Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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.)
"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
"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
"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
"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
When strong-willed Yorkshire policeman Andy Dalziel is rendered dependent on a life-support machine after an explosion, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe pursues growing suspicions about a dangerous group and internal corruption, unaware that the policeman's spirit is watching over his investigation. By the author of The Stranger House. 35,000 first printing.
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 is a native of Cumbria and a former resident of Yorkshire, the setting for his novels featuring Superintendent Dalziel and DCI Pascoe. Their appearances have won him numerous awards, including a CWA Gold Dagger and the Car-tier Diamond Dagger Lifetime Achievement Award. The Dalziel and Pascoe stories have also been adapted into a hugely popular BBC TV series.