On Beulah Height
By Reginald Hill
(Dell, Mass Market Paperback, 9780440225904, 560pp.)
Publication Date: September 7, 1999
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Into thin air...
Three little girls, one by one, had vanished from the farming village of Dendale. And Superintendent Andy Dalziel, a young detective in those days, never found their bodies--or the person who snatched them. Then the valley where Dendale stood was flooded to create a reservoir, and the town itself ceased to be . . . except in Dalziel's memory.
Twelve years later, the threads of past and present are slowly winding into a chilling mosaic. A drought and dropping water table have brought Dendale's ruins into view. And a little girl has gone missing from a nearby village. Helped by Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe, an older, fatter, and wiser Dalziel has a second chance to uncover the secrets of a drowned valley. And now the identity of a killer rests on what one child saw . . . and what another, now grown, fears with all her heart to remember . . . .
Reginald Hill has been widely published both in England and in the United States and has been justly compared with P.D. James and Ruth Rendell. He received Britain's most coveted mystery writers award, The Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, as well as the Golden Dagger, for his Dalziel/Pascoe series. Reginald Hill writes thrillers under the name of Patrick Ruell. He lives with his wife in Cumbria, England.
A New York Times Notable Book
"A multilayered masterpiece . . . A flawless blend of mystery, ghost story, and psychological thriller."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Part murder mystery, part meditation on the love and loss of children, [On Beulah Height] keeps us baffled on the one count while touching deep, distressing feelings on the other."
--The New York Times Book Review