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‘Altogether an enjoyable performance, one of Mr Hill’s best’ Financial Times
When Mary Dinwoodie is found choked in a ditch following a night out with her boyfriend, a mysterious caller phones the local paper with a quotation from Hamlet. The career of the Yorkshire Choker is underway.
If Superintendent Dalziel is unimpressed by the literary phone calls, he is downright angry when Sergeant Wield calls in a clairvoyant.
Linguists, psychiatrists, mediums – it’s all a load of nonsense as far as he is concerned, designed to make a fool of him.
And meanwhile the Choker strikes again – and again…
‘Few writers in the genre today have Hill’s gifts: formidable intelligence, quick humour, compassion and a prose style that blends elegance and grace’ Donna Leon, Sunday Times
‘The finest male English contemporary crime writer’ Val McDermid
‘Reginald Hill’s novels are really dances to the music of time, his heroes and villains interconnecting, their stories intertwining’
‘One of Britain’s most consistently excellent crime novelists’ The Times
‘These novels last, like a grand malt whisky – rounded, rich, intoxicating… Here is an author at his formidable best’
Frances Fyfield, Mail on Sunday
‘So far out in front that he need not bother looking over his shoulder’ Sunday Telegraph
‘He is probably the best living male crime writer in the English-speaking world’ Andrew Taylor, Independent
‘Reginald Hill stands head and shoulders above any other writer of homebred crime fiction’ Tom Hiney, Observer
About the author
Reginald Hill was brought up in Cumbria, and has returned there after many years in Yorkshire. His Dalziel and Pascoe novels are amongst the best-loved and most admired in crime fiction. They have been adapted by the BBC, won many awards and are top ten bestsellers.