The highly anticipated return of Dalziel and Pascoe, the hugely popular police duo and stars of the long-running BBC TV series, in a new psychological thriller. It starts with a phone call to Superintendent Dalziel from an old friend asking for help. But where it ends is a very different story. Gina Wolfe has come to Mid-Yorkshire in search of her missing husband, believed dead. Her fiance, Commander Mick Purdy of the Met, thinks Dalziel should be able to take care of the job. What none of them realize is how events set in motion decades ago will come to a violent head on this otherwise ordinary summer's day. A Welsh tabloid journalist senses the story he's been chasing for years may have finally landed in his lap. A Tory MP's secretary suspects her boss's father has an unsavoury history that could taint his prime ministerial ambitions. The ruthless entrepreneur in question sends two henchmen out to make sure the past stays in the past. And the lethal pair dispatched have some awkward secrets of their own.
Four stories, two mismatched detectives trying to figure it all out, and 24 hours in which to do it: Dalziel and Pascoe are about to learn the hard way exactly just how much difference a day makes!
Reginald Hill is a native of Cumbria and a former resident of Yorkshire, the setting for his outstanding crime novels featuring Dalziel and Pascoe, 'the best detective duo on the scene bar none' ('Daily Telegraph').
Praise for 'Midnight Fugue': 'Back on his old form. Witty, wise and welcome' Literary Review '[Reginald Hill] shows no sign of descending from the high quality of his writing ... Beautifully plotted and intriguingly resolved' Marcel Berlins, The Times 'Fresh and memorable ! It's a witty, wise and warm read, with rich characterisation and emotional depth' Val McDermid, The Times 'A sort of genteel, very funny and extremely well-written version of 24' Telegraph 'A masterly performance ... will deservedly be one of this summer's big bestsellers' Mark Sanderson, Evening Standard 'Hill's ingenuity continues to dazzle' John O'Connell, Guardian 'Midnight Fugue has a clever plot, written without whimsy, and one of the best things in it is Dalziel's sense of his advancing age and its impact on his relationship with Pascoe' The Sunday Times 'As ever it is steeped in a dry, wry wit and accents almost as thick as good gravy on roast beef and Yorkshire pudding!it is a measure of Hill's masterful grasp that time flies imperceptibly!Hill makes it all look so deceptively simple that it masks a writer on top of his trade' Sunday Express 'Hill's plot is elegantly constructed, and his prose is delectable!Witty, slightly surreal and fundamentally humane, the novel is a welcome addition to one of the best crime series around' Andrew Taylor, Specator
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