Child's Play Hardcover – Large Print, Dec 1988
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From Publishers Weekly
The 10th in Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe novels ( Exit Lines, etc.) is, as usual, a nicely plotted, smoothly written mystery on the top rung of the genre. A half-dotty old Yorkshire widow dies, throwing her relations into confusion with a will that leaves her wealth to a son missing in action in World War II. If he's not founnd by 2015, the fortune will be divided among charities for animals, the needy and Women for Empire. A man resembling the long-lost son appears and disappears. Officials of the charities, surviving relatives and the deceased's lawyer begin a complicated bargaining dance. A top cop campaigns to become Chief Constable. A young drifter enters the life of Sgt. Wield, forcing him to a decision about his homosexuality. There are a couple of apparently unrelated murders. Supt. Dalziel sorts it all out in his usual boorish, intuitive, irreverent way. He's helped by youthful, (relatively) cultured Inspector Pascoe, stolid Sgt. Wield and by Lexie Huby, a young, mousy legal secretary with lots of surprises. Readers will love Hill's rich characterization, vivid local color and lightly stinging humor. Reprint rights to Warner Books.
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'These novels last, like a grand malt whisky' Mail on Sunday 'One of Britain' most consistently excellent crime novelists' The Times 'One of the masters of the modern police procedural' Sunday Telegraph --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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.