him of leaking information to a major criminal target. Gina was on the verge of having Alex declared legally dead, until she received a recent magazine photo clearly showing Alex or his double. Dalziel's decision to assist Gina unofficially in finding out what became of Alex leads to his placing a colleague in jeopardy. Numerous subplots don't slow the pace, a testament to Hill's skill in putting all the pieces together. (Oct.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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