Life is coming into the world — Peter Pascoe’s daughter celebrates her first birthday — but life is leaving as well, most notably in the form of three old men who shuffle off their mortal coil on the same chilly night. There seems at first to be nothing to connect their deaths to each other, much less to the sulfurous whiffs of police corruption that are riding on the Yorkshire breeze. But trust Andy Dalziel’s thick fingers to trace the links between all three of the elderly gents, the dirty cops, and a pheasant shoot.
Reginald Hill manages to link together all the cases as well as Pascoe’s and Dalziel’s lives in this elegant story. Watch out too for the epigraphs of famous last words – exit lines – that open each chapter.
Who's Likely to Like This
Fans of Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson, and the "Dalziel and Pascoe" series
"A delightful police procedural ... There is a multitude of memorable characters. The writing is saturated with laugh-out-loud wit"—Library Journal