The Wood Beyond (Dalziel and Pascoe Series #15)

The Wood Beyond (Dalziel and Pascoe Series #15)

by Reginald Hill
     
 

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Police Inspector Peter Pascoe has stumbled upon the remains of an ancestor unjustly executed in wartime. As he delves into the mystery of his disgraced great-grandfather's death, his partner, Detective Superintendent Andrew Dalziel, is preoccupied with a shapely animal rights activist. Eight female protesters have discovered human bones on the grounds of a drug

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Police Inspector Peter Pascoe has stumbled upon the remains of an ancestor unjustly executed in wartime. As he delves into the mystery of his disgraced great-grandfather's death, his partner, Detective Superintendent Andrew Dalziel, is preoccupied with a shapely animal rights activist. Eight female protesters have discovered human bones on the grounds of a drug company's research headquarters, and the investigation has a shocking connection to Pascoe's own family case.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Chief Inspector Andy Dalziel and Peter Pascoe investigate the discovery of some old bones near a large pharmaceutical research laboratory in Yorkshire. As the case progresses, Pascoe unearths surprising facts about his own grandfather, a World War I soldier.
Emily Melton
Hill is among our most underrated mystery writers. His books are always well reviewed, but at least in America, his outstanding talent hasn't yet been fully recognized or appreciated. Too bad. His books truly are superb, filled with understated but keen-edged humor, vivid plotting, a knowing portrayal of humanity at its most vulnerable, and an intensity that is dazzling. His latest, featuring those three endearing Yorkshire coppers, Pascoe, Dalziel, and Wield, is a gripping drama about the horrors of the Great War intertwined with a story about the greed behind modern-day drug research. The elegant and gentle Peter Pascoe is engaged in his own bit of personal angst after the death of his granny launches him into an investigation of his past. Vulgarly rotund Andy Dalziel has acquired a new lady love in the course of the case. And the dogged Edgar Wield is still as quietly competent as ever as he tries to keep his two colleagues focused on the case at hand, an attack by some animal rights demonstrators on a local research company that turns up more than one skeleton. A fine read that should be on every mystery fan's must-have list.
Kirkus Reviews
Two demonstrations by animal-rights protestors have already left a security officer dead when a demonstrator at ALBA Pharmaceuticals stumbles into a pit containing another corpse, this one generations old. For Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe, who's still getting ordered around by the contrarious grandmother he's just buried, the bones are clearly tied in to a shameful episode in his family history that his grandma has just brought out—his grandfather's court-martial and execution for cowardice at Passchendaele in 1917. But what's the connection between the Pascoe dirty linen and the dead man, or between the Grindal and Batty families, who combined their names in founding ALBA, and Superintendent Andy Dalziel's unlikely romance with Amanda ("Cap") Marvell, a self-described "born-again pagan" who's the guiding spirit of the animal protestors? Beginning with some detective work that's exasperatingly casual, Hill's 14th case for Dalziel and Pascoe (Pictures of Perfection, 1994, etc.) gradually reveals its several mysteries coming together with the fatal majesty of icebergs hoving into view, till they collide in a dazzling climax.

The richness, depth, and emotional impact of Hill's multiple stories and their labyrinthine connections make such masters of plot as Martha Grimes and P.D. James seem positively niggardly.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440218036
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Series:
Dalziel and Pascoe Series, #15
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
439
Sales rank:
757,126
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.86(h) x 1.19(d)

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