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

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Publisher Comments:

Award-winning author Reginald Hill returns with a stunning new novel featuring his popular Yorkshire policemen Dalziel and Pascoe.

Caught in the full 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.

His colleague, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe, is determined to bring those responsible to justice. Pascoe suspects a group called The Templars, and the deeper he digs, the more certain he is that The Templars are getting help from within the police force.

The plot is complex, the pace fast, the jokes furious, the action explosive, the characterization vivid, and the climax astounding. And above it all, like a huge dirigible 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 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:

"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:

"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

Review:

"It's proof of Hill's skill as a writer that the reader believes not only that Dalziel's life genuinely hangs in the balance, but also that Hill is not manipulating our readerly anxieties merely to ratchet up the suspense....His ruminations lend depth to this already smart and immensely enjoyable novel." The Washington Post Book World

Synopsis:

Caught in the full blast of a huge explosion, Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel lies near death in a hospital bed. His colleague, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe, is determined to bring those responsible to justice.

Synopsis:

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 . . .

Chief constables might come and chief constables might go, but Fat Andy went on forever.

Barreling his way into an investigation of possible terrorist activities, Superintendent Andy Dalziel is caught in the blast of a huge explosion at a video shop—and only "Fat Andy's" considerable bulk prevents his colleague, Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe, from suffering a similar fate. Now Dalziel lies on a hospital bed barely clinging to life, while Pascoe remains determined to find those responsible.

But the truth is not always cut-and-dried, and sometimes those who are sworn to terror's destruction are even more dangerous than the foe they wish to annihilate.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060821432
Author:
Hill, Reginald
Publisher:
Harper
Author:
by Reginald Hill
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Police
Subject:
England
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Dalziel, andrew (fictitious character)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market PB
Series:
Dalziel and Pascoe Mysteries
Publication Date:
February 2008
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
6.82x4.19x1.21 in. .47 lbs.

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Product details 448 pages Harper - English 9780060821432 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 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 , "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 , "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."
"Review" by , "It's proof of Hill's skill as a writer that the reader believes not only that Dalziel's life genuinely hangs in the balance, but also that Hill is not manipulating our readerly anxieties merely to ratchet up the suspense....His ruminations lend depth to this already smart and immensely enjoyable novel."
"Synopsis" by , Caught in the full blast of a huge explosion, Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel lies near death in a hospital bed. His colleague, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe, is determined to bring those responsible to justice.
"Synopsis" by ,

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 . . .

Chief constables might come and chief constables might go, but Fat Andy went on forever.

Barreling his way into an investigation of possible terrorist activities, Superintendent Andy Dalziel is caught in the blast of a huge explosion at a video shop—and only "Fat Andy's" considerable bulk prevents his colleague, Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe, from suffering a similar fate. Now Dalziel lies on a hospital bed barely clinging to life, while Pascoe remains determined to find those responsible.

But the truth is not always cut-and-dried, and sometimes those who are sworn to terror's destruction are even more dangerous than the foe they wish to annihilate.

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