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Ruling Passion (1973)

by Reginald Hill

Series: Dalziel and Pascoe (3)

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'One of the modern masters of the police procedural' Sunday Telegraph Peter Pascoe is in shock. A weekend in the country with old friends turns into a nightmare when he finds three of them dead and the missing fourth a prime suspect in the eyes of the local police. They want his cooperation, but Superintendent Dalziel needs him back in Yorkshire where a string of unsolved burglaries looks like turning nasty. As events unfold, though, the two cases seem to be getting entwined...… (more)
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Detective Sergeant Peter Pascoe and his girlfriend Ellie are heading to a small village to visit friends, but when they arrive they find three of their friends dead and the fourth missing, presumed guilty of the crime by the local police. Pascoe has to serve as a witness rather than being involved in the investigation, but of course it is impossible for him not to go looking for answers, no matter the price….I don’t know how I managed to miss this, the third book in the Dalziel and Pascoe series, given that I’ve been reading them in order for about the last 2 years and have had this book on my shelf for ages. It’s a bit strange going so far back in the series, particularly as the last Dalziel and Pascoe book that I read was the next-to-last in the series as a whole; while Pascoe seems pretty fully characterized here (and Dalziel too, though in a much smaller role), Ellie doesn’t seem nearly as fierce as we know she is! Still, a good read as ever; recommended! ( )
  thefirstalicat | Jan 4, 2018 |
This story describes the development of the relationship between Dalziel and Pascoe as well as with Pascoe and Ellie. The crime had a personal element for Pascoe and he struggled to remain professional. But although it begins well, the story became somewhat muddled and lost impetus. Not Hill’s best work. ( )
  VivienneR | Jan 23, 2017 |
This was OK but it had too many characters who weren't differentiated enough. I lost track of who was who and who had done what. ( )
  infjsarah | Jul 16, 2016 |
Loved the writing style - smart, funny and visual. This is the first of the series that I've read (#3 in the series) and will definitely read more from this author. FInally good writing, great character development and the perfect English countryside landscape. Terrific book ( )
1 vote anglophile65 | Mar 8, 2016 |
Just okay, really. It started well, but then slowed down and grew muddled. Keeping the two main detectives separated didn't really help, either. Having read some later books in the series, I know better is coming. ( )
  Laura400 | May 18, 2014 |
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Search then the ruling passion: there, alone, The wild are constant, and the cunning known; The fool consistent, and the false sincere; Priests, princes, women, no dissemblers here. This due once found unravels the rest... --Alexander Pope
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For Pat again--with love and thanks
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Well, hello, Peter Pascoe!
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'One of the modern masters of the police procedural' Sunday Telegraph Peter Pascoe is in shock. A weekend in the country with old friends turns into a nightmare when he finds three of them dead and the missing fourth a prime suspect in the eyes of the local police. They want his cooperation, but Superintendent Dalziel needs him back in Yorkshire where a string of unsolved burglaries looks like turning nasty. As events unfold, though, the two cases seem to be getting entwined...

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