From Publishers Weekly
With gleeful malice aforethought, Hill explodes the genre of the short murder tale and diverts it to his own wicked, original ends. These six stories by the creator of mysteries featuring Detective Dalziel and Sergeant Pascoe ( An Advancement of Learning ), are a rare pleasure, probing murder and mayhem with keen intellect and wit. In the title tale, witnesses to a seemingly paranormal event on an office elevator become prime suspects who cringe before a Soviet police inspector bent on explaining away the incident. "Bring Back the Cat!" parodies detective fiction as it introduces Joe Sixsmith, a sly West Indian PI who investigates a stray feline's disappearance. Murder is almost an afterthought in "Poor Emma," a delicious send-up of Jane Austen's style and upper-class milieu, and in "Auteur Theory," which spotlights the incestuous world of actors at each other's throats during a film shooting. There's no murder in "The Bull Ring," set in a WW I French training camp where a soldier's freak death draws together an English recruit and the corporal who torments him. Hill also writes espionage tales under the name Patrick Ruell.
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Recent acclaim for Reginald Hill: 'Hill at his best is a masterly storyteller!addictive and brilliant.' Spectator 'Hill is unputdownable.' Daily Express 'Hill is always clever and funny! he demands intense concentration -- because he's worth it.' Literary Review 'Hill is a masterful writer, quirky and intelligent.' The Times 'Exhilarating! if this is what results when Hill enjoys a holiday from the norm, he should take a break from his Yorkshire double act more often.' Sunday Times 'You're enthralled by the cunning of the plotting! great.' Observer 'Brilliant, witty and erudite'. Evening Standard 'The fertility of Hill's imagination, the range of his power, the sheer quality of his literary style never cease to delight.' Sunday Express '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
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