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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Reginald Hill (1936-2012)

Reginald Hill, the crime novelist who created Superintendent Andy Dalziel and Sergeant Peter Pascoe in his first novel, A Clubbable Woman, died on 12 January 2012 at the age of 75 after fighting cancer for a year.

Born Reginald Charles Hill in Hartlepool, Durham, on 3 April 1936, he was the son of Hartlepool United footballer Reg Hill, who moved his family to Cumbria when his young son was aged three. Hill was educated at Carlisle Grammar School and served with the Border Regiment in Göttingen, Germany, for his national service.

After studying English at St Catherine's College, Oxford, he became a teacher and lecturer. Whilst working full time at a teacher-training college in Doncaster, Hill began publishing novels, producing 18 in the 1970s as well as short stories and a TV play; he became a full-time writer in 1980.

Dalziel and Pascoe starred in a TV pilot featuring comedians Hale and Pace in 1993 but it was the later BBC series starring Warren Clarke and Colin Buchanan that everyone (thankfully) remembers.

Hill's output of over 40 novels encompassed thrillers (a number as Patrick Ruell), historical novels (some as Charles Underhill) and science fiction (as Dick Morland). Six of his novels featured private detective Joe Sixsmith. He was the winner of the Gold Dagger award from the Crime Writers' Association — for Bones and Silence — who also awarded him the Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement in 1995.

Hill lived in near Ravenglass in Cumbria and is survived by his wife, Pat (Patricia, nee Ruell, whom he married in 1960) and two brothers.

Obituaries: Daily Telegraph (14 January), The Guardian (14 January), The Independent (18 January).

PUBLICATIONS

Novels (Series: Dalziel & Pascoe; Joe Sixsmith)
A Clubbable Woman (Dalziel & Pascoe). London, Collins, 1970; Woodstock, Vt., Countryman Press, 1984.
Fell of Dark. London, Collins, 1971; New York, New American Library, 1986.
An Advancement of Learning (Dalziel & Pascoe). London, Collins, 1971; Woodstock, Vt., Countryman Press, 1985.
A Fairly Dangerous Thing. London, Collins, 1972; Woodstock, Vt., Countryman Press, 1983.
Ruling Passion (Dalziel & Pascoe). London, Collins, 1973; New York, Harper & Row, 1977.
A Very Good Hater, A Tale of Revenge. London, Collins, 1974; Woodstock, Vt., Countryman Press, 1982.
An April Shroud (Dalziel & Pascoe). London, Collins, 1975; Woodstock, Vt., Countryman Press, 1986.
Another Death in Venice. London, Collins, 1976; Woodstock, Vt., Countryman Press, 1987.
A Pinch of Snuff (Dalziel & Pascoe). London, Collins, 1978; New York, Harper & Row, 1978.
The Spy's Wife. London, Collins, 1980; New York, Pantheon, 1980.
A Killing Kindness (Dalziel & Pascoe). London, Collins, 1980; New York, Pantheon, 1981.
Who Guards a Prince?. London, Collins, 1982; as Who Guards the Prince?, New York, Pantheon, 1982; as Guardians of the Prince, London, Fontana, 1983.
Traitor's Blood. London, Collins, 1983; Woodstock, Vt., Countryman Press, 1986.
Deadheads (Dalziel & Pascoe). London, Collins, 1983; New York, Macmillan, 1984.
Exit Lines (Dalziel & Pascoe). London, Collins, 1984; New York, Macmillan, 1985.
No Man's Land. London, Collins, 1985; New York, St. Martin's Press, 1985.
Child's Play (Dalziel & Pascoe). London, Collins, 1987; New York, Macmillan, 1987.
The Collaborators. London, Collins, 1987; Woodstock, Vt., Countryman Press, 1989.
Underworld (Dalziel & Pascoe). London, Collins, 1988; New York, Scribners, 1988.
One Small Step (novella; Dalziel & Pascoe). London, Collins, 1990; New York, Delacorte, 1990.
Bones and Silence (Dalziel & Pascoe). London, Collins, 1990; New York, Delacorte, 1990.
Recalled to Life (Dalziel & Pascoe). London, HarperCollins, 1991; New York, Delacorte, 1992.
Blood Sympathy (Sixsmith). London, HarperCollins, 1993; New York, St. Martin's Press, 1994.
Pictures of Perfection (Dalziel & Pascoe). London, HarperCollins, 1994; New York, Delacorte, 1994.
Born Guilty (Sixsmith). London, HarperCollins, 1995; New York, St. Martin's Press, 1995.
The Wood Beyond (Dalziel & Pascoe). London, HarperCollins, 1996; New York, Delacorte, 1996.
Killing the Lawyers (Sixsmith). London, HarperCollins, 1997; New York, St. Martin's Press, 1997.
On Beulah Height (Dalziel & Pascoe). London, HarperCollins, 1998; New York, Delacorte, 1998.
Singing the Sadness (Sixsmith). London, HarperCollins, 1999; New York, Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's Minotaur, 1999.
Arms and the Women, An Elliad (Dalziel & Pascoe). London, HarperCollins, 2000; New York, Delacorte, 1999.
Dialogues of the Dead, or, Paronomania!, A Word Game for Two Players (Dalziel & Pascoe). London, HarperCollins, 2002; New York, Delacorte, 2002.
Death's Jest-Book (Dalziel & Pascoe). London, HarperCollins, 2002; New York, HarperCollins, 2003.
Good Morning, Midnight (Dalziel & Pascoe). London, HarperCollins, 2004; New York, HarperCollins, 2004.
The Stranger House. London, HarperCollins, 2005; New York, HarperCollins, 2005.
The Death of Dalziel (Dalziel & Pascoe). London, HarperCollins, 2007, as Death Comes for the Fat Man, New York, HarperCollins, 2007.
A Cure for All Diseases (Dalziel & Pascoe). London, HarperCollins, 2008, as The Price of Butcher's Meat, New York, HarperCollins, 2008.
The Roar of the Butterflies (Sixsmith). London, HarperCollins, 2008; New York, Avon Books, 2008.
Midnight Fugue (Dalziel & Pascoe). London, HarperCollins, 2009; New York, Harper, 2009.
The Woodcutter, London, HarperCollins, 2010; New York, HarperCollins, 2011.

