Exit Lines - Dalziel and Pascoe, Bk 8 Author:Reginald Hill Three old men die on a stormy November night: one by deliberate violence, one in a road accident and one by an unknown cause, — Inspector Pascoe is called in to investigate the first death, but when the dying words of the accident victim suggest that a drunken Superintendent Dalziel had been behind the wheel, the integrity of the entire Mid-Yorks... more »hire CID is called into question.
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.« less
It can't just be mere coincidence when three elderly men die violently on the same rainy night. One succumbs on a muddy playing filed muttering "Polly", another goes under in his bath gasping out the name "Charley!" The third chap, run down by a car, lives long enough to blurt out three understandably churlish expletives...their final words may be the clues to their sudden deaths..but do they point to murder?
Naturally, Detective-Inspector Peter Pascoe is looking for foul play, but he must tread lightly to avoid stepping on some very big toes belonging to none other than his boss, Detective-Superintendent Dalziel...who is playing a most suspicious part in this three-case drama of the old men who died saying their exit lines.
A rare read...manages to be tender and moving while being a novel of clever detection.