Midnight Fugue (Dalziel and Pascoe Series #24)

Midnight Fugue (Dalziel and Pascoe Series #24)

by Reginald Hill

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Reginald Hill, award-winning author of The Price of Butcher’s Meat and Death Comes for the Fat Man, returns with Midnight Fugue, a riveting new crime novel featuring Yorkshire coppers Dalziel and Pascoe as they tackle the case of a detective who went missing seven years ago under suspicious circumstances. Taking place within the space of a single October Sunday and alternating between Mid-Yorkshire and London, Midnight Fugue is a riveting, complex mystery that builds to a dramatic, twisting conclusion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061451973
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/26/2010
Series: Dalziel and Pascoe Series , #24
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,093,862
Product dimensions: 6.92(w) x 11.80(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

Reginald Hill is a native of Cumbria and a former resident of Yorkshire, the setting for his novels featuring Superintendent Dalziel and DCI Pascoe. Their appearances have won him numerous awards, including a CWA Gold Dagger and the Car-tier Diamond Dagger Lifetime Achievement Award. The Dalziel and Pascoe stories have also been adapted into a hugely popular BBC TV series.

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'Shit,' said Andy Dalziel as the phone rang.
In twenty minutes the CID's monthly case review meeting was due to start, the first since his return. In the old days this wasn't a problem. He'd have rolled in late and watched them bolt their bacon butties and sit up straight. But if he was late now they'd probably think he'd forgotten the way to the Station. So time was short and Monday-morning traffic was always a pain. Nowt that using his siren and jumping a few red lights couldn't compensate for, but if he wasn't on his way in the next couple of minutes, he might have to run over a few pedestrians too.
He grabbed his car keys and headed for the front door.
Behind him the answer machine clicked in and a voice he didn't recognize faded behind him down the narrow hallway.
'Andy, hi. Mick Purdy, remember me? We met at Bramshill a few years back. Happy days, eh? So how're you doing, mate? Still shagging the sheep up there in the frozen north? Listen, if you could give me a bell, I'd really appreciate it. My number's . . .'
As the Fat Man slid into his car he dug into his memory bank. These days, especially with recent stuff, it sometimes seemed that the harder he looked, the darker it got. Curiously, deeper often meant clearer, and his Mick Purdy memories were pretty deep.
It wasn't a few years since he'd been on that Bramshill course; more like eight or nine. Even then, he'd been the oldest officer there by a long way, the reason being that for a decade or more he'd managed to find a way of wriggling out of attendance whenever his name came up. But finally his concentration had lapsed.
It hadn't been so bad. The official side had been slightly less tedious than anticipated, and there'd been a bunch of convivial colleagues, grateful to find someone they could rely on to get them to bed when their own legs proved less hollow than they'd imagined. DI Mick Purdy had usually been one of the last men standing, and he and Dalziel had struck up a holiday friendship based on shared professional scepticism and divided regional loyalties. They exchanged harmonious anecdotes offering particular instances of the universal truth that most of those in charge of HM Constabulary couldn't organize a fuck-up in a brothel. Then, when concord got boring, they divided geographically with Purdy claiming to believe that up in Yorkshire in times of dearth they ate their young, and Dalziel countering that down in London they'd produced a younger generation that not even a starving vulture could stomach.
They'd parted with the usual expressions of good will and hope that their paths would cross again. But they never had. And now here was Mick Purdy ringing him at home first thing on a Monday morning, wanting to renew acquaintance.
Meaning, unless he were finally giving way to a long repressed passion, the bugger wanted a favour.
Interesting. But not so interesting it couldn't wait. Important thing this morning was to be there when his motley crew drifted into the meeting, seated in his chair of state, clearly the monarch of all he surveyed, ready to call them to account for what they'd done with their meagre talents during his absence.
He turned the key in the ignition and heard the familiar ursine growl. The old Rover had much in common with its driver, he thought complacently. Bodywork crap, interior packed with more rubbish than a builder's skip, but – courtesy of the lads in the police garage – the engine would have graced a vehicle ten times younger and five times more expensive.
