The highly anticipated return of Dalziel and Pascoe, the hugely popular police duo and stars of the BBC TV series, in a new psychological thriller.
Gina Wolfe is searching for her missing husband, believed dead, and hopes Superintendent Andy Dalziel can help.
What neither realize is that there are others on the same trail.
A tabloid hack with some awkward enquiries about an ambitious MP's father.
The politician's secretary who shares his suspicions.
The ruthless entrepreneur in question - and the two henchmen out to make sure the past stays in the past.
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 how much difference a day makes...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 432 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 04/02/2010
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780007252725
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Review by JulesJones
The 24th book in the Dalziel and Pascoe. Hill is once again playing entertaining literary games; this time around he's using the format of timed chapters giving overlapping strands of a story that plays out in just 24 hours, and playing on the musical theme of a fugue, with a book that's all about what happens as a man emerges from a fugue in the psychiatric sense. You don't need to understand exactly what he's doing to enjoy this story, but the techniques add depth to an entertaining police procedural.The Fat Man has just returned to work after being nearly killed in a bomb blast two books back, but he's still not fully recovered, and the world has moved on in his absence. Thus when he gets a call for help, he's inclined to treat it as personal hobby rather than official case until he's sure what he's dealing with. But the case all too quickly snowballs, as a racketeer-turned-respectable sends in a team to ensure that the dead past stays dead.There's ongoing development of the continuing characters, some beautifully drawn new characters, a lot of (often very dark) humour, and a brilliant twist at the very end. Not quite my favourite of the series (that's still Dialogues of the Dead/Death's Jestbook), but well up there.