Reginald Hill

  • Born: West Hartlepool, UK, 3 April 1936
  • Died: Ravenglass, UK, 12 January 2012

Reginald Hill was the greatest of the post-WWII writers, because of his ability to effortlessly combine plot, storytelling, characterisation, and theme, combining the puzzle plot of Carr, the literary wit of Innes and Sayers, the moral outrage of Bailey, and the naturalistic characterisation of the moderns.  His novels are long and complex, with plots often spanning decades and continents; the characters are at once naturalistic and mythic archetypes; humour and tragedy are provided in equal measure; and the solutions are, at their best, genuinely surprising and brilliantly clued.  His work is also marked by a rich, often bawdy sense of humour and playfulness lacking in other writers of this period.  In some ways, his works have echoes of Charles Dickens and Terry Pratchett, whom he admires, with their gusto and good humour, using a popular form to say something serious.


Bibliography

  1. A Clubbable Woman (1970; Dalziel & Pascoe)
  2. Fell of Dark (1971)
  3. An Advancement of Learning (1971; Dalziel & Pascoe)
  4. A Fairly Dangerous Thing (1972)
  5. Ruling Passion (1973; Dalziel & Pascoe)
  6. A Very Good Hater (1974)
  7. An April Shroud (1975; Dalziel & Pascoe)
  8. Another Death in Venice (1976)
  9. A Pinch of Snuff (1978; Dalziel & Pascoe)
  10. Pascoe’s Ghost (1979; Dalziel & Pascoe; short stories)
  11. The Spy’s Wife (1980)
  12. A Killing Kindness (1980; Dalziel & Pascoe)
  13. Who Guards a Prince? (1982)
  14. Traitor’s Blood (1983)
  15. Deadheads (1983; Dalziel & Pascoe)
  16. Exit Lines (1984; Dalziel & Pascoe)
  17. Child’s Play (1987; Dalziel & Pascoe)
  18. There Are No Ghosts in the Soviet Union (1987; short stories)
  19. Under World (1988; Dalziel & Pascoe)
  20. Bones and Silence (1990; Dalziel & Pascoe)
  21. One Small Step (1990; Dalziel & Pascoe)
  22. Recalled to Life (1992; Dalziel & Pascoe)
  23. Brother’s Keeper (1992; short stories)
  24. Blood Sympathy (1993; Joe Sixsmith)
  25. Pictures of Perfection (1994; Dalziel & Pascoe)
  26. Born Guilty (1995; Joe Sixsmith)
  27. The Wood Beyond (1996; Dalziel & Pascoe)
  28. Asking for the Moon (1996; Dalziel & Pascoe; short stories)
  29. Killing the Lawyers (1997; Joe Sixsmith)
  30. On Beulah Height (1998; Dalziel & Pascoe)
  31. Singing the Sadness (1999; Joe Sixsmith)
  32. Arms and the Women (2000; Dalziel & Pascoe)
  33. Dialogues of the Dead (2001; Dalziel & Pascoe)
  34. Death’s Jest-Book (2002; Dalziel & Pascoe)
  35. Good Morning, Midnight (2004; Dalziel & Pascoe)
  36. The Stranger House (2005)
  37. The Death of Dalziel (2007; Dalziel & Pascoe; published in the US as Death Comes for the Fat Man)
  38. A Cure for All Diseases (2008; Dalziel & Pascoe; published in the US as The Price of Butcher’s Meat)
  39. The Roar of the Butterflies (2008; Joe Sixsmith)
  40. Midnight Fugue (2009; Dalziel & Pascoe)
  41. The Woodcutter (2010)

As Patrick Ruell

  1. The Castle of the Demon (1971)
  2. Red Christmas (1972)
  3. Death Takes the Low Road (1974)
  4. Urn Burial (1975)
  5. The Long Kill (1986)
  6. Death of a Dormouse (1987)
  7. Dream of Darkness (1989)
  8. The Only Game (1991)