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Reginald Hill paints a graphic picture of life as a coal miner. The community of Burrthorpe is one made up of miners and their families. They have been through a harrowing strike during which they made enemies of the local police. Apart from the usual characters that make up the Dalziel and Pascoe series, like Sergeant Wield and Ellie Pascoe, the main people in this book are these villagers. Years earlier a small girl disappeared and the police closed the case blaming a pedophile who had committed suicide and confessed to similar crimes.
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Now a local journalist is digging into this case and raking up new evidence which may point to a local miner who was last seen with the child, and who is also dead following a fall down a pit shaft, which may have been suicide or murder but was classified as an accident. This man's son has returned to town and is a general troublemaker who hates authority. When his direct supervisor is murdered he is the first suspect. Hill fills his books with many twists and turns and we end up with a most unexpected ending.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, British Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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