He put it into gear and blasted away from the kerb.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Midnight Fugue 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Yorkshire police Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel has healed from the injuries he received when a perp tried to kill him. However, even as he is returning to work after a stint at the Avalon Clinic, one thing remains the same: he is still a grump. However, even he is stunned when Gina Wolfe visits him with a personal request, as people avoid grouches not ask for a favor. Seven years ago her spouse Alex, a police officer was under an Internal Affairs investigation when he vanished; he was never found. Now as she is about to have him legally declared dead, she received a photo of Alex from a magazine looking very much alive. She asks Dalziel to investigate unofficially, which he does. The latest Dalziel and Pascoe police procedural is an incredible accomplishment by Reginald Hill as there are numerous subplots, strong characterizations and a fast-paced at times humorous story line, which is typical of the series, but all this occurs in 24 hours. Just another day for Dalziel and Pascoe but great frenzy fun for fans as Midnight Fugue will be on the short lists for sub-genre book of the year. Harriet Klausner
Romonko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe books can't come quickly enough for me. I just love this series, and I love the characters. In this book we see a vulnerable Dalziel trying to return to work after a lengthy time in hospital and recovery after he was blown up in a terrorist bomb. The book's action all takes place in a one day span so that adds to the tension and suspense. Hill is a master at setting a story and an awesome writer. Dalziel tries to help a woman find her long-gone husband to help a friend unofficially, and ends up in the middle of maelstrom with an English mobster, a brother and sister hit team and extra-marital affairs. The book, even though set in a one day period, goes back seven years when the woman's husband first disappeared and Hill effortlessly slips this into the present-day drama. There are actually four plot lines, and again Hill keeps them all going without losing a single thread. Great book and a truly wonderful series.
lynndp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent Dalziel and Pascoe story about the24 hours on a Sunday before Dalziel comes back to active duty after convalescing from a serious head injury. Quoting from the book jacket: "A Welsh tabloid journalist senses the story he's been chasing for years may finally have landed in his lap. A Tory MP's secretary suspects her boss's father has an unsavory history that could taint his son's prime ministerial ambitions. The ruthless entrepreneur in question sends two henchmen out to make sure the past stays in the past. And the lethal pair dispatched have some awkward secrets of their own." There's much more to the interconnected stories but Hill artfully spins them out with a stunning end that in retrospect fits to a T. This book is hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I have read several of the Dalziel and Pascoe series, but this one was set off with tight pacing and a taught story. As well written a murder procedural as I have encountered.
sandiek More than 1 year ago
Superintendent Dalziel is back from his recuperation. Caught in a terrorist blast, he spent time in a coma and the local criminals as well as his men thought he was a goner. Now, he is ready to come back, but is he the same Dalziel that has held sway and created terror for so many years before the blast? The day starts with a good-looking blonde asking for his help. Seven years ago, Gina Wolfe's husband disappeared without a trace. He was a police officer suspected of being corrupt when he disappeared. Now, someone is trying to make Gina think that he is still alive and ready to come back. She goes to Dalziel for help. Dalziel is willing to help, but also has other matters to consider. His second in command, Pascoe, seems to have taken to being the man in charge a bit too easily and he shows signs of not wanting to give up the power now that Dalziel is ready to come back. Dalziel sees other worrying signs; a suspicion from his peers that he is not fully recovered, that perhaps it's time for the king to be dethroned. There are also others who seem interested in what happened to Alex Wolfe. There's the local hot-shot reporter. An up-and-coming politician seems involved somehow, or perhaps it's just his father, a local gangster now gone respectable. Can Dalziel find Wolfe or what has happened to him before another tragedy occurs? Fans of the Dalziel-Pascoe series will be grateful for another chance to visit with this team of detectives. Reginald Hill has opened the door into the world of these Yorkshire detectives. Readers are comfortable visiting this world and eager to return whenever there is a new adventure to read. This book is recommended for readers who enjoy suspense and intricate plotting. Hill is a master at the top of his form and always a pleasure to read.
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skelley55 More than 1 year ago
Reginald Hill continues to build the character of Andy Dalziel in this book. As we get to know him better, we can appreciate the complexities of the Dalziel/Pascoe relationship. Andy concerns about his health, make him more accessible to the reader. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more installments in this series.