The fact that "Fat Andy" Dalziel was in charge of the case 15 years ago when three little girls disappeared--and wasn't solved--has long bothered him. And now, another child has gone missing, which opens up old wounds and sets forth new ones. The Yorkshire villages are on edge, and threatening signs begin to appear, spray painted here and there. In "On Beulah Height" author Reginald Hill continues his excellent Dalziel and Pascoe series in top form. Years ago, Benny Lightfoot was the chief suspect. Dalziel didn't believe he was guilty and let him go. Then he disappeared. Now, it appears, he's back. This time, Dalziel vows, this one won't get through, and with the methodical, logical, and realistic approaches Hill provides, the CID superintendent finally "gets his man" in one of Hill's better thrillers.
This report prepared by Bill Hobbs