‘Killing the Lawyers…is entertaining, sly, jokey…cynical, well written, and teems with sparkly dialogue – all the virtues we expect from Hill’ Marcel Berlins The Times
Joe Sixsmith, Luton’s premier PI, is naturally on the side of the Law… Trouble is, the Law isn’t always ready to return the compliment.
When Joe turns to the town’s top law firm for help in a dispute, he is subjected to nothing but abuse. He walks out, vowing to have vengeance. Then someone starts killing the partners one by one, and Joe is the main suspect.
At the same time as facing murder charges, Joe is trying to discover who is threatening top athlete Zak Oto. Everyone looks suspicious, from her ex-con minder, Starbright Jones, to her own family. But Joe knows he’s getting close when someone starts trying to kill him…
‘The Sixsmith series has a buoyancy and delectability of its own’
About the author
Reginald Hill was brought up in Cumbria, and has returned there after many years in Yorkshire. With his first crime novel, A Clubbable Woman, he was hailed as ‘the crime novel’s best hope’ and twenty years on he has more than fulfilled that prophecy.
All kinds of minor pleasures conspire in this third in the Joe Sixsmith series (Blood Sympathy; Born Guilty). Joe's a black PI in the not especially famous English town of Luton. He solves crimes less by detection than by his own brand of scrupulous honesty, which creates a kind of white light in which the bad guys invariably stand out. After Joe's insurance company undervalues his wrecked and beloved old car, he seeks the counsel of a rude and fancy lawyer. The visit ends in shouting--and becomes a case when the lawyer is murdered. Another lawyer in the dead man's firm is killed, and Joe, after being cleared as a suspect, is hired to investigate by a remaining partner in the firm. A concurrent case finds him hired on to investigate the threats being issued to Zak Oto, a woman runner who is being warned not to participate in the opening events of Luton's swank new sports complex. Zak has a close family, a jealous sister, a nasty Welsh bodyguard and the usual conniving collection of agents and coaches. All this happens close to the New Year, when Joe gets a lot of kisses at his favorite pub, and his cat gets drunk and sick (in that order). Hill is more famous for the Dalziel and Pascoe novels; his Sixsmith stories are of a different and somewhat lesser stripe. Joe is, nonetheless, a likable oddity, his own man, lucky rather than intuitive, not especially ambitious but loyal to a fault and an unpredictable, entertaining fellow.