Hill writes clever, often humorous books that just happen to be mysteries. In lesser hands, his stories could feel like
a gimmick to attract attention, but they highlight his talent and delight readers. This new installment in his popular and long-running series featuring detectives Dalziel and Pascoe is told over the course of one day, alternating between London and mid-Yorkshire. A complex novel with multiple viewpoints, it is tremendously enjoyable -- a treat to read and consider.
Having recovered from injuries sustained in an explosion, Dalziel is now back at work, but he's having trouble adjusting. When an old friend asks him to look into the case of a man missing seven years, it doesn't seem complicated, and Dalziel sees it as a good way to get back into work. But the case becomes more serious and twisted than anyone suspected, with a woman's life in danger and an officer seriously injured. (HARPER, Oct., 368 pp., $25.99)