The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill
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"Thefertility of Hill's imagination, the range of his power, the sheer quality ofhis literary style never ceases to delight." —Val McDermid,author of Fever of the Bone

In a stand-alone psychological thrillerfrom acclaimed mystery master Reginald Hill, a mysterious ex-con returns to hisremote childhood home on a deadly hunt for revenge. Combining the chillingatmospheres of Thomas Harris’s The Silence of the Lambs, the narrativeingenuity of P.D. James’s The Private Patient, and the compellingcharacterizations of Hill’s own Dalziel and Pascoeseries, Hill delivers a frightful, fast-paced study of suspense at its mostsinister in The Woodcutter.

 

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 August 2, 2011 by Harper. 533 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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Doctor Ozigbo plays an intriguing secondary role as Wolf navigates the many dangerous twists and untangles the deceit that dates back for a generation.

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Publishers Weekly

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British author Hill (The Stranger House) combines an edgy tale of betrayal and revenge with the trappings of a modern-day fairy tale in this sly, enchanting stand-alone.

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The Wall Street Journal

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The title character in thriller-writer Reginald Hill's stand-alone novel "The Woodcutter" (Harper, 519 pages, $25.99) is Wilfred "Wolf" Hadda, born the only child of a forester who lived in a cottage at the edge of an English estate.

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New York Journal of Books

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There are many symbols and connections to make as the story unfolds, and there is a sense of dark humor throughout that the reader may doubt their own sense of propriety by noticing it and laughing out loud .

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Book Reporter

The story's focus is a gentleman named Wolf Hadda --- to become known as the Woodcutter --- who is literally born next door to the manor rather than of it.

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She becomes the wife of Wolf when he becomes not only socially acceptable to her, but is also honored as Sir Wilfred Hadda.

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Although the quotes from folk tales and poems that Hall inserts before some of sections are there to add to the mythic quality of the book, often asking us to focus on the idea of the wolf, the whole use of the fairy tale in this way felt contrived.

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If there is one thing that can be said about Reginald Hill, it is that he never fails to surprise.

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The plot is as intricately carved as a Grinling Gibbons edifice, built around Hadda, whom Hill has hewn from the mightiest of oaks and fashioned into a character of hammerbeam roof dimensions.

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Wolf begins to talk and offers inside information that helps Alva gain a parole for him so he can return to his rural home in Cumbria.

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Bookmarks Magazine

James’s The Private Patient, and the compellingcharacterizations of Hill’s own Dalziel and Pascoeseries, Hill delivers a frightful, fast-paced study of suspense at its mostsinister in The Woodcutter.

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And it still appears a legitimate question to ask why Hill felt the need to write a non-series book?

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