Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Detective writer Reginald Hill dies

The author of the Dalziel and Pascoe detective books, Reginald Hills has died at the age of 75.  A teacher before becoming a full-time writer, Hill won the Crime Writers Association's Golden Dagger in 1990 for Bones and Silence, and five years later the Diamond Dagger for the series.

Hill's first book, A Clubable Woman, was published in 1970 and in 2010 it was shortlisted for the Lost Man Booker Prize.

Hill’s detective series about Andrew Dalziel and Peter Pascoe, was turned into a popular television series in 1996 and starred Warren Clarke and Colin Buchanan.

Hill was hailed as a "fine writer and a great wit" by fellow crime author Ian Rankin.

Crime writer Mark Billingham also paid tribute to Hill, a writer he said he admired and looked up to. He described him as "one of the most lovely men you could ever meet" and "an amazing writer" still at the height of his powers.

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