The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill

The Woodcutter

byReginald Hill

Kobo ebook | November 2, 2010

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A fast-moving, stunning new stand-alone psychological thriller from the award-winning author of the Dalziel and Pascoe series.

Wolf Hadda's life has been a fairytale. From humble origins as a woodcutter's son, he has risen to become a hugely successful entrepreneur, happily married to the girl of his dreams. But knock on the door one morning ends it all.

Universally reviled, thrown into prison while protesting his innocence, abandoned by friends and family, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later prison psychiatrist Alva Ozigbo makes the breakthrough. Wolf begins to talk and under her guidance gets parole, returning to his rundown family home in rural Cumbria. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's youth when he disappeared from home and was known to his employers as the Woodcutter. And now the Woodcutter is back, looking for the truth — and with the truth, revenge. Can Alva intervene before his pursuit of vengeance takes him to a place from which he can never come back . . . ?

From the Hardcover edition.

Reginald Hill has received Britain's most coveted mystery writers award, the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, as well as the Golden Dagger, for his Dalziel/Pascoe series. He lives in Cumbria, England.
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Title:The WoodcutterFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 2, 2010Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385669364

ISBN - 13:9780385669368

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Woodcutter A good Reginald Hill story with interesting characters, excellent research and a fast-moving plot. A good diversion over a number of cold winter evenings
Date published: 2014-03-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Woodcutter Not Hill's best and somewhat of a "Boys Own" story. A beach book at best.
Date published: 2013-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hill's best and sadly last book I took this book with me last year on a winter holiday, and read it all the way, some of the pages even a few times. It's a beautiful story, incredibly believable, while the characters are so alive, each one different from another; you have the feelings that you can see and touch them. The main character, Wolf, is so lovable, in spite of his faults and sometimes lack of manners. I have read almost all R. Hill's books, but this one is amongst his best. I just can't believe that he could right so good; you cannot see that it's a made up story, really feels very much written from experience (although I suspect not). Don't miss to read it.
Date published: 2012-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crime Fiction at its Best Reginald Hill took a bold departure from his usual Dalziel/Pascoe stories, and it paid off big time. I lost sleep because I could not stop turning pages. It's the story of a woodcutter - a rugged loner who falls in love with the modern day princess of the castle in a small English town. She sets him three impossible tasks, which he goes off and performs so that she might marry him. Turns out, not such a wise choice. This book is actually so modern that it starts in the past and ends in the future - in 2018, to be precise. But it's not futuristic in tone. It's more like a unique, twisted fairy tale. I love Hill's portrayal of human flaws with such utter lack of judgment. His characters curse like the best of them, they screw around with each others wives, they murder and conspire against each other. And with Hill's enlightened pen, I find myself forgiving most of them. I didn't love the ending, though it had its own kind of poetry. Maybe I just wasn't ready to close my e-reader just yet. I wanted more. I think this was Hill's last book before he died. I've thoroughly enjoyed every Dalziel/Pascoe book I've read, but this, for me, is that kind of masterpiece that all of us crime writers hope to write one day. A success on every level.
Date published: 2011-03-19