Thursday, March 31, 2011


This is the very first Dalziel and Pascoe novel, all the way from 1970.

The characters are very one dimensional and obviously have yet to develop into the great two that they have later become.

Fat Andy is already scratching himself inappropriately and being rude but not to the extent that he is now, Pascoe is a very serious young man more interested in sleeping with the witnesses than working for Dalziel.

The plot is ordinary, but I have been spoilt reading his latter works first.

I can see why Hill's publishers stuck with him though and let him develop into the great crime writer he has become

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