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Dialogues of the Dead By Reginald Hill

Dialogues of the Dead by Reginald Hill

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A man drowns, and another dies in a motorbike crash. Yet the "Mid-Yorkshire Gazette" receive correspondence from someone claiming responsibility for the deaths. But when a third indisputable murder takes place, Dalziel and Pascoe find themselves playing a game no-one knows the rules of.

Dialogues of the Dead Summary

Dialogues of the Dead by Reginald Hill

In the Beginning was the Word A man drowns. Another dies in a motorbike crash. Two accidents yet in a pair of so-called Dialogues sent to the Mid-Yorkshire Gazette apparently as entries in a short story competition, someone seems to be claiming responsibility for the deaths. In Mid-Yorkshire CID the word is heard but not believed. Even Hat Bowler, the young DC who first gets a hold of the story only pretends to take it seriously in order to get closer to the girl of his dreams, librarian Raina Pomona. But when the story is leaked to television and a third indisputable murder takes place, Dalziel and Pascoe find themselves playing a game no-one knows the rules of against an opponent known only as the Wordman. Gradually the hunt focuses on three main suspects. Still Dialogue follows Dialogue and funeral follows funeral, till finally Hat Bowler, who is at odds with his girlfriend over the direction of the police investigation, begins to fear that she may be about to find out he's right in the worst possible way. Reginald Hill's books are always full of word-games, but they have rarely been so important as they are here. There are enough clues to weave a tapestry, but in this game just who is playing against whom? Is it the Wordman versus the police? Or the killer against his victims? Or is the real game between you, dear reader, and Reginald Hill himself, at his most intriguing, most enticing, most elusive best?

Dialogues of the Dead Reviews

'So far out in front that he need not bother looking over his shoulder' Sunday Telegraph 'An author at his formidable best' Frances Hegarty, Mail on Sunday 'He just keeps getting better and better ... Hill, a true master, never fails to shock and surprise' Ian Rankin, Scotland on Sunday 'Few writers in the genre today have Hill's gifts: formidable intelligence, quick humour, compassion and a prose style that blends elegance and grace' Donna Leon, Sunday Times 'An increasingly lyrical and always humourous writer, he is first and foremost an instinctive and complete novelist who is blessed with a spontaneous storytelling gift' Francis Fyfield, Mail on Sunday 'The finest male English contemporary crime writer' Val McDermid, Manchester Evening News

About Reginald Hill

Reginald Hill was brought up in Cumbria and has returned there after many years in Yorkshire. With his first novel, A Clubbable Woman, he was hailed as 'the crime novel's best hope' and twenty years on he has more than fulfilled that promise.

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Dialogues of the Dead by Reginald Hill
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