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

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There was no sign of life. But not for a second did Pascoe admit the possibility of death. Dalziel was indestructible. Dalziel is, and was, and forever shall be, world without end, amen. Everybody knew that. Therein lay half his power. Chief constables might come and chief constables might go, but Fat Andy went on forever.

Caught in the blast of a huge explosion, Detective
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by HarperCollinsPublishers (first published 2007)
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Sian Wadey
The Death of Dalziel by Reginald Hill

I'm a massive fan of Dalziel and Pascoe, and have practically grown up watching the TV series. However, I didn't realise they were books until I found one in a charity shop.
It was probably the wrong Dalziel and Pascoe book to start with, but nevertheless it was brilliant. For me, Dalziel and Pascoe will always be Warren Clarke and Colin Buchanan, so I had no problem picturing them. The dialogue was really well written and several times I laughed out loud, wh
DEATH COMES FOR THE FAT MAN (aka The Death of Dalziel) (Pol Proc-Dalziel/Pascoe-England-Cont) – VG+
Hill, Reginald, 22nd in series
Harper Mystery, 2007, US Paperback – ISBN: 9780060821432

First Sentence: Mill Street never much of a street…

Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe is summoned from his backyard hammock to assist his partner Superintendent Andy Dalziel (Dee-ell). Constable Hector saw two men in a video store, one who seemed to have a gun. The story is on the counter-terrorist watch list. Dalziel,
Wow! How did I miss Reginald Hill!? This was fantastic: great characters, interesting plot, great writing. Gotta love a man who sends me to the dictionary. Good turns of phrase, too, my favorite being: "a smile touched [his:] lips without getting a grip..." Sometimes coming in on the middle of a series leaves you in the dark, but I never felt that with this book. The characters were so vividly drawn that I was completely involved in their stories. My only quibble is that some key plot twists dep ...more
Feb 14, 2011 That70sheidi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, humor, series, 2011
I chose this book because the title made me laugh, and the blurb on the back was intriguing. I LOVE this book because it's truly well done.

Even though the reader's actual knowledge of the titular character is done through flashbacks and quotes, I love the guy. I cannot wait to go back in the series and start from the beginning, Fat Andy rocks. And it's testament to Hill's ability to properly characterize that a first time reader absolutely got the sense of, of all things, a man in a coma!

The ot
Paul Curd
Although I've followed the adventures of Dalziel and Pascoe on TV, this is the first Reginald Hill book I've read. It's alleged that, unlike Colin Dexter with John Thaw's Morse, Reginald Hill does not approve of Warren Clarke playing Andy Dalziel in the TV adaptations of his novels (he isn't fat enough to play the Fat Man for a start). Hill denies it, of course (or at least he denied it in a recent interview I read), but his latest book represents a formidable challenge to the TV adapters. For t ...more
Jul 02, 2008 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, united-kingdom
Two mutton pasties, an almond slice and a custard tart are not the normal order that a superior officer would give to a subordinate faced with a possible armed siege. But then, Andy Dalziel's never been one for all that official mucking about and Hector's never been one that anybody really believes. Number 3 Mill Street, an Asian and Arab specialist Video store, is an address flagged for low level interest by the Combined Anti-Terrorism Unit. Inspector Ireland's not convinced that Dalziel is tak ...more
May 26, 2012 Macha rated it really liked it
4 & 1/2 stars. 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 ca
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

This was a good book to listen to. Excellent narrator and the story fairly romped along.

This is #22 in Reginald Hill's popular Yorkshire series of Dalziel and Pascoe.

Caught in the full blast of a huge explosion, Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel lies on a hospital bed, with only a life support system and his indomitable will between him and the Great Beyond.

