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Death Comes for the Fat Man (Dalziel and Pascoe Mysteries)

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ISBN13: 9780060820824
ISBN10: 0060820829
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There was no sign of life. But not for a second did Pascoe admit the possibility of death. Dalziel was indestructible. Dalziel is, and was, and forever shall be, world without end, amen. Everybody knew that. Therein lay half his power. Chief constables might come and chief constables might go, but Fat Andy went on forever.

Caught in the blast of a huge explosion, Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel lies on a hospital bed, with only a life support system and his indomitable will between him and the Great Beyond. Meanwhile, his colleague, Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe, is determined to find those responsible.

Ignoring his own injuries, the advice of his friends, and the pleas of his wife, Pascoe follows a winding trail to the Templars, a mysterious group that believes the only way to fight terrorism is through terror. Where the arm of the law cannot reach, their work begins. Soon Pascoe comes to suspect that they may have support and sympathy in high places, from men ready to accept the death of a policeman or of any other innocent bystander as regrettable but unavoidable collateral damage.

From the streets of Manchester to the Yorkshire countryside, Pascoe searches for the truth. And above it all, like a huge zeppelin threatening to break from its moorings, hovers the disembodied spirit of Andy Dalziel.

Review:

"Hill, who has created and artfully guided the destinies of Yorkshire policemen Det. Supt. Andy Dalziel (aka 'the Fat Man') and his DCI Peter Pascoe through 22 remarkable adventures, doesn't give anything away until the very last page of this excellent mystery (after 2004's Good Morning, Midnight). Only then do we learn whether or not the bomb blast that starts the story marks the end of Dalziel's life. As the Fat Man lies comatose in his hospital bed, the shrewd and usually diplomatic Pascoe — who was also injured in the blast, but saved by his colleague's bulk — takes on some of Dalziel's troublesome tenacity (as well as a touch of his saltier language) as he forces his way onto the team of antiterrorism specialists looking into the incident. The terrorists appear to be linked to an obscure branch of the historic Knights Templar, and Hill's perfect pitch (especially for the short, pithy details of dialogue and character description) carries the story through all sorts of villains — some of whom are even directly connected to the cops." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Hill, returning to his long-running series after a crossover break (The Stranger House, 2005), produces a work as richly satisfying as steak-and-kidney pudding." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Followers of the Dalziel-Pascoe series will find it particularly suspenseful as they wait to see whether the inimitably crotchety Fat Man will come out of his coma. A satisfying, well-plotted entry in a popular series; recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"Hill delivers his usual bundle of literary treats....Characters major and minor march boldly through the dense plot, confident of being remembered for their singular personalities and inexhaustible verbal resources..." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"The procedural elements are fairly dull this time, with the miscreants identified too quickly. This is definitely a lesser entry in the series, but Dalziel and Pascoe remain among the most popular coppers in the genre." Booklist

Synopsis:

Award-winning author Hill returns with an explosive new novel featuring his popular Yorkshire policemen Andy Dalziel and Peter Pascoe.

About the Author

Reginald Hill has been widely published in both England and the United States. He received Britain's most coveted mystery writers' award, the Cartier Diamond Dagger, as well as the Golden Dagger for his Dalziel-Pascoe series. He lives with his wife in Cumbria, England.

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Madam Pince, April 13, 2007 (view all comments by Madam Pince)
I was so moved by this, the latest in the Dalziel-Pascoe series, that I had a hard time moving on after the story ended. Focusing on the cops rather than the robbers makes this a moving addition to the series.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060820824
Publisher:
Harper
Subject:
Police
Author:
by Reginald Hill
Author:
Hill, Reginald
Subject:
England
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Suspense
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Dalziel and Pascoe Mysteries
Series Volume:
23
Publication Date:
20070313
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.29 in 22.16 oz

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Product details 416 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780060820824 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Hill, who has created and artfully guided the destinies of Yorkshire policemen Det. Supt. Andy Dalziel (aka 'the Fat Man') and his DCI Peter Pascoe through 22 remarkable adventures, doesn't give anything away until the very last page of this excellent mystery (after 2004's Good Morning, Midnight). Only then do we learn whether or not the bomb blast that starts the story marks the end of Dalziel's life. As the Fat Man lies comatose in his hospital bed, the shrewd and usually diplomatic Pascoe — who was also injured in the blast, but saved by his colleague's bulk — takes on some of Dalziel's troublesome tenacity (as well as a touch of his saltier language) as he forces his way onto the team of antiterrorism specialists looking into the incident. The terrorists appear to be linked to an obscure branch of the historic Knights Templar, and Hill's perfect pitch (especially for the short, pithy details of dialogue and character description) carries the story through all sorts of villains — some of whom are even directly connected to the cops." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Hill, returning to his long-running series after a crossover break (The Stranger House, 2005), produces a work as richly satisfying as steak-and-kidney pudding."
"Review" by , "Followers of the Dalziel-Pascoe series will find it particularly suspenseful as they wait to see whether the inimitably crotchety Fat Man will come out of his coma. A satisfying, well-plotted entry in a popular series; recommended."
"Review" by , "Hill delivers his usual bundle of literary treats....Characters major and minor march boldly through the dense plot, confident of being remembered for their singular personalities and inexhaustible verbal resources..."
"Review" by , "The procedural elements are fairly dull this time, with the miscreants identified too quickly. This is definitely a lesser entry in the series, but Dalziel and Pascoe remain among the most popular coppers in the genre."
"Synopsis" by , Award-winning author Hill returns with an explosive new novel featuring his popular Yorkshire policemen Andy Dalziel and Peter Pascoe.
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