There Are No Ghosts In The Soviet Union Author:Reginald Hill A man is shoved into an elevator on the 7th floor of Moscow's Gorodok Bldg. Four eye-witnesses see him fall through the perfectly solid floor. Yet there is no body at the bottom of the shaft. A ghost? Certainly not in the Soviet Union, a society based on "figures and facts, historic inevitability and economic practicality." Just how would Inspec... more »tor Lev Chislenko go about this investigation?
A crew assembles to make a movie of the popular Dalziel and Pascoe mystery An Advancement of Learning. What could go wrong? Or perhaps a better question would be: What couldn't? Especially with the novel's author on the scene.
A soldier in France during world War I finds his training camp an incomprehensible nightmare, where a man who loses a thumb on the firing range is deemed lucky. As a corporal incessantly torments him, a strange and intense relationship develops between them which ends with a mordant fatal twist.
In these and the three other stories comprising this new gathering, the first since Pascoe's ghost, Reginald Hill displays in the shorter form all the trenchant wit, insight into human nature and mastery of his craft that he demonstrates in his novels. Whether ironic or dramatic, satirical or terrifying, each tale is a riveting part of a collection of unusual range and depth.« less