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The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill
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Aug 14, 11

bookshelves: adult-fiction

I love the Dalziel and Pascoe mysteries -- this novel not so much. (Nonetheless, I did stay up last night until I finished it.) A young boy, a woodcutter's son, becomes a British millionaire with a title, a beautiful wife, and a mysterious past. It all falls apart when he is arrested and convicted of pedophilia and business fraud. What follows is a labyrinthine plot with many twists and turns and surprises -- and a fairy tale ending. In fact, the whole novel reads a bit like a fairy tale, with the contrasting settings of cozy woodcutter's cottage in the forest and the castle on the hill where his wife's family lives. Wolf, the protagonist, also seems more like a fairy tale character than a contemporary rags-to-riches hero. And why does the novel end in a not-so-distant future -- 2018?

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