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CHILD'S PLAY (DALZIEL & PASCOE NOVEL) [Paperback]

REGINALD HILL


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS LTD (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006511724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006511724
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,006,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a really good read! Dec 12 2004
By Zendicant Penguin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm flabbergasted that nobody has chosen to review this book before. This is my first exposure to Mr. Hill's writing and I am impressed. Hill is an English writer of detective mystery fiction. This book is one in a series that revolves around the workings of a pair of policemen based in Northern England, one of whom is a Rabelaisian, dyed in the wool Yorkshireman, the other a University educated middle class everyman. Childs Play is a story that evolves around the entwined fates of two families and, of all things, a repressed homosexual cop. When a mystery man appears graveside to claim the heritance of a prodigal son, things quickly spin wildly out of control when he and another complete stranger are killed within a week of each other in apparently unrelated incidents. Complexity is added when an eager representative of a named party in the origingal deceased's will begins to cobble together an alliance in order to overturn the will, which makes any one of the interested parties a suspect in the murders. Dalziel and Pascoe work together to puzzle the pieces and solve this fine mystery in an ending that is sure to have you curling your toes in anticipation and suspense. I am giving this book five stars because it is truly well-written and the suspense becomes wonderfully excruciating as the author proceeds to weave a half-dozen seemingly disparate threads together into Gordian knot before cutting it. My only objections to Mr. Hill's story telling is his penchant for throwing in obscure high culture references that seem oddly out of place and his willingness to place extreme pressure upon his audience's suspension of disbelief. All in all though, this story will have you panting for more, I am quite sure.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reginald Hill, The Master Jan. 11 2007
By Mystery Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Hill is one of the top mystery writers. The world he has created in the Dalziel and Pascoe series is as real as Nero Wolfe's. The interplay between liberal, educated, and sexy Pascoe and gross, vulgar, and brilliant Dalziel is well observed and outrageously funny. Hill has a sly wit, often leading to laugh-out-loud outbursts that can be embarrassing in public places. Read the whole series, spend time with his characters.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intensely entertaining! Dec 18 2006
By S. Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Hill is a wonderful writer, and this series just gets better and better. In this book we have a little bit of everything - greed, murder, police politics, and of course the guy who never lets any of that bother him in his efforts to solve mysteries - Andy Dalziel. Hill unfolds his plot like a wonderfully wrapped package - layer upon layer comes off until we get to the surprising ending! One thing about Reginald Hill - he is never predictable and every book is surprisingly different. Enough to keep me guessing, and continuing to read this wonderful series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story and characters in this classic Pascoe and Dalziel whodunit Sept. 25 2011
By Blue in Washington - Published on Amazon.com
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An unpleasant elderly woman dies and leaves a sizable estate--mostly to a son long-presumed to be dead. A scramble among the secondary heirs to contest the will begins just as a man steps forward claiming that he is the missing heir. Within a few days the presumed dead man is really dead. Enter the intrepid Yorkshire detective duo Pascoe and Dalziel to sort things out. They will, of course, but not until a rousing chase/police procedural that ends in typical Reginald Hill fashion with multiple disclosures that keep coming long after you think it's over.

While this is a superb crime mystery with an ending that you simply won't see coming, "Child's Play" is also an insightful and sensitive commentary (circa 1987) on the status of people of color and gays in Britain. The brutal treatment of two Black/biracial men that results in a total absence of justice and the painful coming out of the closet as a gay man by the redoubtable Sgt. Wield are two salient elements of the novel that will give the reader a lot to think about beyond the engrossing storyline and surprise ending.

"Child's Play" was first published almost 25 years ago, but the novel remains fresh and relevant. One of Reginald Hill's best mysteries.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master of his craft Sept. 24 2009
By Srdjan Pesic - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Reginald Hill is one of my all time favorite mystery writers. His amazing wordplay, fully developed characters and rowdy wit are some of the reasons that I get excited whenever his new book shows up. Imagine my bliss when I found this gem of a book that I somehow overlooked. And it is a great book. All the best Hill ingredients are here in full swing. The master of his craft did it again. I can only hope that he does it again and again and again...

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