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Hill, Reginald. DEATHS JEST BOOK - Harper Collins 2002

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Deaths Jest Book by Reginald Hill. 2002 - Harper Collins. For sale is a first edition, later printing. fine used hardback book in a fine dust jacket.

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For sale is a fine hardback copy of the novel, Deaths Jest Book by Reginald Hill, published in 2002 by Harper Collins.

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Title Deaths Jest Book
Author Reginald Hill
Publisher Harper Collins
Edition first edition, later printing
Copyright Year 2002
ISBN 0007123396
Cover Price 10.00
No. Pages 558
Dimensions 24 cm x 16 cm
Weight (kg) 1

The book is a first edition, later printing as evidenced by an incomplete numberline on the copyright page.

The book has black boards and silver lettering. The boards have no knocks or signs of wear. Internally there are no marks or inscriptions. The pages are clean and white, have no tears or creases, and the binding is tight and square.

The fine dust jacket is complete showing the original cover price of £10.

Overall a fine copy of a novel by a popular author.

The book is not an ex library book, it has no remainder marks or publisher's stamps.


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Reginald Hill

Reginald Hill is a native of Cumbria and a former resident of Yorkshire, the setting for his outstanding crime novels featuring Dalziel and Pascoe, 'the best detective duo on the scene bar none' (Daily Telegraph). His writing career began with the publication of A Clubbable Woman (1970), which introduced Chief Superintendent Andy Dalziel and DS Peter Pascoe. Their subsequent appearances, together with the adventures of Luton lathe operator turned PI Joe Sixsmith, have confirmed Hill's 'strong claim as our finest living male crime writer' (Sunday Telegraph)and won numerous awards, including the Crime Writers Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for his lifetime contribution to the genre.



Synopsis of this title

In T.L. Beddoes' play Death's Jest-Book, the dead won't lie still in the grave and the living often wish they could. And Reginald Hill's novel is much the same -- except perhaps for a few more jests.

The dead-pan joker, Franny Roote, is working on his dead friend's unfinished biography of Beddoes, and with unfinished business between himself and DCI Pascoe to deal with as well. Three times Pascoe has been wrong about Roote. This time he's determined to leave no grave-stone unturned as he tries to prove that the ex-con and aspiring academic is mad, bad and dangerous to know.

Meanwhile, Edgar Wield, Quixote-like, rides to the rescue of a child in danger, and finds he's got a rent-boy under his wing. In return, the boy tips him off about the heist of a pricesless treasure, and soon Wieldy's torn between protecting the boy and doing his duty. His superiors might have worries, but DC Hat Bowler's looking forward to a blissful New Year with the girl of his dreams. The trouble is that that girl is Rye Pomona and her dreams are filled with a horror too terrible to tell -- even though Charley Penn throws all his energies into trying to do exactly that. And over all this activity broods the huge form of Mid-Yorkshire CID's First Mover, DS Andy Dalziel.

As trouble builds, the Fat Man discovers (as many deities before him) that omniscience can be more trouble than its worth, and that sometimes all omnipotence means is that you can have any colour you like, as long as it's black.

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The Times
'One of Britain's most consistently excellent crime novelists.'

Andrew Taylor, Independent
'He is probably the best living male crime writer in the English-speaking world.'


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