Dialogues of the Dead by Reginald Hill

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“Reginald Hill has raised the classical British mystery to new heights.”
The New York Times Book Review

Acclaimed as “the master of form and the sorcerer of style,”* the Grand Master of British psychological suspense returns to weave wordplay and murder into a lethal tapestry that only Dalziel and Pascoe can unravel.

With characteristic precision,insidious wit, and unparalleled insight into the serpentine criminal mind, Hill offers readers his most diabolical surprise to date.

Dialogues of the Dead

Paronomania [n. A clinical obsession with word games]

In the Beginning was the Word...

And the Word was Murder.

A motorist dies after plunging off a bridge.... A motorcyclist is found dead after a fatal encounter with a tree. Two apparently innocuous tragedies ... until two Dialogues are submitted to a local literary competition, claiming responsibility for the deaths. But has anybody heard the Word?

When a beautiful, unscrupulous journalist meets her Maker in fact, and then in fiction, as victim of The Third Dialogue, Dalziel and Pascoe take note and find themselves involved in a deadly duel of wits against an opponent known only as the Wordman: a brilliant sociopath who leaves literary clues in his wake ... and who hides in plain sight.
Contestants, are you ready?

Reginald Hill’s books consistently combine wordplay and sleuthing, but the Master is in superb form in Dialogues of the Dead. There are enough clues to make a patchwork quilt, but in this test of wills just who is playing against whom?

Is it the Wordman versus the police? Or the killer against his victims? Or is the real game between you, dear reader, and Reginald Hill himself, at his most intriguing, most enticing, most elusive best? Just when you think you have your killer, guess again. Someone may have conceived the perfect crime.

Let the games begin...

About Reginald Hill

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Reginald Hill has been awarded Britain’s most coveted mystery prize, the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, as well as the prestigious Golden Dagger, for his Dalziel/Pascoe series. In the United States, On Beulah Height was nominated for an Edgar award. He lives with his wife in Cumbria, England.
Published January 1, 2001 by HarperCollinsPublishers. 464 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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A 20th helping of Dalziel and Pascoe, together with at least as many subplots.

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Andy (the Fat Man) Dalziel and DCI Peter (the perfect foil) Pascoe (Arms and the Woman, 1999, etc.) Nothing could possibly link these untimely demises to a short-story contest sponsored by one of the local newspapers—until the Dialogues begin appearing: the Dialogues, that arcane literary form in...

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Known for complex plotting, deep characterization and sly humor, Hill here adds to his string of brilliant psychological thrillers featuring two of Britain's most well-rounded detectives. Supt.

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The killer enters a short story competition with a piece, written in the form of a one-sided dialogue, that describes a murder and dares the police to untangle the clues planted therein.

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