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Reginald Hill

The Woodcutter

Reginald Hill The Woodcutter
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Wolf Hadda’s life has been a fairy tale. From his humble origins as a Cumbrian woodcutter’s son, he has risen to become a hugely successful entrepreneur, happily married to the woman of his dreams.

A knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison while protesting his innocence, abandoned by friends and family, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later, prison psychiatrist Alva Ozigbo makes a breakthrough. Wolf begins to talk, and under her guidance he is paroled, returning to his family home in rural Cumbria.

But there was a mysterious period in Wolf’s youth when he disappeared from home and was known to his employers as the Woodcutter. And now the Woodcutter is back, looking for the truth—and revenge. Can Alva intervene before his pursuit of vengeance takes him to a place from which he can never come back?

The Woodcutter is a treat that both lovers of the Dalziel and Pascoe series and newcomers to the always masterful work of Reginald Hill will devour.

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‘There’s nothing drab about this dark and compelling novel.”

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“[A] tour de force.”

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“A consummate yarn spinner, Hill draws on myth and metaphor to embroider this tightly crafted tale.”

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“An outstanding novel of force and beauty.”

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“Another gem from the creator of Dalziel and Pascoe. Rich characterisation, sparkling dialogue and wry humour flavour the text. . . . Verdict: exquisite”

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“Devilishly clever British crime writer….A nifty plotter who switches points of view and locales often enough to keep the tension on the upswing.”

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“Evokes the spirit of storytellers from Dumas and Dickens to Jeffery Deaver and Jeffrey Archer.”

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“He’s lost none of his sardonic wit, punch and complexity… The result is an epic, unbeatable mystery.”

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“Hill combines an edgy tale of betrayal and revenge with the trappings of a modern-day fairy tale in this sly, enchanting stand-alone.”

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“Hill’s plotting…is brilliant, the jokes first-rate, the prose supple: it’s his humble awe at the power of the English language that enables him to be a minor master of it.”

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“His storytelling is always bewitching, his turns of phrase wonderful. . . . The Woodcutter is as much literary as crime novel, but always a page turner.”

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“Offers vivid characters, an intricately constructed but nimble narrative…and enough tasty crumbs of information to lure us deeper and deeper into a fairy tale that has gone horribly wrong.”

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“Reginald Hill’s books are as good as crime fiction gets and this one is as good as he gets.”

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“Reginald Hill…turns a contemporary crime of greed into a timeless morality tale….Hill’s storytelling is its own delight, a fun house of shifting timelines and multiple perspectives.”

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“Sly, enchanting…[with] strong characters that complement the fast-paced, unpredictable plot.”

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“There is something of the fairytale about The Woodcutter, a big, fat mystery which has the enduring power of a myth. . . . The heights of the Dalziel & Pascoe series aside, Hill has never written a better book.”

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"Thefertility of Hill's imagination, the range of his power, the sheer quality ofhis literary style never ceases to delight." —Val McDermid,author of Fever of the Bone

In a stand-alone psychological thrillerfrom acclaimed mystery master Reginald Hill, a mysterious ex-con returns to hisremote childhood home on a deadly hunt for revenge. Combining the chillingatmospheres of Thomas Harris’s The Silence of the Lambs, the narrativeingenuity of P.D. James’s The Private Patient, and the compellingcharacterizations of Hill’s own Dalziel and Pascoeseries, Hill delivers a frightful, fast-paced study of suspense at its mostsinister in The Woodcutter.


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