Child's Play Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Jun 2000
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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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'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 'The fertility of Hill's imagination, the range of his power, the sheer quality of his literary style never cease to delight' Val McDermid, Sunday Express 'He is probably the best living male crime writer in the English-speaking world' Andrew Taylor, Independent 'Reginald Hill's novels are really dances to the music of time, his heroes and villains interconnecting, their stories entwining' Ian Rankin, Scotland on Sunday 'An increasingly lyrical and always humorous writer, he is first and foremost an instinctive and complete novelist who is blessed with a spontaneous storytelling gift' Francis Fyfield, Mail On Sunday --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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This time it all turns on the death of the elderly and long-widowed Gwen Huby and the fact that she’s never given up hope that her only son, who was MIA in 1944 in Italy, is still alive somewhere. So she leaves her entire estate to him, with the proviso that if he still hasn’t turned up a century after his birth, it all goes to two charities and a fascist political group. The other members of the two related families aren’t happy. They’ve been counting on their assumed inheritance. And then an Italian stranger turns up at the graveside, disturbing the funeral with a loud claim to be the missing heir. The family lawyer asks Dalziel to check this guy out -- just as a personal favor, since there’s no crime involved -- but then the claimant turns up dead. And there’s no lack of locals who would benefit.
The cast of characters is a three-ring circus of contention, with demands being made, plots being hatched, and a couple of low-key conspiracies bubbling along. A very enjoyable yarn -- and even the Epilogue throws in a last-minute surprise.
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