Death Comes for the Fat Man (Dalziel and Pascoe Series #22)

Death Comes for the Fat Man (Dalziel and Pascoe Series #22)

by Reginald Hill

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Death Comes for the Fat Man (Dalziel and Pascoe Series #22) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
gypsysmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I will certainly be looking for more of the Dalziel and Pascoe books. I found this one worthwhile even though Dalziel is out of commission in a coma for most of the book.It all starts on a Bank Holiday. Pascoe is off duty, lounging in the hammock in his garden, but Dalziel is on duty. So when Constable Hector reports that he saw someone holding a gun in an Arab video shop Dalziel is the detective who is on call. Dalziel goes off to see what is happening but the dispatcher isn't content to have one detective at the scene so he calls Pascoe. Pascoe recognizes the address as being one the Combined Antiterrorism Unit (CAT for short) has flagged so he leaves his hammock and joins Dalziel. Dalziel has just decided to bang on the front door with Pascoe reluctantly following him when the whole edifice goes up in a bang. Dalziel is badly hurt but Pascoe is stunned more than anything. Although Pascoe is supposed to be resting at home after he is released from hospital he starts an investigation into the explosion. CAT doesn't take kindly to his intervention but Pascoe turns up some interesting evidence and he is invited to join CAT for the investigation. Soon it becomes apparent that a group calling themselves Templars have decided to exact revenge for Islamic terrorism. Pascoe believes they may even have a member in CAT. Spurred by the thought of Dalziel's possible death he continues to investigate even though he is called on the carpet by the CAT head honchos.Does Dalziel aka The Fat Man survive? Who is the mole in CAT? How safe is Pascoe during this investigation? You'll have to read the book to find out.
macha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i've been reading Reginald Hill since his first book came out, but this one is particularly good, and a bit of a tour de force to write. essentially Peter Pascoe has to, in the absence of Andy Dalziel, become him in order to solve the case. which has some interesting consequences for Pascoe. and at the same time Dalziel is present only in dream, and the dream sequences are far from the usual boilerplate, just like Dalziel himself. eventually all of it fits together into the case - both Dalziel's manifestations and reflections, and Pascoe's brinkmanship investigation. and we learn a surprising amount, after all these years, about what makes both men tick, and where their boundaries are, what drives them, and the nature of the way in which (so different) they are tied together. when they trade places, intuition still wars with the methodical, raw power collides with civilization. except that it's Pete, not Andy, pushing those boundaries, standing in for Dalziel while he's away, navigating blind across a political minefield of competing jurisdictions, trying to recreate Andy's point of view and suddenly as careless about keeping his own counsel. and along the way the surprisingly complex character of Police Constable Hector, who as it turns out can always see Dalziel, becomes germane.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
another great story in this series
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Samantha-Issac More than 1 year ago
I know this is a popular author for mystery fans, but I just didn't care for the lead character. I didn't care if he lived or died or got his man. The writing style doesn't appeal to me. I won't be keeping this book in my library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reginald Hill is truly smooth in Death Comes for the Fat Man. All his characters are maturing beautifully and work together in wonderful harmony. This book is better than any reviewer has said - a shade better than his previous best, Pictures of Perfection. The sun was warm and the ground fertile, and the result is exquisite.