RARA-AVIS: Re: Deadheads & the Laughing Policeman

From: caroli1975 ( karabair@gmail.com)
Date: 06 Jul 2007

I like Hill a lot. I'm curious what you disliked about the style. He writes procedurals, but I personally wouldn't consider him noir -- there's a psychological darkness to some of his work, but it doesn't really fit the noir sensibility. He's closer to P.D. James or Ruth Rendell. I'll admit that's a very odd book of his, too, to start with.

I remember liking "The Laughing Policeman" -- it's obviously influenced by the 87th Precinct, but there's a lot of originality too.
 The plot as I recall was fairly dated, but the book still holds up. I have heard great things about the TV show but never seen it.


--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, <funkmasterj@...> wrote:
> I just finished reading this book by Reginal Hill last night - I
thought it was terrible stylistically. I'm now reading the Martin Beck book the Laughing Policeman. I also wish I could get the TV series on DVD, I loved watching that on the international PBS channel.
> Jordan

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