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What I love about Reginald Hill's Dalziel books is that they flout the usual conventions of British police procedurals. Usually, it's the brilliant/world weary DCI and the young/bumbling/earnest partner. In this series, though, it's the partner, Pascoe, who's thoughtful and refined and the mentor, Dalziel, who's coarse, two-fisted and (seemingly) lazy.
But THE DEATH OF DALZIEL takes this series to a new level. Here, Pascoe gets to be center stage as his partner lays dying. But Dalziel stills looms large (both physically and spiritually). Though Dalziel remains comatose, we are invited into his inner world, and we find it's a much more complex place than we imagined.
As always, Shaun Dooley's narration is impeccable; this book is less active than others in the series, yet Dooley manages to keep the pace moving.
If you haven't had the Dalziel experience, this is a fine place to start.
20 of 20 people found this review helpful
If you are a fan of this series then this is a story you will enjoy. The narration is excellent as usual and the characters contain all their usual 'charm'. The plot is fast moving although it may not contain as many strings as is usual. The terrorism topic is dealt with in both a human and sensible way. As a new reader of this series it would not be a bad place to start
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
one of the best Dalziel & Pascoe novels so far! A formidable example of Hill's gritty, witty, style made all that much better by Sean Dooley's reading. He must surely be one of the best reders around!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This is a really gripping book, made even more so by the unsurpassable narration of Shaun Dooley. He is a master of different accents, and there are indeed many in this book. I thoroughly recommend this good "read" but, once started, remember to listen to it every day in order not to forget the intricacies of the plot!
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