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Reginald Hill - Author

About the Author

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

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Die ratselhaften Worte

Die ratselhaften Worte

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2012

Am Anfang war das Wort. Und das Wort war Mord. Ein Mann ertrinkt, ein anderer verungluckt mit dem Motorrad. Zwei Unfalle, wie es scheint. Doch in zwei Geschichten, die fur einen Literaturwettbewerb eingesandt werden, ist alles detailliert beschrieben. Nach dem dritten Todesfall dammert es dem Kommissarduo Andy Dalziel und Peter Pascoe, dass es sich um einen manischen Serienkiller handeln muss, der offenbar auf Wortspiele und Shakespeare-Zitate fixiert ist.

Das Dorf der verschwundenen Kinder

Das Dorf der verschwundenen Kinder

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2012

Als in der Grafschaft Yorkshire ein siebenjahriges Madchen entfuhrt wird, reit bei den Bewohnern des kleinen Ortes Danby eine tiefe Wunde wieder auf: Schon einmal, vor funfzehn Jahren, verschwanden im Nachbarort Dendale drei kleine Madchen spurlos. Aber auch der Hauptverdachtige, der damals 19jahrige Benny Lightfoot, verschwand von einem Tag auf den anderen. Das war in dem Jahr, als die Bewohner ihre Hauser aufgaben, weil das Dorf einem Stausee weichen musste. Nun prangt ein Graffiti an einer Eisenbahnbrucke: Benny ist wieder da!

Ein nasses Grab

Ein nasses Grab

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2012

Nach einer Autopanne landet Superintendent Andy Dalziel in Lake House, einem etwas heruntergekommenen Herrensitz. Bonnie, die kurzlich verwitwete Hausherrin, hat es Dalziel sofort angetan. Aber zugleich fallt ihm auf, dass sie der tragische Tod ihres Ehemannes nicht allzu sehr zu betruben scheint ...

Die Launen des Todes

Die Launen des Todes

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2012

Der Tod ist ein Possenspieler. Er trifft seine Wahl, wie es ihm beliebt, und verschont weder die Guten noch die Gerechten. So jedenfalls scheint es Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe. Vor Jahren hat er Franny Roote wegen Mordes hinter Gitter gebracht. Doch jetzt ist der notorische Kriminelle frei und verwaltet den Nachlass eines geheimnisvollen viktorianischen Dichters. Ein durch die Literatur gelauterter Morder? Oder sind es nicht doch neue Morde, die Roote in seinen Briefen an Pascoe verschlusselt gesteht?

Der Luge schoner Schein

Der Luge schoner Schein

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2012

Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe ist schockiert. Aus dem geruhsamen Wochenende auf dem Land, das er mit Freunden aus Studientagen verbringen wollte, ist ein Alptraum geworden. Als er wie immer verspatet ankommt, findet Pascoe nur noch die Leichen seiner Freunde in dem idyllischen Cottage. Offenbar sind sie mit einer Schrotflinte erschossen worden. Einer jedoch fehlt: Colin Hopkins ist spurlos verschwunden ...

Mord auf Widerruf

Mord auf Widerruf

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2012

Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel behauptet, wortgewaltig wie immer, einen Mord gesehen zu haben. Von seinem Kuchenfenster aus, direkt im Haus gegenuber. Der vermeintliche Mrder, der blasierte Bauunternehmer Philip Swain, beharrt jedoch darauf, er habe lediglich versucht, seiner psychisch labilen Frau die Waffe zu entreien, die diese auf sich selbst gerichtet hatte. Viel spricht fr Swain, wenig fr Dalziel, das Ermittlungsgenie der Polizei von Yorkshire, der den neureichen Aufsteiger noch nie leiden konnte, auerdem in besagter Nacht zugegebenermaen nicht ganz nchtern war

Welch langen Weg die Toten gehen

Welch langen Weg die Toten gehen

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2012

Ein Freitod, wie er perfekter kaum inszeniert sein konnte: im Hintergrund klassische Musik, auf dem Schreibtisch ein Gedichtband, um den Abzug des Gewehrs ein seidener Faden. Vor zehn Jahren hat sich der Unternehmer Palinurus Maciver in seinem Arbeitszimmer erschossen. Nun tut es ihm sein Sohn gleich, auf genau dieselbe zeremonielle Art und Weise. Doch war es wirklich Selbstmord? Andrew Dalziel, Chef der Polizei von Mid-Yorkshire, und Detective Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe beginnen zu ermitteln.

Advancement of Learning

Advancement of Learning

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2011

Lecturers having it away with students, witches' sabbaths on the sand dunes, a body buried under a statue in the gardens, and a fresh rash of killings. All is not well at Holm Coultram College. All is not well at Holm Coultram College: lecturers having affairs with students, witches' sabbaths, a body buried under a statue. Detective Superintendent Dalziel, despite his cynical view of academics, doesn't feel murder fits in here - let alone a rash of killings. But when he and DS Pascoe are sent to investigate a disinterred corpse at Holm Coultram College, that's exactly what they find...

