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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
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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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By Nesrine on 03-01-07

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.

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By Sonny on 08-11-10

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!

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By Mark on 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 !

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6 of 8 people found this review helpful


By Amazon Customer on 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.
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.

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