Friday, January 13, 2012

Crime Novelist Reginald Hill Has Died

Reginald Hill

The Guardian is reporting that crime novelist Reginald Hill has died. He was 75.

Hill is probably best known for his long-running series of DS Andy Dalziel and DI Peter Pascoe police procedurals set in Yorkshire, the characters of which appeared in 12 seasons of Dalziel and Pascoe on BBC.

Hill also wrote another series featuring private investigator Joe Sixsmith and a large number of stand-alones, including several under the pen name Patrick Ruell.

His books have won numerous literary mystery awards worldwide, and in 1995 he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement (Diamond Dagger) Award by the Crime Writers' Association.

Ian Rankin paid tribute to Hill, saying, "His plotting was elegant and his characters were larger than life," adding "[he was a] traditional crime writer, but with a modern sensibility."

(Related article: The Guardian.)


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