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Killing Kindness Mass Market Paperback – Sep 1 1987

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 303 pages
  • Publisher: UK General Books; New edition edition (Sept. 1 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586072519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586072516
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #852,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'One of Britain's most consistently excellent crime novelists' The Times 'These novels last, like a grand malt whisky -- rounded, rich, intoxicating! Here is an author at his formidable best' Frances Hegarty, Mail on Sunday 'So far out in front that he need not bother looking over his shoulder' Sunday Telegraph

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'Reginald Hill stands head and shoulders above any other writer of homebread crime fiction' - Tom Hiney, Observer

'Hill is an instictive and complete novelist who is blessed with a spontaneous storytelling gift' - Francis Fyfield, Mail on Sunday

'So far out in front that he need not bother looking over his shoulder' - MIKE RIPLEY, Sunday Telegraph

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To teh readers familiar with the Pascoe/DAnziel series, A Killing Kindness will not be a surprise--it is as good as most of the other novels in the series. Pascoe and Danziel are trying to catch a serial killer, who stnragnels young girls. Only there are a couple of exceptions. The plot is good and believable. The conclusion, although not very surprising, is satisfying.
As usual, Hill's strength is in giving the secondary characters opportunities to develop throughout the series. THey are not just props for the two detectives to excahnge clever lines, and this is what makes the book more than a simple mystery.
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this is the first of his books that i've tried, and i did so based on some of the glowing reviews of his other books, but for a thriller, i would say that it's sadly lacking in momentum and suspense. it's supposed to be a whodunit, but i lost interest in the murders halfway thru the book, because the red herrings thrown in really detracts from the mystery, and doesn't do much to get the story going for me. the focus appears to be more on the characters, which granted are very interesting and the chief inspiration for me to read on. strictly for hill fans.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb45204a4) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
HASH(0xb4667558) out of 5 stars Dalziel and Pascoe - Aways a winning combination March 7 2016
By bookgal - Published on Amazon.com
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Andy Dalziel and Peter Pascoe are onto another series of murders. It starts with a middle-aged woman found strangled and laid out with her hands crossed over her chest. Soon others follow, young women, calls for the police to stop the "Yorkshire Choker" and phone calls from someone or someones to the local newspaper that quote Hamlet. What is the connection to all of them and why the quotes? Dalziel and Pascoe may not always get along, but they can solve a mystery.

A very good read, full of color and twist and turns, as well as a wonderful introduction of a new character that I hope to see continue: Sgt. Wield, a gay policeman who manages to play his cards really well in interviews. A good foil to both of the main characters and in this book he is one of the pivotal characters in hunting down clues and helping solve the case.
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HASH(0xb432857c) out of 5 stars A little taste of murder and Hamlet! Oct. 26 2006
By Shirley Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Reginald Hill is an author to be reckonned with in the British procedural genre, and his long-running Dalziel and Pascoe series is a winner. Any of the many books is a fine example of intelligent writing. This book is not a disappointment. It is a book where Pascoe figures a bit more prominently than Dalziel, but we do have Andy there in key spots. It gives us lots of examples of his blustery non-sequitors. Dalziel and his crew are trying to unmask the Yorkshire choker who has a taste for the Elizabethan bard (in particular the play "Hamlet"). We also have a clan of gypsies to help make things interesting. This is intelligent writing that keeps you guessing until the end. Hill has an uncanny ability to set his novels so realistically, and his very human characters help to reel us in. Don't pass up this series.
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HASH(0xb4328c78) out of 5 stars Vintage Dalziel and Pascoe April 6 2010
By Blue in Washington - Published on Amazon.com
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The thing with Reginald Hill is that almost all of his books are intelligent, engaging and full of well-developed characters. So the spectrum of writing is good to incredibly good. This early D&G entry, "A Killing Kindness" is closer to the good end than to the great. Author Hill puts a heavy focus on the procedural side of detective work as the dynamic duo plus the estimable Sergeant Wield track a serial killer with a penchant for explaining himself/herself with quotes from Shakespeare. Additional color is added with a look at English gypsies who inhabit the story start to finish.

For regular fans of Dalziel and Pascoe, who haven't gotten to this novel yet, this is number five in the series, chronicling a well-developed relationship between the two cops and including a pregnant Ellie Pascoe and a still-in-the-closet and lovelorn Sergeant Wield. It's a good read with plenty of indications of the great things that are to follow in this series.
HASH(0xb43289b4) out of 5 stars Probably the best of the early volumes in this long-running series Sept. 28 2015
By Michael K. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This sixth entry in the long-running series about Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel of Mid-Yorkshire CID and his crew is the best so far in terms of plot and action, and also in the way Hill handles the killer's motives. On the other hand, it's pretty wince-producing as you witness the way the loud, fat, arse-scratching, anti-intellectual, woman-belittling, suspect-abusing, science-dismissing Dalziel goes about his work. Hill seems to think the reader will find him amusing, and possibly that was the case thirty years ago, but not now. If I were outlining this novel in 2015, I would have Fat Andy brought up short and hard in several scenes. Anyway.

The town has an apparent serial killer on the loose. Serial killers always make good fodder for detective stories, especially when there seem to be so many small links among the victims and their families and friends, but both Dalziel and his right hand, DI Peter Pascoe, suspect some of them are red herrings. Dalziel wants to tie everything back to the conveniently nearby gypsies, who have come to take part in the traditional two-week fair, and there are in fact some connections. The local small flying club, which mostly does gliders, also seems to be involved somehow. And when you finally discover whodunit, it may raise your eyebrow, but the clues are there all along.

Detective Sgt. Wield, who possesses the ugliest face in Yorkshire, is also back and we learn considerably more about his secrets (which were a much bigger deal in 1980). And Pascoe's wife, Ellie, is uncomfortably pregnant, which only complicates his life during a big case.
HASH(0xb433a06c) out of 5 stars Probably one of the few authors I will re-read like Doyle. Oct. 30 2015
By mountain top man - Published on Amazon.com
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Hill never disappoints! I am not reading, but rather "savoring" each page. I am a huge fan of British mystery and comedy so I am biased.. it takes a whole book to catch onto the diallic, such as" by the road" instead of "by the way ". The ending always come together without any out of the blue revelations. Probably one of the few authors I will re-read like Doyle.

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