Item description for Who Guards a Prince (Felony & Mayhem Mysteries) by Reginald Hill...
Who would sever a tongue from a living mouth? Or kill a pathetic, homeless old man? Or terrify a young doctor into silence? The questions are piling up, and Doug McHarg can't stop asking them, even -- especially -- when he's warned off his inquiries by his boss in the local police force, by Scotland Yard, and by increasingly professional death-threats. The pattern that emerges is of a shadowy, immensely powerful organization, with a reach that extends to the White House and the English throne. And all that stands against them is the implacable McHarg -- one discontented copper with little left to lose. Best known for his award-winning series featuring Dalziel and Pascoe of the Mid-Yorkshire CID, in Who Guards a Prince Reginald Hill takes on a different kind of cop and a very different bad guy. The Philadelphia Inquirer called the book "a good old-fashioned thriller," but in truth, that doesn't begin to describe the ride.
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Reginald Hill is a native of Cumbria and a former resident of Yorkshire, the setting for his novels featuring Superintendent Dalziel and DCI Pascoe. Their appearances have won him numerous awards, including a CWA Gold Dagger and the Car-tier Diamond Dagger Lifetime Achievement Award. The Dalziel and Pascoe stories have also been adapted into a hugely popular BBC TV series.
Reginald Hill lived in Cumbria. Reginald Hill was born in 1936 and died in 2012.
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Who Guards the Prince Sep 16, 2008
Introduced to Dalziel and Pascoe on TV and now being a firm devotee I own all of the Reginal Hill's books. I found the last written, a D & P," A cure for all diseases" to be a struggle as the story changed from text to email.. A neat twist in the reading of this book was the annoying habit of the writer to follow the old rule i before e except after c. Which writer? Read the book.
"Who guards the Prince", the earliest of Mr Hills published novels is a pleasant introduction to the author. His main character Inspector McHarg is beautifully handled whilst the introduction of English Royalty was a neat touch. The black character Granda Connolly is so unspeakably bigotted as to become detestable reading, ie worth skipping!. With a number of deaths keeping the detective busy it was with regret that Grandar managed to survive the last rites. A real gruesome end for the old Cyclops would have left me happier! All in all a must if would be readers collect authors. If just interested in collecting Dalziel & Pascoe, "Who guards the Prince" is very easy to read or equally one to leave.
Terrific writing by a mystery master Dec 27, 2007
Most readers know Reginald Hill for the Pascoe and Dalziel series that has established the author as one of the best mystery writers of the past 20 years. "Who Guards a Prince" is one of Hill's early, pre-Pascoe/Dalziel stories that thankfully has recently been republished. This is a literate, engaging and at times, terrifying story of conspiracy and blackguardness that leaves you thinking that it all is quite plausible in this day and age. The book's hero is Douglas McHarg, a tough police inspector who has hit some pretty tough times because of his nonconformist approach to his profession (and life in general). While this might sound uncomfortably familiar--how many of this type inhabit the average mystery/crime story?--McHarg is an original in many ways. But the book's strongest point is the intricate plot line that author lays out that is sophisticated and never insulting to the reader's intelligence. The characters here are also wonderfully drawn--large, but not overly so. This is one of the best mysteries I've read in a long time. Highly recommended.
Unexpected plot from Reginald Hill Aug 20, 2006
If you are familiar with the Dalziel and Pascoe books this book will really surprise you. It will also frighten you. What if it really could happen? The heroes and the villains are very believable. It makes for a true thriller. I enjoyed it.