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.
Wolf Hadda's life has been a fairytale. From humble origins as a Cumbrian 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. Universally reviled, thrown into prison while protesting his innocence, abandoned by friends and family, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later prison psychiatrist Alva Ozigbo makes the breakthrough. Wolf begins to talk and under her guidance 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 with the truth, revenge. Can Alva intervene before his pursuit of vengeance takes him to a place from which he can never come back?
'An outstanding novel of force and beauty [which shows] Hill's elegant writing, erudition and imagination'
'He quickly proves he's lost none of his sardonic wit, punch and complexity ! You'll be hard pushed to find another crime writer with his verve ! Hill uses every trick in his arsenal to elucidate. The result is an epic, unbeatable mystery'
'A big, fat mystery which has the enduring power of a myth. Hill proves once again that the driving force of a successful crime novel is character, not incident. The heights of the Dalziel & Pascoe series aside, Hill has never written a better book'
'Reginald Hill's books are as good as crime fiction gets and this one is as good as he gets. A tragic, funny standalone mystery. History is rewritten with brilliant originality and verve. The combination of wit and humanity is characteristic of this most inventive of crime novelists -- warmly recommended'
'Hill's plotting is brilliant, the jokes first-rate, the prose supple: it's his humble awe at the English language that enables him to be a minor master of it'
'To give more of plot would be to destroy the great pleasure this complex and accomplished novel offers. Added to his colourful prose and involving narrative are acute psychological insights, beautifully realized characters and landscapes, an examination of the nature of justice, political rage, humour and enough word games to keep any bookish crossword-puzzler happy for hours. The Woodcutter combines romance, fairy tale and tragedy in one of the most gripping crime novels of the past few years'
Publication date: 31/03/2011
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||31st March 2011|
|Publisher:||Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Thriller / suspense,|
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 ...More About Reginald Hill