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There Are No Ghosts In The Soviet Union

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A collection of short stories from Reginald Hill, the award-winning author of the 'Dalziel and Pascoe' novels.
Paperback, 330 pages
Published 2007 by Harper (first published 1987)
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Sep 13, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The long title story is superbly written - a ghost story that works down to the last detail. Some of the other stories are odd - one of them features a Dalziel and Pascoe novel (one that's been filmed as part of the television series), takes us behind the scenes of the fictional television filming of the book, and makes the actor playing Pascoe a pompous self-centred ass, who, with some hasty rewriting of the script, gradually pushes Dalziel into a very minor role. Hill turns up as a character a ...more
Oct 13, 2011 Laurie rated it liked it
A collection of longish short stories, the title story alone is well worth getting the book for. It helps if the reader has even a faint recollection or knowledge of what life in the Soviet Union was like (dull, doctrinaire, and you never knew who was watching/reporting on you to the authorities). A Moscow police detective is called to an apparent murder -- only there is no body, no perpetrator, and what four people in an elevator (lift) apparently saw was a ghost dressed in old-fashioned clothi ...more
I always enjoy encountering a short story collection by a novelist I've followed, especially a mystery novelist, because the constraints imposed by their usual "universe" are lifted, and even if the gathered material is necessarily more ephemeral, it's also more diverse and gives a stronger sense of the novelist's sensibilities.

This collection includes, memorably, a "meta" story about actors playing the Dalziel and Pascoe characters in a putative movie, with "the author" taking a major role; a b
Jules Jones
Collection of half a dozen crime stories first published in 1987, which has some bearing on the tone of some of them. The collection is laced with a biting humour, and some superb if sardonic observations of human nature.[return][return]My favourite in the collection is the eponymous novella, in which Inspector Lev Chislenko arrives at the scene of an accident at a government building in Moscow, where the witnesses say they saw a man in old-fashioned clothes fall down a lift shaft - only there i ...more
Rog Harrison
I am a great admirer of Reginald Hill's books about Dalziel and Pascoe and some of them number amongst my favourite books. However some of his other books I have not liked at all. This is a collection of six stories the longest of which gives its title to the book. I first read this about twenty years ago but I could not remember it and I was intrigued when I came across this in the library and saw "Featuring Dalziel and Pascoe" on the cover because I certainly did not recall any of the stories ...more
Apr 08, 2016 Mizloo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific short stories. The story in which he imagines a sequel to Austen's "Emma" is worth the price of the book - Becky Sharp reborn. the other stories are interesting, esp the one that starts at the end (with 4 people dead in the room) &then goes back to how it happened. He's a very cynical, very sharp, very funny observer of humanity's dark side.

It's out of print, but worth tracking down.
Mar 01, 2012 Liliana rated it really liked it
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I love Reginald Hill and these stories are brilliant.
The short story introducing Luton's finest was just like eating comfort food.
I had once read some comments Mr Hill had made about his writings being turned into film were he fielded the view that his characters lived in an alternate reality when filmed. The short story "The Auteur Theory" plays with different realities and the shadings and blurs between them.
In the first story Lev is a different character than Arkady Renko another Russian who
Sep 20, 2010 Beejay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oooh, what a superb collection of short stories. (Have to admit, I didn't realise it was a short story collection and was trying to work out the connection between what I took to be part 1, set in Russia, and part 2, the story of a PI hired to look for a missing cat. Luckily, by the end of the second story I realised I was reading under a misapprehension - or should that be miscomprehension - and was able to proceed to the third story without too much scratching of the head.)

Mr Hill is one very
Kirsty Darbyshire
Apr 11, 2011 Kirsty Darbyshire rated it it was ok
Shelves: paperback
I'm a fan of Reginald Hill's, but this collection of stories, first published in 1987, didn't really work for me at all. I think I was probably just in the wrong mood for them. I'll concede that they're all very clever, possibly too clever, usually I like that, but here it just seemed to miss the mark with me all the time.
Aug 28, 2011 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Discovered on a holiday villa bookshelf. First story (novella) is rather good and could easily have been expanded or filmed. Some of the other stories have interesting ideas but are not as well developed.
Jul 13, 2010 Terri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really didn't enjoy this one but this may have more to do with personal preference than usual. I've never been a fan of short stories. In fact, I can't remember one short story I've enjoyed.
Mar 14, 2011 Tiina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novella "There Are No Ghosts..." was a great read! And I liked the other short stories as well.
Dan Little
Nov 04, 2011 Dan Little rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good collection of stories.

Only got the last one to go.

Mar 31, 2011 Helen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
short stories, very dated, formulaic
May 11, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous stories!
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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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