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“Sly, enchanting…[with] strong characters that complement the fast-paced, unpredictable plot.” (Publishers Weekly )

“He’s lost none of his sardonic wit, punch and complexity… The result is an epic, unbeatable mystery.” (Financial Times )

“Reginald Hill’s books are as good as crime fiction gets and this one is as good as he gets.” (Literary Review )

“An outstanding novel of force and beauty.” (The Times (London) )

“His storytelling is always bewitching, his turns of phrase wonderful. . . . The Woodcutter is as much literary as crime novel, but always a page turner.” (Keighley News (England) )

“There is something of the fairytale about The Woodcutter, a big, fat mystery which has the enduring power of a myth. . . . The heights of the Dalziel & Pascoe series aside, Hill has never written a better book.” (The Evening Standard (London) )

“Hill’s plotting…is brilliant, the jokes first-rate, the prose supple: it’s his humble awe at the power of the English language that enables him to be a minor master of it.” (Daily Telegraph (London) )

“A consummate yarn spinner, Hill draws on myth and metaphor to embroider this tightly crafted tale.” (The Age (Melbourne) )

“Another gem from the creator of Dalziel and Pascoe. Rich characterisation, sparkling dialogue and wry humour flavour the text. . . . Verdict: exquisite” (Herald Sun (Australia) )
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ISBN-10:  0062060740
ISBN-13:  978-0062060747
Author:  Reginald Hill
Publisher:  Harper
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review by . June 22, 2011
I really liked this book - a lot!
Reginald Hill, the best-selling author of the Superintendant Danziel and DCI Pascoe books and TV series, has hit a new high, a mountain top high, with this splendid, engaging, tension and event-filled novel. This is the kind of book that reviewers want to be especially careful not to disclose too much, so as not to destroy the enjoyment of revelation after revelation and adventure after adventure that Hill divulges just at the right time and in just the right way, sometimes with teasing and emotional …
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