His colleague, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe, after recovering from his injuries, is determined to bring those responsibl
Oct 17, 2009 Diane rated it really liked it
Shelves: mature-reads
A 'brilliant' murder mystery from the UK, and not focused on London. Interesting insight into modern day England, its conflicts and deverse ethnic groups. Character-based rather than plot, its part of a series. Character humor, good dialogue, not gruesome or sensational. You want to be chums with these fellows.
Mar 19, 2014 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly entertaining, witty, full of literary quotes and allusions, and with a cast to die for. There are plenty of brilliant reviews of this excellent book, so I won't go on at any length about it. Suffice to say Hill never puts a foot wrong in this book, and there's not a word that's unnecessary.
Joanna Warrens
Feb 03, 2014 Joanna Warrens rated it it was amazing
Shelves: february-2014
I can't believe I am almost done with this series. Another great novel from Hill. I really enjoyed it-like meeting old friends. Only two to go. I am so sad that Hill dies and Dalziel and Pascoe are almost done as well.
Laura Parsons
Apr 24, 2009 Laura Parsons rated it it was amazing
I adore Andy Dalziel. I had to slow down on this book because I did not want it to end. Andy's comatose thoughts were PERFECT Dalziel - funny...vulgar...sweet...unbelievably touching.
Sep 13, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it
This is the first of this author's books that I have read. It is about an English detective working a case that involves terrorists and a secret society of vigilantes. It is well written, but contains a lot of British slang. I liked the book, and I intend to read more of this author's works. There are few editing errors, and a few loose ends that are deliberately left dangling at the end, so they do not significantly detract from the story. Characters are well developed and dialog is crisp. Humo ...more
David F.
Oct 04, 2014 David F. rated it liked it
Reginald Hill is one of those authors who is always trying something new in his Dalziel and Pascoe mysteries -- most often in terms of structure. This 22nd novel in the series uses the parallel story structure of several previous entries in the series but the big innovation is sidelining his star, D.S. Andy Dalziel, comatose following a bomb blast soon after the beginning of the novel. This novel focuses on D.I. Peter Pascoe as he venture into the world of anti-terrorism, investigating the explo ...more
Aug 14, 2010 Sskous rated it did not like it
half way through. good beach reading. my prediction: it's gonna be the good guys who are the bad guys.

yep. i'm done. and it was the good guys who were made to be the bad guys. I'm tired of this nonsense; we ought to get warning labels: Warning, a politically correct novel: all Moslems are good guys; all Christians/soldiers (whatever) are evil. Just tell me up front. Hill just got my last dollar. Note: it's not that there are not bad guys among us; there definitely are! it's helpful to remember t
Oct 02, 2008 Susy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Each of the novels in the series is different, but the tongue in cheek mood of Hill’s writing is present in almost everyone, and this is no exception. Dalziel might be in a deep coma but he cannot lie supine in his bed, he must fly over the book, by sheer size making Pascoe move in the right direction. So Peter takes this investigation in the bull like manner of Andy: by theft, lies, and every outrageous way one doesn’t expect of him. I was expecting to give the book a 5 and my reluctance was st ...more
Jan 13, 2015 Jim rated it liked it
Shelves: british-crime
Andy Dalziel (usually pronounced Dee-elle), a large English detective and Peter Pascoe, his better educated (and it's presumed, classically handsome) subordinate are two characters that Reginald Hill has used in a number of murder mysteries. He usually uses them in a way that allows him to make clever digs about class and education in the UK, while they solve crimes there.

