The Woodcutter, however, is a stand-alone novel and not part of the Dalziel and Pascoe series.
Wolf Hadda comes from a pretty common background, then there are several missing years. When he returns, he gets the girl he wants, a Knighthood, and becomes very, very rich.
His perfect world comes apart one morning when the police storm his house and accuse him of having child pornography on his computer. Absolutely certain that he doesn't, he gives them permission to comb through his computer, where...of course, they find pornography.
An unbelieving Wolf (a man with a short temper at the best of times) lashes out at the policeman in charge. Things go from bad to worse when his attorney (and supposed friend) proves to be more hindrance than help.
His life continues to deteriorate, partly from his own actions, and Wolf ends up badly disfigured and crippled from an accident, and eventually convicted crimes he didn't commit.
A reviled man, he spends seven years in prison. When a new psychiatrist arrives at the prison, she eventually manages a break-through in Wolf's claims of innocence and gets Wolf released on a British version of parole. Wolf Hadda (who had done some reading about denial and about the psychiatrist) is determined to discover who was involved in setting him up and why. Pay back, is in order.
I was glued to the pages. So different from the Dalziel and Pascoe novels (which I adore), The Woodcutter is an excellent novel!
Other reviews/opinions: Auntie Em, Kittling: Books, My Shelf Confessions,
Fiction. Drama/Mystery/Thriller. 2011. 528 pages.