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Bestselling and Diamond Dagger award-winning mystery writer Reginald Hill sets up a battle of wills between determined cops Andy Dalziel and DCI Peter Pascoe and an elusive and ingenious villain in a “dazzling” novel of psychological suspense (New York Times Book Review).Three times Yorkshire policeman Peter Pascoe has wrongly accused ex-con Franny Roote of a crime, only to have Roote walk free. Now Roote is sending out strange and threatening letters and Pascoe fears there is worse to come. This time he’s determined to get his man.
Meanwhile, Pascoe’s colleague Edgar Wield rides to the rescue of a boy in danger and in return, the boy tips him off about the heist of a priceless treasure. Soon Wield is torn between protecting the lad and doing his duty.
Over all this activity broods the huge form of Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel. As trouble builds, Dalziel discovers that omniscience can be more trouble than it’s worth.
Sometimes a monster can hide behind a maskof civilized, urbane intelligence.
Sometimes the most terrible of crimes can go undetected and unpunished.
Sometimes Death has a wicked sense of humor …
“Ever the master of form and sorcerer of style.” “One of the finest crime writers of this era.” “Once again, Hill takes the classic British mystery to new levels of psychological suspense, character development, and literary mastery in his signature series….superlative.” “Rich with literary allusion and clever workplay…dazzling in design.” “Reginald Hill’s novels are first-class brainteasers. Death’s Jest-Book is classic Hill.” “Carefully weaving plots and subplots, Mr. Hill has created another puzzle filled with realistic characters and a sly sense of humor that moves the story along nimbly.” “This is a book with an underlying tone of menace throughout….enriched by irony and imagery, a brilliant bit of writing.”
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