Good Morning, Midnight - Reginald Hill Reviews
Description:ISBN 0007123434 / Author: Reginald Hill / Genre: Fiction / What a pleasure it is to be in the hands of a trusted writer. And Good ... more
Good Morning, Midnight - Reginald Hill ... Morning, Midnight is a reminder of just how good this British crime writer is. Reginald Hill's reputation has been steadily consolidated with some of the most accomplished crime writing in the UK, and his Dalziel and Pascoe novels enjoy a consistency of achievement rare in the genre, with only the occasional misstep. Of course, it's hard these days not to visualise TV actors when we begin a D and P novel, but those adaptations soon seem a world away, so much more sophisticated and atmospheric are the novels. Here, Hill gives us his very individual gloss on a standard crime plot, one that most serious practitioners feel obliged to tackle at least once: the locked room mystery (P D James recently had a crack at the same narrative device). Pal Maciver has committed suicide in a manner similar to that of his father several years ago: the death happening in the classic locked room. Pal's stepmother Kay doesn't enjoy all the negative attention she gets after the death, and although the dependable D S Dalziel is on her side, his help is restricted by a surprising influence--nothing less than as Dalziel's partner, the intractable DCI Pascoe, who regards Kay with suspicion, despite Dalziel's sympathy and support. When a key witness, seductive provider of sexual services Madame Dolores, vanishes, things become very complicated for both detectives--particularly as Pal Maciver's death appears to have many international complications. Will the squabbling Dalziel and Pascoe be able to come to a compromise before further deaths occur?
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by - written on 17/10/06 (Very useful, 180 readings)
Introduction I have to admit that the latest Dalziel and Pascoe books that I've read have not particularly impressed me. I thought 'Arms and the Women' was one of the worst books I have read for a long time and 'Dialogues of the Dead', although better, was so complex that I just gave up trying to understand after a while. So I wasn't really expecting this book to be much better. Luckily, I was surprised and Reginald Hill has come up with a plot much more of a standard with his earlier novels. The plot Pal Maciver is found dead in a locked room, having died in exactly the same way as his father, who committed suicide ten years earlier, even down to ... Read the complete review
by - written on 31/07/06, updated on 02/08/06 (Very useful, 90 readings)
The title of 'Good morning, Midnight', a crime novel from Yorkshire writer Reginald Hill, refers to a line by American poet Emily Dickenson. Rather bizarrely, it is also a greeting addressed to his lover by DCI Andy Dalziel. First published in 2004, Hill turns his attention to the post 9/11 world and impending Iraqi invasion. The plot neatly brings in a reference to an earlier novel, and traces US policy back to Irangate, when Ronald Reagan (allegedly?) sold arms to Iran, using the profits to fund right wing forces in Central America. It is not a giant step from the resulting prosecutions to the Enron scandal, the fall out from which manages to drift as far ... Read the complete review
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