Book: Dialogues of the Dead

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Dialogues of the Dead

Author: Reginald Hill
Publisher: Delacorte Press

In the Beginning was the Word…And the Word was Murder.

A motorist dies after plunging off a bridge…. A motorcyclist is found dead after a fatal encounter with a tree. Two apparently innocuous tragedies…until two Dialogues are submitted to a local literary competition, claiming responsibility for the deaths. But has anybody heard the Word?

When a beautiful, unscrupulous journalist meets her Maker in fact, and then in fiction, as victim of The Third Dialogue, Dalziel and Pascoe take note and find themselves involved in a deadly duel of wits against an opponent known only as the Wordman: a brilliant sociopath who leaves literary clues in his wake…and who hides in plain sight.

Contestants, are you ready?

Reginald Hill’s books consistently combine wordplay and sleuthing, but the Master is in superb form in Dialogues of the Dead. There are enough clues to make a patchwork quilt, but in this test of wills just who is playing against whom?

Is it the Wordman versus the police? Or the killer against his victims? Or is the real game between you, dear reader, and Reginald Hill himself, at his most intriguing, most enticing, most elusive best? Just when you think you have your killer, guess again. Someone may have conceived the perfect crime.

Let the games begin…


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Yorkshire investigators Dalziel and Pascoe find themselves embroiled in a deadly duel of wits against a killer known only as the Wordman—a brilliant sociopath who leaves literary clues and dead bodies in his wake….

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