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Who Guards a Prince?

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  95 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Who would sever a tongue from a living mouth? Or kill a pathetic, homeless old man? Or frighten a young doctor into silence? The questions are piling up, and Doug McHarg can?t stop asking them, even?especially?when he's warned off his inquiries by his boss in the local police force, by Scotland Yard, and by increasingly professional death-threats. The pattern that emerges ...more
Paperback, 338 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Felony & Mayhem (first published January 1st 1982)
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What a co-inky-dink! This thriller is so coincidence riddled as to make me think the fluttering of a butterfly's wing in Indonesia might actually affect the results of an election in Panama as well as what the serve for lunch at Apple Valley Middle School. Indeed, so much if this book was so laughable, the bounds of my willingness to suspend my disbelief was so stretched, and the writing so hackneyed that I can't imagine why I am giving it three stars. I was about to say it is because I liked so ...more
Reginald Hill, best known for his Daziel and Pascoe detective series, gives readers his take on the suspense-driven, international conspiracy thriller in Who Guards a Prince (1982). There are royals in danger, a secret society that involves Freemasonry, a sex and blackmail scheme to control an up-and-coming young senator with his eye on the presidency, and a little Fenian/Irish American plotting and counter-plotting just for good measure. The book is littered with bodies--people with their tongu ...more
I thought I had read all of Reginald Hill's books, but this is an early (1982) thriller. There are several characters and plot lines - a grieving British police officer whose wife has just died, his semi-estranged daughter, a young Irish-American woman and her brothers and grandfather, a minor member of the British royal family, and a secret society, renegade Freemasons running amok. Set in the UK and US, with a brief foray into Canada, the plot moves among all these places and characters, culmi ...more
Enjoyed the book. Interesting characters. Good pace. Perhaps a few too any coincidences, but otherwise good.
Another non-Dalziel/Pascoe from Hill except... McHargh is a bit Dalziel-y, with all the gruffness and ability to inspire terror (and lack of mortality) that The Fat Man has. The introduction of Evil Masonic Elements and the Royal Family were a bit much, but as with almost all of Hill's writing, I thoroughly enjoyed this!
If you like books about conspiracies in which shadowy figures with great power control current and future events by devious, amoral and violent means, then read this story and enjoy. I prefer to live with my ignorance believing and hoping that truth and justice are somewhere out there.
Not really a murder mystery, but an excellent novel about a tough cop.
This was okay, but the Dalziel and Pascoe novels are my favorites.
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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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