Death Comes For the Fat Man

A Dalziel and Pascoe Mystery

Publisher: Seal Books
There was no sign of life. But not for a second did Pascoe admit the possibility of death. Dalziel was indestructible. Dalziel is, and was, and forever shall be, world without end, amen. Chief constables might come and chief constables might go, but Fat Andy went on forever.

Caught in the full blast of a huge explosion, Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel lies on a hospital bed, with only a life support system and his indomitable will between him and the Great Beyond. His colleague, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe, is determined to bring those responsible to justice. Pascoe suspects a group called
The Templars, and the deeper he digs, the more certain he is that The Templars are getting help from within the police force.

The plot is complex, the pace fast, the jokes furious, and the climax astounding. And above it all, like a huge dirigible threatening to break from its moorings, hovers the disembodied spirit of Andy Dalziel.

From the Paperback edition.


Some talk of ALEXANDER
And some of HERCULES;
Of HECTOR……..…….…..
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“Brilliant. . . . If that Fat Man survives, it will be to face a newer, harsher world, one in which a pint and a bacon buttie aren’t enough to fend off death.” — The Globe and Mail

“Hill delivers his usual bundle of literary treats, from a single fragrant reference to Voltaire to the voluptuous visions of earthly delights Dalziel clings to as he hovers near death. Characters major and minor march boldly through the dense plot, confident of being remembered for their singular personalities and inexhaustable verbal resources, … Death Comes for the Fat Man is far more politically pointed than Hill’s usual witty intellectual puzzles. . . . It does seem, waiting for the fat man to die, as if we’ve come to the end of the civilized detective story, if not the end of the civilized world.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Hill’s novels are really dances to the music of time, his heroes and villains interconnecting, their stories entwining.” Ian Rankin

From the Paperback edition.