This book is slightly different. Dalziel is severely wounded (and spends the remainder of the book in intensive care) when an
Feb 06, 2010 rabbitprincess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: D+P fans
Shelves: gift-card, 2010
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Jan 13, 2015 Alice rated it liked it
I like this series very much, and this is a particularly nuanced, rich example. I like the colorful Yorkshire characters and of course Fat Andy, even when he is not really present, is a literally larger than life personality. Wonderfully plotty. I love it that Dalziel spouts literary quotations all the time.
Catherine Hill
Sep 20, 2007 Catherine Hill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I could hardly put this one down. Several mystery writers have dealt with the current terrorism and anti-Islamic crisis. I suppose fiction flies under the radar, because nobody has denounced these varied viewpoints yet.
Hill is always multi-faceted. Here we have second and third generation British Muslims, some of whom seem to have a distinctive British view of the Prophet. Then there is the whole range of human reaction, official and unofficial, to terrorist acts.
At the center as always are Andy
An unexpected explosion sent Andy Dalziel to deep coma, when Peter Pascoe forced to act alone against a group of terrorists that certainly had a mole planted in Pascoe 19s investigation team. An intense page turner, plot as good as ever, but there is something amiss without Dalziel 19s constant sarcasm that ususlly throughout the pages.
Rog Harrison
Apr 01, 2016 Rog Harrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this on 5 January 2008 and I had wanted to read again for some years but for some reason it was never available in the library. I felt that the author really hit his stride with this series in the 1980s and the stories got better and better until "On Beulah Height" in 1998. After that I felt his next few books tried to be a bit too clever and complicated but that this book was a real return to form as were the next two books in the series before his death. This is an exciting and of ...more
Jul 13, 2014 Jean rated it really liked it
This modern take on the Brits and terrorism has all of the elements of a good read: interesting characters, smart dialogue, and quick moving plot. The disadvantage for American readers is that the characters engage in witty reparte [sic] which is particular to the UK culture and for which Americans have no reference point, so much is missed. Despite that, it is an enjoyable and fast paced thriller mystery.
May 21, 2009 Clare rated it really liked it
This is my third book by Reginald Hill. His books have lots and lots of characters. In reading this one, I actually kept track (on paper) of all the different characters as they were woven into the plot. Once again (as with others of Hill's books) the plot is quite complex. Even at the end, I had quite a time figuring out exactly who did what. This book is for those who really enjoy a good mystery, one with lots of characters who might have "done it." Andy Dalziel, the "Fat Man" of the title is ...more
Jeremy Goldstein
Mar 18, 2008 Jeremy Goldstein rated it liked it
My mom loaned me this mystery, and I'm glad she did. While an inner jacket plug that compares Mr. Hill favorably to P.D. James is far too kind, this was a very enjoyable novel. I'll admit, at least some of the enjoyment for me came from the frequent use of British slang, which I always find amusing. But a solid plot, characters who were interesting and usually believable (no absurd mental leap made by the hero, as is often used in mysteries), and a clever way of sharing Dalziel's experiences whi ...more
Shonna Froebel
Nov 17, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it it was amazing
The 22nd in the Dalziel and Pascoe series brings in the element of terrorism. When a police officer thinks he's seen a gun in a video shop, assistance is called in. Dalziel is on duty and Pascoe is called from home in case it is a hostage situation where his negotiation skills might be needed. When the shop explodes, Dalziel is hit badly, but Pascoe has less severe injuries. With Dalziel in a coma, Pascoe is determined to find out what was behind it, but sees intrigue and suspects everywhere. Th ...more
Sharon Enright
Jun 28, 2015 Sharon Enright rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I read this several months ago, and really don't remember much. Except it is a good British police procedural, and Reginald Hill is a good writer
Erica Hudson
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Feb 25, 2009 J.R. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries
This 22nd adventure in the series has the redoubtable Andy Dalziel (pronounced 'Deal' for those not familiar with the series) lying at death's door after what is at first assumed to be an accidental explosion in a suspected terrorist storehouse.

Dalziel's colleague, Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe goes against friends, his wife and even the Secret Service to find those responsible for the injury to his friend. The trail leads Pascoe to the Templars, a mysterious vigilante group which appears to have
Aug 05, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Love him; think this is the one where Ellie does an upsetting thing at the end, but good overall
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Reginald Charles Hill is a contemporary English crime writer, and the winner in 1995 of the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement.

After National Service (1955-57) and studying English at St Catherine's College, Oxford University (1957-60) he worked as a teacher for many years, rising to Senior Lecturer at Doncaster College of Education. In 1980 he retired from
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