Fell of Dark by Reginald Hill

By Reginald Hill

First released in nice Britain through HarperCollins Publishers in 1971

A friendship renewed; a wedding going bitter; Harry Bentick heads for the Lake District now not understanding if he’s entering into seek of whatever or operating away.

Then ladies are stumbled on murdered within the excessive fells, and by surprise there’s doubtless approximately it.

He’s running.

Set in his local Cumberland, this was once Reginald Hill’s first actual novel, a special combination of detective tale, mental mystery and Buchanesque experience that was once to put the foundation for lots of books to come back, taking him into the pinnacle ranks of British crime fiction.

‘One of Britain’s so much regularly very good crime novelists’
—Marcel Berlins, the days

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Not possible,” said Daumier. “The building has been sold several times over. M. Rideau has left the country. ” Beryl and Jordan sat in stunned silence. So that was Daumier’s theory, thought Beryl. That her mother had a lover. Once or twice a week she would meet him in that attic flat on Rue Myrha. And then her father found out. So he killed her. And then he killed himself. She looked up at Richard and saw the flicker of sympathy in his eyes. He believes it, too, she thought. Suddenly she resented him simply for being here, for hearing the most shameful secret of her family.

He moved toward her, his face still hidden in shadow. “Who reared you, then? ” She smiled. “‘Reared’ is a bit of an exaggeration. Uncle Hugh gave us a home, and then he pretty much turned us loose to grow up as we pleased. Jordan’s done quite well for himself, I think. Gone to university and all. ” Richard moved closer—so close she thought she could see his eyes glittering above her in the darkness. ” “The wild one,” he murmured. ” He touched her face. With that one brief contact, he left her skin tingling.

So am I. ” “How is Marie St. ” “A few scratches, bruises. ” “Semtex. The upper apartment was completely demolished. ” “There was a telephone call shortly after the blast. It was a man, said he belonged to some group called Cosmic Solidarity. ” “Cosmic Solidarity? ” “Neither have we,” said Daumier. ” Yes, Richard knew only too well. Any wacko with the right connections could buy a few ounces of Semtex, build a bomb, and join the revolution—any revolution. No wonder his business was booming. In this brave new world, terrorism was a fact of life.

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