The Price of Butcher's Meat.
This is the installment I missed between Death Comes for the Fat Man and Midnight Fugue.
Although I always enjoy Hill's Dalziel & Pascoe series, this is one of my favorites so far. After Superintendent Andy Dalziel has come through his coma and been released from the hospital, he bows to pressure and goes to a convalescent home to continue his recovery.
Fat Andy is such a larger-than-life character, and not only in physical girth. His crude and politically incorrect observations are often intentionally startling and usually hilarious. I adore him in literature, even knowing that I would probably be unable to tolerate him in real life. He is a modern Falstaff, but one less likely to meet the same fate.
The novel is presented in a different format that includes the emails of an amusingly insightful and satiric young woman and the recordings of the big man himself. Franny Roote makes another appearance which certainly surprised me, but Franny has played a part in quite a few of the D & P novels.
Good characterization as usual, interesting plot, and wonderful use of language. Even more literary allusions than usual. I'm not sure how Hill manages to do this without sound pedantic, but he does.
As I mentioned, I enjoyed this book even more than usual. Hill remains one of the best and most literate authors in the genre of crime fiction/police procedural/mystery.
Fiction. Mystery. 2008. 519 pages.