Death Comes for the Fat Man by Reginald Hill

deathcomesforthefatman2.jpgThe latest in the long-running series featuring the Rabelaisian Dalziel and his sober sidekick, Pascoe, has a political theme this time, with a mischievous nod toward DaVinci Clone nonsense. A vigilante group modeled on the Knights Templar is taking the war on terror into its own hands, and as they detonate a bomb in an Asian’s shop Fat Andy gets knocked sideways into a coma. As Andy hovers between worlds, Pascoe is detailed to an anti-terrorist unit where nothing is above-board. Excellent writing – with lots of patented exclamation points! Though Hill is as playful and baroque as always, there’s a kernel of white-hot anger simmering inside.

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