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Good Morning, Midnightby Reginald Hill
Synopses & Reviews
Yorkshire's coppers Andy Dalziel and Peter Pascoe are investigating the suicide of prominent businessman Pal Maciver. It seems to be a clear-cut case: he shot himself while sitting at his desk in his locked study.
But things are not quite what they seem. When Pascoe digs deeper, he finds threads going back to another, almost identical death — that of Maciver's father. And even more disturbing: Pascoe's boss, Detective Superintendent Dalziel, was the officer on that case.
With Dalziel checking his every move, Pascoe is forced to lead his own investigation, plunging into the past to uncover truths about the Maciver family, particularly Pal's relationship with his step-mother, the beautiful and enigmatic Kay Kafka. He soon realizes that the implications of Maciver's death stretch far beyond the borders of Yorkshire. And when a key witness — exotic hooker Dolores, "Lady of Pain" — disappears, the death takes on a far more complicated and mysterious face.
"One part traditional English whodunit and one part shadowy corporate thriller, Diamond Dagger winner Hill's 21st Dalziel/Pascoe mystery (after 2003's Death's Jest-Book) weaves a complex and deeply satisfying tale. Pal Maciver is found dead, an apparent suicide, in a locked room of the old family house in Yorkshire. The circumstances mimic the suicide of his father, a former Ashur-Mac corporation executive, 10 years before. A book of Emily Dickinson poems found at the scene may hold clues to both deaths. Called in to investigate, detectives Peter Pascoe and Andy Dalziel find themselves entering an ever-widening and ever more intricate web of relationships. The particulars of some of these relationships hint at murder rather than suicide. Kay Kafka, Pal Maciver's stepmother, is particularly well drawn, a mixture of sadness, salaciousness, possible malice and cool intelligence. As the novel nimbly moves from character to character, it also calls into question the motives of Ashur-Mac, whose arms dealings ring a note of present-day relevance. Throughout, Pascoe and Dalziel are their usual witty, intelligent selves; they continue to be two of the more interesting police detectives in modern crime fiction. The descriptions of Dalziel are particularly fine: 'like a shark dumped in a swimming pool, Dalziel provided a new and unignorable focus of attention.' Hill has provided readers with a superior example of the mystery form — one with a deliciously cold sting in the final pages. Agent, Caradoc King at A.P. Watt. (Oct. 3)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Hill's sophisticated classicist style invests even the most vile and brutish behavior with literary refinement." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"A cut-and-dried case morphs into a cold-case scenario in this wickedly clever, classic Brit-mystery puzzle, loaded with Yorkshire atmosphere and mordant wit." Booklist
"Topnotch crime fiction from a master." Library Journal
"Pared down and brisker than last year's behemoth Death's Jest-book, this 21st pairing of crime fiction's most entertaining odd couple is a dazzler-Hill's best in years." Kirkus Reviews
"Hill's writing seems to only get sharper and punchier." San Antonio Express-News
"[Hill] unwinds skeins of intrigue, passion and betrayal....There aren't many novels in which the words themselves help add to the challenge of identifying a killer." Orlando Sentinel
"Reginald Hill turns the genre on its ear in Good Morning, Midnight ...well worth the price of admission." Chicago Tribune
"Hill's...continued willingness to challenge the mystery genre and the masterful way he works his story are well worth the price of admission." Rocky Mountain News
"Literate, nuanced, dark-souled....Hill keeps the reader mesmerized." Providence Journal
"Hill's sleuths, Dalziel and Pascoe, never fail to entertain." Charlotte Observer
"The meandering complexity of the plot and the entertaining departmental byplay succeed in teasing the reader along to the neat bookend of a finale." Houston Chronicle
"Twisty...[a] pleasurable puzzle." Los Angeles Times
Reginald Hill brings us a brilliant new Dalziel and Pascoe novel, featuring a chilling Mid-Yorkshire mystery.
Like father like son...
But heredity seems to have gone a gene too far when Pal Maciver's suicide in a locked room exactly mirrors that of his father ten years earlier.
In each case accusing fingers point towards Pal's stepmother, the beautiful enigmatic Kay Kafka. But she turns out to have a formidable champion, Mid-Yorkshire's own super-heavyweight, Detective Superintendent Andrew Dalziel.
DCI Peter Pascoe, nominally in charge of the investigation, finds he is constantly body-checked by his superior as he tries to disentangle the complex relationships of the Maciver family.
At first these inquiries seem local and domestic. What really happened between Pal and his stepmother? And how has key witness and exotic hooker Dolores, Our Lady of Pain, contrived to disappear from the face of Mid-Yorkshire?
Gradually, however, it becomes clear that the fall-out from Pal's suicide spreads far beyond Yorkshire. To London, to America. Even to Iraq. But the emotional epicentre is firmly placed in mid-Yorkshire where Pascoe comes to learn that for some people the heart too is a locked room, and in there it is always midnight.
"From the Hardcover edition.
Prominent businessman Pal Maciver locked himself in his study and shot himself. It's an open-and-shut case, as far as Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel is concerned. Except...
Maciver's father died in an almost identical manner ten years earlier, and "Fat Andy" was the investigating officer. Pal's strange and strained relationship with his beautiful, enigmatic stepmother, Kay Kafka, also raises warning flags. And the family's shady corporate dealings carry two apparent acts of self-slaughter far beyond the borders of Yorkshire, causing policeman Peter Pascoe to question his superior's reticence...and his motives.
Yorkshire detectives Peter Pascoe and Andy Dalziel return in this stunning puzzler in which they investigate the locked-room suicide of a businessman whose demise bizarrely mirrors his father's almost identical death.
About the Author
Reginald Hill has been widely published in England, Canada, and the United States, and has been justly compared with P.D. James and Ruth Rendell. He received Britain's most esteemed mystery award, the Cartier Diamond Dagger, as well as the Golden Dagger for his Dalziel-Pascoe series. Reginald Hill lives with his wife in Cumbria, England.
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