A superb collection of short stories from Reginald Hill, the award-winning author of the Dalziel and Pascoe novels and `the best living male crime writer in the English-speaking world' (Independent)
In suburban Luton, a private detective on his first case discovers that curiosity can kill more than just the cat... meanwhile, in wartime Boulogne, one officer will do anything to ensure that his men are ready to kill for their country... and in Stalinist Moscow, Inspector Chislenko must find out why three people have just witnessed a 50-year-old murder. From France to Russia, the 1830s to 1916 and the present day, Reginald Hill has crafted half a dozen tantalizing tales of the unexpected. He asks questions that will intrigue and gives answers that will astound.
Featuring some of his best-loved characters, among them Joe Sixsmith and, of course, Dalziel and Pascoe, this is Reginald Hill at his devilish best.
Recent acclaim for Reginald Hill:
`Hill at his best is a masterly storyteller...addictive and brilliant.' Spectator
`Hill is unputdownable.' Daily Express
`Hill is always clever and funny... he demands intense concentration - because he's worth it.' Literary Review
`Hill is a masterful writer, quirky and intelligent.' The Times
'Exhilarating... if this is what results when Hill enjoys a holiday from the norm, he should take a break from his Yorkshire double act more often.' Sunday Times
'You're enthralled by the cunning of the plotting... great.' Observer
'Brilliant, witty and erudite'. Evening Standard
'The fertility of Hill's imagination, the range of his power, the sheer quality of his literary style never cease to delight.' Sunday Express
'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
Reginald Hill is a native of Cumbria and 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 Lifetime Achievement award. They have also been adapted into a hugely popular BBC TV series.