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On Beulah Height: Hill, Reginald

On Beulah Height

Hill, Reginald

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ISBN 10: 0385332785 / ISBN 13: 9780385332781
Published by Delacorte Press, New York, 1998
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Bound in mauve boards backed with blue cloth; spine titles stamped in gilt. First American edition with the full number line present. Laid in is an ALS from Hill, dated Sept. 17, 1998, thanking the book's former owner for his signature request, and enclosing a a signed sticker, now affixed to the title page. No other marks or writing. A clean, tight copy in a dust wrapper with no wear (no rips, chips or clips). The jacket is now in mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 122889

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Title: On Beulah Height

Publisher: Delacorte Press, New York

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed By the Author with Signed Letter Also

Edition: First Edition (stated).

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"Reginald Hill," writes the Dallas Morning News, "is not only a talented writer of detective fiction, he is a shrewd observer of human nature." Now, in On Beulah Height, Hill uses riveting psychological detail to create a chilling tale about the powerful need to be loved, its blind desires and hopes, its illusions and truths...and its deadly consequences.

With modernity raising its ugly head in Yorkshire, the grand idea of the Water Board was to flood a local valley to make a reservoir.  Of course they had to bulldoze the homes of Dendale, the farming town inconveniently situated in that valley, first, and relocate the families.  That was when the children began to disappear.

Andy Dalziel was a young detective in those days, and he took the case hard.  Three little girls were missing in all.  No bodies were ever found, and the best suspect, a strange lad named Benny Lightfoot, was held for a time, then released.  The only child that escaped an attack, a plump, dark-haired girl named Betsy, said it was Benny who grabbed her.  But he escaped so cleanly, even Dalziel couldn't find him.

Twelve years later, with one of the driest summers on record, the ruins of Dendale have begun to reappear in the reservoir.  And the child-snatching has started again.  Dalziel, older, wiser, and more caustic, is determined to get his man this time.  But his partner Peter Pascoe soon has a life-and-death problem with his own daughter distracting him.  Now, as the threads of past and present wind tightly into a chilling mosaic of death and vengeance, a drowned valley begins to yield up its secrets--of bones, memories, and desire--until the identity of a killer rests on what a small child saw and what another, now grown, feared with all her heart to remember....

From the Publisher:

Praise for the Dalziel/Pascoe novels:

"The real joy of the Dalziel/Pascoe books is the writing and the characterizations. Mr. Hill has such disparate writers as Trollope, Beerbohm, Sayers and Shaw in his blood."
--The New York Times

"A lot of people write classic detective stories, but Reginald Hill is one of the elite few who write classy classics."
--The Baltimore Sun

"Hill blends civility and madness in a most agreeable way."
--New York

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