Fell of Dark
First released in nice Britain by means of HarperCollins Publishers in 1971
A friendship renewed; a wedding going bitter; Harry Bentick heads for the Lake District now not understanding if he’s entering into seek of whatever or operating away.
Then ladies are stumbled on murdered within the excessive fells, and by surprise there’s without doubt approximately it.
Set in his local Cumberland, this used to be Reginald Hill’s first actual novel, a different mix of detective tale, mental mystery and Buchanesque event that used to be to put the basis for lots of books to come back, taking him into the pinnacle ranks of British crime fiction.
‘One of Britain’s so much regularly first-class crime novelists’
—Marcel Berlins, the days
Of tea and left. I free my knapsack and pulled out the grease-proof paper packet of sandwiches. Then stopped with it part means out. under it lay my hat, well unfolded with the crown performing as a type of sack or help for the sandwiches. the item used to be, besides the fact that, that my hat, produced from a few phenomenally effective weigh down- and crease-proof fabric, have been rolled up right into a cylinder and thrust down the facet while I had packed that morning. My property were unpacked and changed.
in view that I arrived on the station. I went via issues conscientiously then. not anything was once lacking, yet now my suspicions were aroused, i spotted many small goods which have been misplaced. The knapsack had absolutely been searched. I sat for a very long time considering why. I by surprise started to suppose that concerns have been leaving my keep an eye on. yet once more, the understanding of my innocence made me snicker satirically at myself and my overdramatization of occasions. Then I ripped open the sandwich packet and commenced consuming.
Door open,’ I acknowledged. ‘I knew you’d come,’ she stated. ‘I’m the 7th bastard of a 7th bastard.’ Now the police, disturbed via their failure to web me, have been retracing their paths. ‘No, I’ve noticeable nothing,’ she acknowledged. ‘I see. nonetheless through yourself?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘I notion you’d be off on Monday? Didn’t you are saying you have been simply right here for the weekend?’ ‘I replaced my mind.’ ‘I see. good, be cautious, ma’am. All on your own the following. I don’t are looking to fear you, yet this guy can be dangerous.’ ‘I should be.
Weakened situation, i started thrusting on the door with my shoulder. ‘Mr Bentink.’ I spun around in terror. It used to be Mervyn. ‘Mr Bentink.’ ‘Open the door, Mervyn.’ i may infrequently comprehend my very own voice. ‘Mr Bentink. You’ve bought to assist me. I don’t understand what occurred. It wasn’t correct. It wasn’t what I thought.’ ‘Open the door, Mervyn, please.’ Had Sam stirred? No, it used to be simply nerves. ‘I’d by no means performed it earlier than, no longer appropriately. Sam had. Sam informed me what it was once like. And I’d examine it. And.
Led me out of the kitchen into the most corridor. We needed to step conscientiously around Mervyn’s physique. i didn't care to seem. We sat down on not easy chairs of a similar kind which Mervyn had smashed over my again. Melton provided me certainly one of my very own cigarettes, taking them from my pocket while he observed my ineffectual makes an attempt to extract the packet. Then he leaned ahead and changed his spectacles to the uttermost tip of his nostril. ‘Now, Mr Bentink,’ he acknowledged. I famous in that ‘now’ the beginnings of a lengthy,.