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Reginald Hill Biography

(1936– ), A Clubbable Woman, The Spy's Wife

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British crime writer, born in Durham, educated at St Catherine's College, Oxford. His crime stories fall into two groups: the first, beginning with A Clubbable Woman (1970), are police novels, set against a well described Yorkshire background, in which the detectives are the ill-matched pair Superintendent Dalziel and Sergeant (later Inspector) Pascoe; the second, of which perhaps the best is The Spy's Wife (1980), are not connected with one another, and though crime stories, do not necessarily contain an element of detection. Hill has also written a series of thrillers under the pseudonym Patrick Ruell, and, in his early career, science fiction and comic historical novels.

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