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Exit Lines (1984)

by Reginald Hill

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Series: Dalziel and Pascoe (8)

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Another excellent Dalziel and Pascoe story from the master of the British crime novel Three old men die on a stormy November night: one by deliberate violence, one in a road accident and one by an unknown cause. Inspector Pascoe is called in to investigate the first death, but when the dying words of the accident victim suggest that a drunken Superintendent Dalziel had been behind the wheel, the integrity of the entire Mid-Yorkshire constabulary is called into question. Helped by the bright but wayward DC Seymour, hindered by 'Maggie's Moron', the half-witted Constable Hector, Peter Pascoe enters the twilight and vulnerable world of the senior citizen - to discover that the beckoning darkness at the end of the tunnel holds few comforts.… (more)
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Exit Lines by Reginald Hill is part of the Dalziel and Pascoe series and as three old men die on a dark and stormy November night, we are left wondering how and why they met their fate. While one seems to have died during the course of a burglary, another died from a combination of a fall and exposure, and the third was a traffic accident, but at least one witness swears that a drunken Dalziel was the driver leaving the local reporters wondering if this is a police cover-up. Each elderly man left a dying statement that, instead of helping, actually made things even more confusing.

Although I am not this author's biggest fan, the plot here was interesting and complex. I found the author’s use of humour helped to keep the story on track. The issues of aging, death, and senility were used in a way that showed humanity and intelligence. Although Dalziel was mostly a background presence, Pascoe and others on the police team were able to bring the book to a satisfactory conclusion. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Oct 14, 2023 |
Three old men die on the same night: one in a road accident, one murdered and one apparently of exposure. While the last words of one man suggest that Detective Superintendent Dalziel might have been driving the car involved in one death, Detective Inspector Pascoe must try to unravel the causes in all three deaths, without Dalziel’s guidance…. "Exit Lines" is the eighth novel in Hill’s Dalziel and Pascoe series, and one that I found rather more literary than some of his other works; of course, that might just be because each chapter is headed with the final words from a well-known figure from history (Hill provides a handy run-down of who said what) and, in another clever twist, each quote itself provides a clue to the content of the chapter. Neat. I think one can dive into these books at any point, although it’s always preferable to read a series in order; this one might be my favourite of the series so far. ( )
  thefirstalicat | Nov 17, 2016 |
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Another excellent Dalziel and Pascoe story from the master of the British crime novel Three old men die on a stormy November night: one by deliberate violence, one in a road accident and one by an unknown cause. Inspector Pascoe is called in to investigate the first death, but when the dying words of the accident victim suggest that a drunken Superintendent Dalziel had been behind the wheel, the integrity of the entire Mid-Yorkshire constabulary is called into question. Helped by the bright but wayward DC Seymour, hindered by 'Maggie's Moron', the half-witted Constable Hector, Peter Pascoe enters the twilight and vulnerable world of the senior citizen - to discover that the beckoning darkness at the end of the tunnel holds few comforts.

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