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I thought this was a pretty good story though it took a while for me to get the three separate incidents being investigated straight in my head. I like the way Hill weaves in parts of his detectives lives with the themes in his tales. This book has a lot to say about the care of the elderly and this is reflected in Ellie Pascoe's parents problems as her father begins to show signs of senile dementia.
The story telling is, as ever, excellent, but I think Hill is beginning to really pick up at about this point in the series and I think the later books are just going to get better until I get back to where I started at the first Hill book I read, On Beulah Height. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Exit Lines by Reginald Hill.
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Three old men die on a stormy November night: Helped by the bright but wayward Detective-Constable Seymour, hindered by 'Maggie's Moron', the half-witted Constable Hector, Peter Pascoe enters the twilight and vulnerable world of the senior citizen - to discover that the beckoning darkness at the end of the tunnel holds few comforts.
Published December 1st by HarperCollinsPublishers first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Exit Lines , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Not too bad, with some surprising twists. Dalziel was a little too much in the background perhaps. I liked the very fitting "famous last words" quotes at the beginning of each chapter. But I had my usual problem with the very big cast of new characters, even bigger with three victims this time.
I don't think it's me, I had no trouble at all with all those Russians in "War and Peace" Oct 27, Mike rated it it was amazing. I heard this twice on CD while travelling from Dunedin to Christchurch and back, in When I say 'heard it twice' I mean that the first time I heard about the first 60 pages, and then didn't hear any more, and then on a second trip, heard about 90 pages, and still didn't hear any more. So rather than trying to listen to the rest - I'm not good at just sitting listening to CDs unless I'm lying in bed sick - I bought a copy of the book, started it yesterday and finished it today.
It's immensel I heard this twice on CD while travelling from Dunedin to Christchurch and back, in It's immensely readable, often very funny, and has a wonderfully complex plot.
There's a strong theme of the difficulties of old age - people with Alzheimer's, or trying to live on their own without family - and also the horror that many young people have for the idea of growing old. The story begins with the deaths of three old men, in fact; two of them may be accidents, the third appears to be the result of an attack. Nothing is quite like it seems, and the further the story goes, the more our original views about the deaths and their aftermaths are altered.
There are some wonderfully innocent people, and some surprisingly devious ones. There are some that appear suspicious and aren't, and some that appear to be all above board - and aren't. Hill holds out attention right to the end, even though we think we've got to grips with what's going on at an earlier point.
There are an endless number of lines that could be quoted one character, Mrs Spillings, is almost Dickensian in her speeches , but Hill reserves some of his best lines for the taciturn, and ugly, policemen, Wield a regular in the series of books.
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He also seemed to have been practising not moving his lips, so that the words came out of his slant and ugly face like a ritual chant through a primitive devil-mask. I've read some other Dalziel and Pascoe, but I think this remains my favourite. Update 1st November Listened to this again while travelling. I remains one of Hill's best, I think. May 03, Robert rated it really liked it. A 3 for 1 deal! Not much Fat Man in this one but he is implicated in one of the three deaths. Although there wasn't much I objected to in this one aside from the rather flimsy female characters, but that's pretty standard so far, something I hope will be rectified as the series progresses towards current day , I felt the plot didn't grab me.
It almost felt as though I was waiting for the climax, even at the end. I did like the way things came together for Dalziel, though I thought if it turned out he had done something bad it would make for some interesting conflict I also liked seein Although there wasn't much I objected to in this one aside from the rather flimsy female characters, but that's pretty standard so far, something I hope will be rectified as the series progresses towards current day , I felt the plot didn't grab me.
I also liked seeing more of my favourite stony faced officer, Sgt. Nov 09, Timothy rated it it was amazing. A clever opening presages a well written mystery involving geriatrics, smugglers, and villains. Hector, Wield, Pascoe, Seymour and Dalziel interact through a series of seemingly unrelated cases but are all drawn together in a satisfying conclusion. Sep 12, J.
Merwin rated it it was amazing.
I'm really enjoying this series by Reginald Hill, his characters are very well drawn, dialog is real and occasionally laugh out loud On a cold and storm-racked November night, while Peter and Ellie Pascoe were still celebrating with wine and wassail the first birthday which their daughter Rose had greeted with huge indifference, three old men, who felt far from indifferent, died. The local population has been decreased by the death of three elderly gentlemen in one night; one died of exposure on a playing field, one having been attacked in his bath, and one after being struck by a car possibly driven by Andy Da First Sentence: The court was careful to distinguish it from suicide, physician assisted suicide or euthanasia.
Safeguards against misuse are to be provided, through medical boards which will examine the relevance of the living will in the context of the clinical profile and prognosis. Judicial review is also a potential avenue for appeal. That decision must be upheld by a high court.
The Supreme Court has affirmed that the right rests with the individual, provided it is a rational decision stated in advance. We cannot decide when and how we will die but we can decide on how not to die. In writing such a living will, we can state the conditions under which we do not wish to have life support instituted or prolonged. By doing so, we spare ourselves the indignity of being traumatised by unhelpful medical interventions that doctors resort to from compulsion rather than conviction when dealing with a terminally ill person in a vegetative state.
Equally important, we can spare our loved ones the agony of helplessly watching us painfully waste away while being plagued by doubts on what they should do for us in that situation.
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Perhaps that is the best parting gift we can give them, even as we ease ourselves out of a life that is not worth being stretched further at the cost of prolonged suffering. A graceful exit is now possible, thanks to the Supreme Court.
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