The last book I read in 100 words: Midnight Fugue, Reginald Hill

by Stephen Tall on July 8, 2010

midnightfugueMidnight Fugue (Reginald Hill)

If you know of Reginald Hill’s Dalziel & Pascoe novels only through the BBC series then you’re missing out – for though Warren Clarke and Colin Buchanan were made for the parts, the subtlety, humour and pathos of the books was wholly absent.

The latest volume is an exemplar of the Dalziel & Pascoe series: fleshed-out, humourously drawn characters, pin-sharp dialogue, and a craggy, looming Yorkshire setting. The storyline is engrossing, but the real fascination is derived from witnessing Fat Andy’s battle to reclaim top dog status following his brush with death.

The denouement is a genuine twist-in-the-tail. But the real enjoyment emerges from the way Dalziel’s omniscient mastery of all he surveys is deftly re-asserted.