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

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Award-winning author Reginald Hill returns with a stunning new novel featuring his popular Yorkshire policemen 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...more
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by HarperCollinsPublishers (first published 2007)
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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,...more
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...more
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
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...more
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
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...more
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
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.
Laura Parsons
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.
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
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...more
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
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...more
Feb 06, 2010 rabbitprincess rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: D+P fans
Shelves: gift-card, 2010
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Carolyn Injoy
Jul 16, 2014 Carolyn Injoy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Reginal Hill fans
This was a puzzling book to me.

I think it was because it examined in depth, the interior life of the two main characters. It wasn't always clear whether they were dreaming or experiencing in real life.

The will to live is explored. Events observed while the Inspector is in a coma are valid & portrayed accurately. I know, I've been there. It takes a LOT to be called back to a body wracked with pain.

It was an almost four star read.
Catherine Hill
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...more
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.
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.
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
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
Joanna Warrens
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.
Shonna Froebel
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
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...more
David Hammons
I liked it, kinda slow but I get through most mysteries pretty quick and this one took me several days of reading. It is obviously a series and I did not start at the beginning, maybe some more character development occurred in earlier books because kind of just assumed you knew a lot of things. The story was compelling a detective bumped up into a higher level and trying to figure things out while feeling shut out. the terrorism angle was cool.
I put off reading this one because I so enjoy the Dalziel/Pascoe mysteries that the thought they might end made me verklempt! However, once the next one came out I realized I could proceed....since Dalziel is grievously wounded at the very beginning of this, most of the novel centers around Pascoe, although there are some very entertaining episodes that come from Dalziel's subconscious? spirit? as he lies in a coma battling for his life. As usual with this series I learned several new words and...more
Reginald Hill is one of only two mystery writers whom I never tire of. Chritie, Sayers, Peters, Perry, Grafton, Mosley...I kept reading all of them after the charm had worn of, just because they provided reliable escape reading. But Hill, along with Elizabeth George, writes such richly developed characters and intruiging stories--and in Hill's case, with so much great humor--that I am amazed with each new book at how good it is. Death Comes for the Fat Man ls as good as I was expecting, and that...more
I'm quite fond of all the Dalziel/Pascoe mysteries by Reginald Hill, and one of the things I like best is that Hill seems to come up with a different format, conceit, or structure for each book. I suppose it's a way of keeping boredom at bay when one has a very successful series that readers want to keep on reading. Here, Dalziel, after a bombing, lingers between life and death and Pascoe must investigate the bombing on his own (with a little help from Ellie). One of my Best Books of 2007.
So-so.A bit tedious
Reginald Hill's mysteries always give good value for the time spent with them and this one is no different. Snappy dialogue, lots of British off-color (words many of which I don't know), plus Hill's amazing vocabulary make for enjoyable reading. And Pascoe's relationship with his boss (Andy D) and his wife is always charged with both humor and humanity. The cast of characters is always interesting --- this time focusing on a terrorist cell operating in mid-Yorkshire.
When I saw the title of this Dalziel & Pascoe book I thought it was going to be curtains for Fat Andy Dalziel. I don't want to spoil anything for fans of this series, so I'm not saying whether he survives or not. What I will say is that this is a highly topical book, concerning as it does terrorists and counter terrorists, and that readers of this genre would not be disappointed in this novel.

Reginald Hill is my favourite current detective author.
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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.

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