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Reginald Hill was born in 1936 in Hartlepool in the North-East of England. At the time his father was a professional footballer playing for Hartlepool United, but Reg says he never took to the round ball game, much preferring rugby which actively encouraged the drinking of beer both before and after (and sometimes during) the game.
When he was three his family moved to Cumbria, where Reginald spent his entire childhood before going off to Oxford University and eventually becoming a teacher.
A teller of tales from his earliest years, Reg had his creative epiphany aged seven when he discovered people actually got paid for making things up. From that day on he was always certain that one day he would become a writer. He spent many years as a teacher in Yorkshire which provided the inspiration and setting for the novels featuring the Falstaffian figure of Andy Dalziel, Head of Mid Yorkshire CID. In 1970 his first book, A Clubbable Woman, was published by Collins and featured Dalziel and his more sensitive sidekick, Peter Pascoe. Hill was hailed as 'the crime novel's best hope' and, thirty years on, he has more than fulfilled that prophecy. The series of 20 books (and counting) featuring the ever-popular pair has have gone from strength to strength and been turned into a hugely successful BBC television series featuring Warren Clarke and Colin Buchanan.
Reginald Hill has written over forty books in many genres, from historical novels to science fiction. His crime writing includes the series featuring the likeable redundant lathe operator turned PI from Luton, Joe Sixsmith (Singing the Sadness, Killing the Lawyers, Blood Sympathy and Born Guilty) and several thrillers under the pseudonym, Patrick Ruell (The Only Game, Death of a Dormouse etc.)
Hill has won many awards for his books and short stories. One of the most notable was the Crime Writers' Association's prestigious Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year for Bones and Silence. In 1995 he was further honoured by the Crime Writers' Association with their Cartier Diamond Dagger for his lifetime contribution to crime writing.
Reginald Hill currently resides in Cumbria with his wife Pat (whom he has known for over 50 years and been married to for over 40), along with their two Siamese cats and Golden Labrador. On winning the Diamond Dagger, Hill said he was delighted because it finally confirmed he had made the right career choice and now he could really get down to it. In his late sixties he still works hard but never forgets to leave time for smelling the flowers along the way. His pastimes include walking the Cumbrian hills, watching rugby, and drinking delicious Australian and New Zealand wine. Reginald Hill died in January 2012.
Author photograph © Tony Davis
A fast-moving, stunning new stand alone psychological thriller from the award-winning author of the Dalziel and Pascoe series. Brilliant writing, superb characterisation and all in all one of his absolute best yet.
Dalziel and Pascoe are watching what is supposedly a siege situation in a building flagged by the anti-terrorism unit. A suspect with a gun has been seen by a well-known incompetent PC. Dalziel decides to investigate closer and the building blows up. Ending up on life support in hospital, his chances of survival are very slim … and I’m not telling you if he lives or dies, suffice to say this is a real page-turner, gripping and un-put-downable.Comparison: Peter James, Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson.
Dalziel and Pascoe are back and this is good, really good. Existing fans and new ones will love the quality of his writing.
A dual-time tale, absolutely fascinating, mixing three periods, the Tudors, the child migrant scheme to Australia and the present and it succeeds on all levels. Itâ€™s a mystery, a whodunit, a psychological thriller, a historical adventure, a ghost story and a lovely, lovely read, far superior to his normal Dalziel and Pascoe crime tales. In fact I believe itâ€™s the best thing heâ€™s written. Highly recommended.Similar this month: None but try Clare ClarkComparison: Robert Goddard, C J Sansom, David Hewson.
Nachdem er einen Bombenanschlag gerade noch einmal uberlebt hat, weilt DCI Andy Dalziel in dem Seebad Sandytown. In dem kleinen, aber feinen Kurort soll ein groes Wellness- und Gesundheitszentrum entstehen, was vor allem von der auerst geschaftstuchtigen Lady Daphne, einer vermogenden Witwe, vorangetrieben wird. Vielleicht ist es deshalb kein Zufall, dass sie beim Gemeindefest ermordet aufgefunden wird - auf dem Spanferkelspie. Naturlich juckt es Dalziel gleich wieder in den Fingern, und er nimmt die Ermittlungen auf.
'Humour and topicality along a cold enigmatic trail of murder' ObserverLife is on the up for Patrick Aldermann: his Great Aunt Florence has collapsed into her rose bed leaving him Rosemont House with its splendid gardens. But when his boss, 'Dandy' Dick Elgood, suggests to Peter Pascoe that Aldermann is a murderer - then later retracts the accusation - the detective inspector is left with a thorny problem. Not only have the police already dug up some interesting information about Aldermann's beautiful wife; it also appears that his rapid promotion has been helped by the convenient deaths of some of his colleagues...
Pascoe finds his loyalties torn when duty calls him to Yorkshire but one of his friends is accused of multiple murder and may need his help... Read by the star of the BBC TV series Colin Buchanan. Peter Pascoe is in shock. A weekend in the country with old friends turns into a nightmare when he finds three of them dead and the missing fourth a prime suspect in the eyes of the local police. They want his cooperation, but Superintendent Dalziel needs him back in Yorkshire where a string of unsolved burglaries looks like turning nasty. As events unfold, though, the two cases seem to be getting entwined...
Ein junger Dorfpolizist wird vermisst. Auf der Suche nach ihm begeben sich Detective Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe und sein Vorgesetzter Andy Dalziel in ein vertraumtes Dorfchen in Yorkshire. Hier scheint jeder seinen Platz zu haben in der naturgegebenen Ordnung der Dinge. Doch die Idylle trugt. Es gibt sorgsam gehutete Geheimnisse, es gibt Feindschaften, Intrigen und verbotene Liebschaften. Nur in ihrem Hass auf den uberkorrekten Constable Bendish, der nie eine Gelegenheit ausgelassen hat, seine Mitburger zu drangsalieren, sind sich alle einig. Doch geht die Ablehnung so weit, dass man ein Verbrechen befurchten muss?
Detective Superintendent Andrew Dalziel vom CID Mid-Yorkshire ermittelt mit seinem tiefsinnigen Partner Peter Pascoe diesmal gleich an zwei Fronten: Militante Tierschutzer finden ein menschliches Skelett im Sperrgurtel um das Hochsicherheitslabor eines Pharmakonzerns. Gleichzeitig beginnt Pascoe sich immer mehr fur den mysteriosen Tod seines Grovaters wahrend des Ersten Weltkriegs zu interessieren. Zunachst scheinen die beiden Falle nichts miteinander zu tun zu haben ...
Ellie, die Frau eines Polizisten, entgeht nur um Haaresbreite einer Entfuhrung. Zunachst herrscht Unklarheit uber das Motiv, doch schon bald entdeckt Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe, dass der Anschlag in Wirklichkeit wohl seiner eigenen Frau galt. Als er zusammen mit Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel versucht, die Hintergrunde zu entwirren, stoen die beiden in ein Wespennest aus politischen Intrigen, Kokainschmuggel und Waffenhandel. "e;Ein meisterhaft konstruierter Fall vom besten Krimiautor in der englischsprachigen Welt."e; - The Independent