Killing Kindness

Killing Kindness

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2011

Hill is on top form in this sixth story in the Dalziel and Pascoe seriesWhen Mary Dinwoodie is found choked in a ditch following a night out with her boyfriend, a mysterious caller phones the local paper with a quotation from Hamlet. The career of the Yorkshire Choker is underway. If Superintendent Dalziel is unimpressed by the literary phone calls, he is downright angry when Sergeant Wield calls in a clairvoyant. Linguists, psychiatrists, mediums - it's all a load of nonsense as far as he is concerned, designed to make a fool of him. And meanwhile the Choker strikes again - and again...

Clubbable Woman

Clubbable Woman

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2011

Reginald Hill's first Dalziel and Pascoe novel. When Connon got back from the Rugby Club, his wife was even more uncommunicative than usual. Five hours later, when she still hadn't moved, Connon noticed that the front of her head had been caved in. Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel investigates murder close to home in this first crime novel featuring the much-loved detective team of Dalziel and Pascoe. Home from the Rugby club after taking a nasty knock in a match, Sam Connon finds his wife more uncommunicative than usual. After passing out on his bed for a few hours, he comes downstairs to discover communication has been cut off forever - by a hole in the middle of her forehead. Andy Dalziel, a long-standing member of the club, wants to run the murder investigation along his own lines. But DS Peter Pascoe's loyalties lie elsewhere and he has quite different ideas about how the case should proceed.

April Shroud

April Shroud

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2011

Bluff Superintendent Dalziel falls for the recently bereaved Mrs Fielding's ample charms, and has to be rescued from a litter of fresh corpses by Inspector Pascoe. Superintendent Andy Dalziel's holiday runs into trouble when he gets marooned by flood water. Rescued and taken to nearby Lake House, he discovers all is not well: the owner has just died tragically and the family fortunes are in decline. He also finds himself drawn to attractive widow, Bonnie Fielding. But several more deaths are to follow. And by the time Pascoe gets involved, it looks like the normally hard-headed Dalziel might have compromised himself beyond redemption.

Stranger House

Stranger House

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2011

A stunning standalone psychological thriller, set in Cumbria, past and present, from Reginald Hill, one of the UK's most popular and admired crime novelistsThings move slowly in the village of Illthwaite, but that's about to change with the arrival of two strangers intent on digging up bits of the past the locals would rather keep buried. Sam Flood is a young Australian mathematician whose grandmother was despatched from Illthwaite four decades ago, courtesy of the Child Migrant scheme. Miguel Madero, Sam's fellow guest at the Stranger House inn, is a Spanish wannabe-priest-turned-historian in pursuit of an ancestor last seen setting sail with the Armada in 1588. The antipathy between them is instant and mutual, but as they follow their separate quests their paths become increasingly entangled, with clashes physical and metaphysical, and shocks natural and supernatural, as the tension mounts to an explosive climax. All the elements we have come to expect from Reginald Hill's writing - mystery, humour, elegant style, intricate plotting, fascinating characters, and a strong sense of history - combine here to create what must be his finest novel yet.

Der Tod und der Dicke

Der Tod und der Dicke

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 04/07/2011

Weil er wieder mal auf seine groe Klappe und die Uberzeugungskraft seiner gut zwei Zentner Lebendgewicht vertraut, fliegt Superintendent Andy Dalziel eine Bombe um die Ohren. Schwer verletzt liegt der Dicke nun im Koma und schlagt sich mit dem Sensenmann herum. Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe will die Schuldigen dingfest machen und stot dabei auf vermeintliche Islamisten, einen merkwurdigen Tempelritter- Orden und eine Anti-Terror-Einheit, die ihn kaltstellen will. Ware doch blo der Dicke mit von der Partie ...

The Woodcutter

The Woodcutter

Author: Reginald Hill Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/11/2010

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60% of the author's work and as low as 30% with characters and plotlines removed.

Woodcutter

Woodcutter

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 22/07/2010

A fast-moving, stunning standalone psychological thriller - from the award-winning author of the Dalziel and Pascoe seriesWolf Hadda has lead a charmed life. From humble origins as a woodcutter's son, he has risen to become a hugely successful entrepreneur, happily married to the girl of his dreams. A knock on the door one morning ends it all. Thrown into prison while protesting his innocence, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later prison psychiatrist Alva Ozigbo makes a breakthrough: Wolf begins to talk. Under her guidance he gets parole, returning to his rundown family home in rural Cumbria. But there is a mysterious period in Wolf's youth when he disappeared from home and was known to his employers as the Woodcutter. And now the Woodcutter is back, looking for the truth - and revenge.

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