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'Few writers in the genre today have Hill's gifts: formidable intelligence, quick humour, compassion and a prose style that blends elegance and grace' Donna Leon, Sunday Times 'The fertility of Hill's imagination, the range of his power, the sheer quality of his literary style never cease to delight' Val McDermid, Sunday Express 'He is probably the best living male crime writer in the English-speaking world' Andrew Taylor, Independent 'Reginald Hill's novels are really dances to the music of time, his heroes and villains interconnecting, their stories entwining' Ian Rankin, Scotland on Sunday

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"Reginald Hill has raised the classical British mystery to new heights."
--The New York Times Book Review

"A lot of people write classic detective stories, but Reginald Hill is one of the elite few who write classy classics."
--The Baltimore Sun

"The real joy of the Dalziel-Pascoe books is the writing and the characterizations. Mr. Hill has such disparate writers as Trollope, Beerbohm, Sayers and Shaw in his blood."
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Product Details

  • Series: Dalziel and Pascoe Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (April 6, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440225833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440225836
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reginald Hill has been widely published both in England and the United States. He received Britain's most coveted mystery writers award, the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, as well as the Golden Dagger for his Dalziel/Pascoe series.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RachelWalker on April 9, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
this is a great collection of short stories from one of britain's leading writers.
It is more laden with humour than many of the novels, but that is mainly due to the capacity for some hilarious in-jokes which Hill includes.
"The Last National Service Man" is a more a comedy than a crime story. There are elements of crime, but imagining Dalziel (pronounced "Dee-ell") jogging up and down on the spot in army regalia is just side-splitting! It's a taut, well written story, and does have some great suspense in it at times. The solution is also quite clever, but a bit of a cop out, i feel.
"Pascoes ghost" is another good story, it is well plotted, with more than it's fair share of well drawn characters with interesting and varied motives. Here, the mystery is first class, enough, really, to support an almost full-length novel. The solution is satisfying, in typical Hill style. The climax is also very exciting.
"Dalziel's Ghost" is not so much a crime story, as just a story. It's very much a ponderance upon the characters of Dalziel and Pascoe (but to a lesser extent). There is little real mystery to it at all, but it is still intensely interesting, cleverly plotted, and has another great and somewhat amusing twist at the end!
"One Small Step" is perhaps the best in this collection, offering us a Hill's-eye look at what he thinks life may be like on the future, and the events which have caused the first murder on the moon. (As a crime-fiction concept, it is so original as to deserve a standing ovation.) Again, there are loads of in-jokes, but this time we are treated to a first class mystery story. This is another one which could well support a really cracking full-length novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Schwartz on February 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
I did not realize that this book was a collection of short stories when I first picked it up. But this is not your usual collection of short stories. These four stories are wonderful snapshots of the Dalziel and Pascoe partnership through their years working together. Dalziel is still at his sharpest here, even in the fanciful story "One Small Step" where Pascoe brings him out of retirement to solve the first murder on the moon. Yes, that's right, I said moon. As I said these stories are totally unique, and each one is a wonderful mystery in its own right. Now I will get back to reding the series, but I am glad that I took this little side trip to delve into Dalziel and Pascoe's world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom Gregg on April 27, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Reginald Hill's dynamic detective duo of the later twentieth century is comprised of Inspector Peter Pascoe and his Superintendent/boss Andrew Dalziel. Dalziel is two-fisted albeit good-hearted, old school, lecherous, hard-drinking, bombastic, fat. Junior partner Pascoe in contrast is the wave of the criminal investigation future: prim, mannerly, politically correct, and formally well-educated. What they unquestionably share besides their odd chemistry, though, is a first rate nose for sleuthing.

You can appreciate the possibilities for them to play off their differences, and over the course of solving twenty-some mysteries the late Mr. Hill (1936-2012) masterfully exploited that potential. What a shame the fictional pair is not so well-known on our side of the pond to allow more readers to admire the interaction.

"Asking For The Moon", a collection of four novellas, may not be a top drawer example of their collaborations. But if not, at least it serves as an excellent introduction. And speaking of introductions, Dalziel's speech is riddled with such a wealth of indiscreet and indecipherable Britspeak, let me offer some British-to-American translations as a public service:

BOG: the lavatory;
KHAZI: ditto;
PUNTER: customer of any commercial business--frequently referring specifically to 'the world's oldest profession';
SCROTE: a total jerk or moron;
SOD: vulgar term for a male;
SPROG: disparaging term for a young child. In more recent years, also applied to a raw military recruit;
WANKER: contemptible person or jerk.

I'd submit a few more of these, but I don't think they'd get past Amazon's well-intentioned censors. (Dalziel would have smirked at my predicament.) Anyway, do look up more of Hill's works. He handles drama and humor equally well, and you won't regret investing the time or the expense.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blue in Washington TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 14, 2009
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I'm a huge fan of Reginald Hill's Pascoe and Dalziel stories, but this collection of P&D short stories left me kind of scratching my head about what the author had got up to. There are two stories--in this collection of four--that are classic Pascoe and Dalziel. In "Pascoe's Ghost" you get a zig-zag murder mystery with an homage by author Hill to Edgar Allan Poe. "Dalziel's Ghost" is a net full of red herrings that showcases the big man's mental agility and deviousness and his fondness for playing with partner Pascoe's mind.

The book's first story, "The Last National Service Man," is a comic masterpiece, and chronolgically, is early in the P&D partnership.

"One Small Step," the collection's closing story, projects the pair into the distant future. Pascoe has become a major police authority in the European Federal Police and Dalziel is working as a retired consultant. The big surprise here is that they are called to a crime scene on the surface of the moon. Picture the rhino-sized Dalziel in a space suit! There is some over-the-top humor laced into this story--Dalziel brings new meaning to the "mile-high club." But on the whole, I thought the story had a little too much fantasy and zig-zag to be credible.

There's a lot of fun in this collection and it serves as a good intro to Pascoe and Dalziel for those who haven't given them an earlier try.
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