Collections
Pascoe's Ghost and Other Brief Chronicles of Crime. London, Collins, 1979; New York, Signet, 1989.
There Are No Ghosts in the Soviet Union: A Novella and Five Short Stories. London, Collins, 1987; Woodstock, Vt, Countryman Press, 1988.
Asking for the Moon (Dalziel & Pascoe). London, HarperCollins, 1994; New York, Countryman Press, 1996. 

Novels as Dick Morland
Heart Clock. London, Faber & Faber, 1973; as Matlock's System by Reginald Hill, Sutton, Severn House, 1997.
Albion! Albion!. London, Faber & Faber, 1974; as Singleton's Law by Reginald Hill, Sutton, Severn House, 1997.

Novels as Patrick Ruell
The Castle of the Demon. London, Long, 1971; New York, Hawthorn Books, 1973, as The Turning of the Tide by Reginald Hill, Sutton, Severn House, 1999.
Red Christmas. London, Long, 1972; New York, Hawthorn Books, 1973.
Death Takes the Low Road. London, Hutchinson, 1974; New York, Mysterious Press, 1987; as The Low Road by Reginald Hill, Sutton, Severn House, 1998.
Urn Burial. London, Hutchinson, 1975; Woodstock, Vt., Countryman Press, 1987; as Beyond the Bone by Reginald Hill, Sutton, Severn House, 2000.
The Long Kill. London, Methuen, 1986; Woodstock, Vt., Countryman Press, 1988; as by Reginald Hill, London, HarperCollins, 1998.
Death of a Dormouse. London, Methuen, 1987; New York, Mysterious Press, 1987; as by Reginald Hill, London, HarperCollins, 1999.
Dream of Darkness. London, Methuen, 1989; Woodstock, Vt., Countryman Press, 1991; as by Reginald Hill, London, HarperCollins, 1997.
The Only Game. London, HarperCollins, 1991; Woodstock, Vt., Countryman, 1993; as by Reginald Hill, London, HarperCollins, 1999. 

Novels as Charles Underhill (series: Captain Carlo Fantom)
Captain Fantom: Being an Account of Sundry Adventures in the Life of Carlo Fantom, Soldier of Misfortune, Hard Man and Ravisher. London, Hutchinson, 1978; New York, St. Martin's Press, 1980.
The Forging of Fantom. London, Hutchinson, 1979.

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