jamiebowen0306 (jamiebowen0306) wrote,

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I finish "Death Calls for the Fat Man" today.

Andy Dalziel (usually pronounced Dee-elle), a large "common man" type detective and Peter Pascoe, his better educated (and it's presumed, classically better looking) subordinate are two characters that Reginald Hill has used in a number of murder mysteries. He usually uses them in a way that allows him to make clever digs about class and education, while they solve crime in the UK.

This book is slightly different. Dalziel is severely wounded (and spends the remainder of the book in intensive care) when an Muslim run videostore is blown up. The deaths of the people inside are followed by the deaths of a number of high profile radical British Muslims, but Pascoe has to investigate all the deaths on his own (in conjunction with the Anti-Terrorism Squad), because Dalziel is otherwise engaged.

I'm not sure about this book, because the typical central dynamic that allows the story to rattle along isn't there. It flows along at a decent enough pace, but it doesn't work as well I don't think, because that central focus of most of Hill's stories isn't there.

You'll probably enjoy it, but don't come in expecting what you've got in previous books or what you get in the TV series.
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