Good Morning Midnight by Reginald Hill

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Hailed by the New York Times as "the master of form and sorcerer of style," Reginald Hill is undoubtedly at the top of his form in this gripping story of a mysterious death that echoes one in the past.

"Somewhere distantly a church clock began to strike midnight. In the muffling fog, it sounded both familiar and threatening, like the bell on a warning buoy tolled by the ocean's rhythmic swell."

Good Morning, Midnight

Yorkshire's coppers Andy Dalziel and Peter Pascoe are investigating the suicide of prominent businessman Pal Maciver. It seems to be a clear-cut case: he shot himself while sitting at his desk in his locked study.

But things are not quite what they seem. When Pascoe digs deeper, he finds threads going back to another, almost identical death -- that of Maciver's father. And even more disturbing: Pascoe's boss, Detective Superintendent Dalziel, was the officer on that case.

With Dalziel checking his every move, Pascoe is forced to lead his own investigation, plunging into the past to uncover truths about the Maciver family, particularly Pal's relationship with his step-mother, the beautiful and enigmatic Kay Kafka. He soon realizes that the implications of Maciver's death stretch far beyond the borders of Yorkshire. And when a key witness -- exotic hooker Dolores, "Lady of Pain" -- disappears, the death takes on a far more complicated and mysterious face.


About Reginald Hill

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Reginald Hill is a native of Cumbria and a former resident of Yorkshire, the setting for his novels featuring Superintendent Dalziel and DCI Pascoe. Their appearances have won him numerous awards, including a CWA Gold Dagger and the Car-tier Diamond Dagger Lifetime Achievement Award. The Dalziel and Pascoe stories have also been adapted into a hugely popular BBC TV series.
Published September 28, 2004 by Harper. 448 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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Pub Date: Nov. 10th, 1982 ISBN: 0451151917 Page count: ...

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“SD plus SS equals PS,” he reminds Dalziel, quoting the latter’s own dictum: Suspicious Death plus Surviving Spouse equals Prime Suspect.

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His recent Dalziel and Pascoe novels have included one ( Arms and the Woman ) in which the telly detectives were almost background characters and another ( Dialogues of the Dead ) that depended on intricate written codes, which demanded to be savoured on paper rather than through glass.

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They've done Hill proud with their dramatisations of the books -- Warren Clarke was born to play Dalziel -- but have run out of novels and are now reduced to using the characters in other settings.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Jane Dickinson Toronto Star 4 of 5 Stars "Good Morning, Midnight amounts to far more in the totality of its ingredients than do the novels that Hill has been writing for the last decade or more.

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