The Price of Butcher's Meat (2008) Though he's been nicked by a bomb, the Fat Man (a.k.a. Andy Dalziel, detective superintendent) will live for another book — that is, if he… 2008-11-04 Fiction Mystery and Thriller HarperCollins
Book Review

The Price of Butcher's Meat (2008)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Nov 04, 2008; Writer: Reginald Hill; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: HarperCollins

Though he's been nicked by a bomb, the Fat Man (a.k.a. Andy Dalziel, detective superintendent) will live for another book — that is, if he can survive his stay at the Avalon Clinic. For one thing, it's difficult to nip out for a pint in this small English seaside town. For another, bodies are turning up at an alarming rate, and the clinic director seems to be tied to all of them. Reginald Hill provides his usual deeply satisfying whodunit, but The Price of Butcher's Meat's structure — which intersperses 
e-mail messages with regular chapters — is a little confusing at first. Fans of the Fat Man are in for a treat, but newcomers should start with an earlier book, such as A Clubbable Woman. B+

Originally posted Dec 10, 2008 Published in issue #1026 Dec 19, 2008 Order article reprints