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Death's Jest Book

(2002)
(Book 20 in the Dalziel and Pascoe series)
A novel by

 
Reginald Hill's best-selling duo, Dalziel and Pascoe, return in this brilliant, complex and ultimately moving crime novel: 'Reginald Hill is probably the best living crime writer in the English-speaking world' -- Independent In T.L. Beddoes' play Death's Jest-Book, the dead won't lie still in the grave and the living often wish they could. And Reginald Hill's novel is much the same -- except perhaps for a few more jests. The dead-pan joker, Franny Roote, is working on his dead friend's unfinished biography of Beddoes, and with unfinished business between himself and DCI Pascoe to deal with as well. Three times Pascoe has been wrong about Roote. This time he's determined to leave no grave-stone unturned as he tries to prove that the ex-con and aspiring academic is mad, bad and dangerous to know. Meanwhile, Edgar Wield, Quixote-like, rides to the rescue of a child in danger, and finds he's got a rent-boy under his wing. In return, the boy tips him off about the heist of a pricesless treasure, and soon Wieldy's torn between protecting the boy and doing his duty. His superiors might have worries, but DC Hat Bowler's looking forward to a blissful New Year with the girl of his dreams. The trouble is that that girl is Rye Pomona and her dreams are filled with a horror too terrible to tell -- even though Charley Penn throws all his energies into trying to do exactly that. And over all this activity broods the huge form of Mid-Yorkshire CID's First Mover, DS Andy Dalziel. As trouble builds, the Fat Man discovers (as many deities before him) that omniscience can be more trouble than its worth, and that sometimes all omnipotence means is that you can have any colour you like, as long as it's black.

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Hardback Editions

September 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Death's Jest-Book
Author(s): Reginald Hill
ISBN: 0-06-052805-2 / 978-0-06-052805-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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February 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Death's Jest-Book
Author(s): Reginald Hill
ISBN: 0-385-65963-6 / 978-0-385-65963-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday of Canada
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January 2003 : UK Hardback

Title: Death's Jest-book (Windsor Selection)
Author(s): Reginald Hill
ISBN: 0-7540-1880-6 / 978-0-7540-1880-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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May 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: Death's Jest-Book
Author(s): Reginald Hill
ISBN: 0-00-712339-6 / 978-0-00-712339-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins Crime
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Paperback Editions

June 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Death's Jest-Book (Dalziel & Pascoe, Book 18)
Author(s): Reginald Hill
ISBN: 0-00-731320-9 / 978-0-00-731320-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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August 2004 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Death's Jest-Book
Author(s): Reginald Hill
ISBN: 0-06-052806-0 / 978-0-06-052806-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon
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January 2004 : Canada Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Death's Jest-Book
Author(s): Reginald Hill
ISBN: 0-7704-2924-6 / 978-0-7704-2924-9 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Seal Books
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November 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Death's Jest-Book (Dalziel & Pascoe Novel)
Author(s): Reginald Hill
ISBN: 0-7540-9249-6 / 978-0-7540-9249-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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March 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Death's Jest-Book (A Dalziel and Pascoe novel)
Author(s): Reginald Hill
ISBN: 0-00-712344-2 / 978-0-00-712344-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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May 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: Death's Jest-Book (Dalziel & Pascoe Novel)
Author(s): Reginald Hill
ISBN: 0-00-712341-8 / 978-0-00-712341-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins Crime
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Audio Editions

January 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Death's Jest-Book
Author(s): Reginald Hill
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   


January 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Death's Jest-Book
Author(s): Reginald Hill
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


August 2007 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Death's Jest-Book
Author(s): Reginald Hill
ISBN: 1-4074-9302-7 / 978-1-4074-9302-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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January 2007 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Death's Jest Book: Dalziel and Pascoe Series, Book 20
Author(s): Reginald Hill
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   


January 2007 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Death's Jest-Book: Dalziel and Pascoe Series, Book 20
Author(s): Reginald Hill
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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2004 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: Death's Jest-Book Featuring Dalziel and Pascoe [Unabridged]
Author(s): Reginald Hill
ISBN: 1-84505-184-X / 978-1-84505-184-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Clipper Audio
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2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Death's Jest-Book
Author(s): Reginald Hill
ISBN: 1-4193-4553-2 / 978-1-4193-4553-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
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Kindle Editions

July 2015 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Death's Jest-Book (Dalziel & Pascoe, Book 18)
Author(s): Reginald Hill
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon UK   


May 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Death's Jest-Book
Author(s): Reginald Hill
Publisher: Seal Books
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