'Deplorably readable' Observer Everyone knew about the kind of films they showed at the Calliope Club -- once the Residents' Association and the local Women's Group had given them some free publicity. But when Peter Pascoe's dentist suggests that one film in particular is more than just good clean dirty fun, the inspector begins to make a few discreet inquiries. Before they bear fruit, though, the dentist has been accused of having sex with an underage patient, the cinema has been wrecked and its elderly owner murdered. Superintendent Dalziel expects no more from professional men who watch blue films. But Pascoe has a hunch that this time Dalziel is way off target!
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A Dalziel and Pascoe crime thriller in which Pascoe's dentist airs his concerns about the unwholesome films being shown at the Calliope Club, and then the cinema is wrecked and its elderly owner is murdered. From the author of KILLING THE LAWYERS, THE WOOD BEYOND, PICTURES OF PERFECTION and BORN GUILTY.Review:
Splitting a main character into two parts that compliment and confound each other has worked well for mystery writers from Conan Doyle to Rex Stout (and for non-mystery writers such as Patrick O'Brian in his Aubrey/Maturin sea stories). Reginald Hill's unique contributions to this form are his books about two policemen in an unnamed city in Northern England, Detectives Dalziel (pronounced "Dee-al" in the TV version) and Pascoe. Both get to show off their strengths and shortcomings in this wonderfully macabre second book in the series; Dalziel's brawn and instinct meets Pascoe's intellect as the two investigate pornographic "snuff" films in which the actors really wind up dead.
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Book Description Harper & Row, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0060118768
Book Description Harper & Row, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060118768
Book Description Harper & Row, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060118768