By Reginald Hill
"The fertility of Hill's mind's eye, the diversity of his energy, the sheer caliber of his literary kind by no means ceases to delight." —Val McDermid, writer of Fever of the Bone
In a stand-alone mental mystery from acclaimed secret grasp Reginald Hill, a mysterious ex-con returns to his distant youth domestic on a perilous hunt for revenge. Combining the chilling atmospheres of Thomas Harris’s The Silence of the Lambs, the narrative ingenuity of P.D. James’s the non-public sufferer, and the compelling characterizations of Hill’s personal Dalziel and Pascoe sequence, Hill gives you a frightful, fast moving research of suspense at its such a lot sinister within the Woodcutter.
Wolf Hadda’s lifestyles has been a fairy story. From his humble origins as a Cumbrian woodcutter’s son, he has risen to develop into a highly winning entrepreneur, fortunately married to the lady of his dreams.
A knock at the door one morning ends all of it. Universally reviled, thrown into criminal whereas protesting his innocence, deserted by means of family and friends, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later, felony psychiatrist Alva Ozigbo makes a leap forward. Wolf starts off to speak, and below her suggestions he's paroled, returning to his relatives domestic in rural Cumbria.
But there has been a mysterious interval in Wolf’s early life while he disappeared from domestic and used to be recognized to his employers because the Woodcutter. And now the Woodcutter is again, trying to find the truth—and revenge. Can Alva intrude prior to his pursuit of vengeance takes him to a spot from which he can by no means come back?
The Woodcutter is a deal with that either fanatics of the Dalziel and Pascoe sequence and beginners to the continuously masterful paintings of Reginald Hill will eat.
“Reginald Hill…turns a latest crime of greed right into a undying morality tale….Hill’s storytelling is its personal pride, a enjoyable condominium of moving timelines and a number of perspectives.” (New York instances publication assessment at the Woodcutter)
“Evokes the spirit of storytellers from Dumas and Dickens to Jeffery Deaver and Jeffrey Archer.” (Wall road magazine at the Woodcutter)
“Devilishly smart British crime writer….A nifty plotter who switches issues of view and locales frequently sufficient to maintain the stress at the upswing.” (Chicago Tribune at the Woodcutter)
“Offers bright characters, an intricately developed yet nimble narrative…and sufficient tasty crumbs of knowledge to trap us deeper and deeper right into a fairy story that has long gone horribly wrong.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch at the Woodcutter)
“[A] journey de force.” (People journal at the Woodcutter)
“Sly, enchanting…[with] powerful characters that supplement the fast paced, unpredictable plot.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
‘There’s not anything drab approximately this darkish and compelling novel.” (Kirkus stories at the Woodcutter)
“He’s misplaced none of his sardonic wit, punch and complexity… the result's an epic, unbeatable mystery.” (Financial Times)
“Another gem from the author of Dalziel and Pascoe. wealthy characterisation, glowing discussion and wry humour flavour the textual content. . . . Verdict: exquisite” (Herald solar (Australia))
“An amazing novel of strength and beauty.” (The instances (London))
“There is whatever of the fairytale concerning the Woodcutter, an immense, fats secret which has the iconic strength of a fantasy. . . . The heights of the Dalziel & Pascoe sequence apart, Hill hasn't ever written a greater book.” (The night average (London))
“Hill’s plotting…is extraordinary, the jokes exceptional, the prose supple: it’s his humble awe on the strength of the English language that allows him to be a minor grasp of it.” (Daily Telegraph (London))
“A consummate yarn spinner, Hill attracts on delusion and metaphor to embroider this tightly crafted tale.” (The Age (Melbourne))
“His storytelling is usually bewitching, his turns of word impressive. . . . The Woodcutter is as a lot literary as crime novel, yet continually a web page turner.” (Keighley information (England))
“Reginald Hill’s books are nearly as good as crime fiction will get and this one is nearly as good as he gets.” (Literary Review)
“Hill combines an edgy story of betrayal and revenge with the trimmings of a modern day fairy story during this sly, captivating stand-alone.” (Publishers Weekly)