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A Clubbable Woman (1970)

de Reginald Hill

Sèrie: Dalziel and Pascoe (1)

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Mary Connon was a small-town femme fatale, eager to test her allure on any man between 6 and 60. When she's found dead in her own living room, her husband--the one bloke to whom she never blew a kiss--comes instantly under suspicion. But Andy Dalziel, the gloriously vulgar savant of the Mid-Yorkshire police force, has some other ideas, and all of them center on the local rugby club--the town's social center, and Mary Connon's preferred hunting ground.… (més)
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Very quaint, small regional rugby club, pubs, mid-sized town police.
This book would be improved by 33% reduction. The middle was a hard slog.
Denouement required objects and people that had not appeared prior to that time.
Neanderthal depictions of men's reactions to women, but secondary characters have loving relationships where women are valued. ( )
  feeling.is.first | Jul 1, 2020 |
I love all of Reginald Hill's books, and especially the long-running Dalziel and Pascoe series, but until very recently I'd never read this first in the series. It's thirty-seven years old, for instance, and the series had developed so far that this was bound to be a disappointment. I need not have worried. All the Hill trademarks are there: the tight-knit community with its hidden undercurrents of ill-feeling; a complex web of intrigues; more twists than a Dales byway. ( )
  enitharmon | Jan 14, 2019 |
I love all of Reginald Hill's books, and especially the long-running Dalziel and Pascoe series, but until very recently I'd never read this first in the series. It's thirty-seven years old, for instance, and the series had developed so far that this was bound to be a disappointment. I need not have worried. All the Hill trademarks are there: the tight-knit community with its hidden undercurrents of ill-feeling; a complex web of intrigues; more twists than a Dales byway. ( )
  enitharmon | Jan 14, 2019 |
I read on EYEJAYBEE's thread a while ago that this was the first of the Dalziel and Pascoe police procedurals, and as I loved the TV shows, I thought I'd give it a try. The reprint I received through paperbackswap was put out by felonyandmayhem.com, the imprint that grew out of one of my favorite bookshops, Partners & Crime, now, alas, closed. But the publishing imprint remains, and it looks like they are building their list. Hooray.

This first in the series is quite good, with lots going on and more hinted at, although Hill states he had no thought of a series when he wrote it. I learned a (very) little about rugby, a bit more about the inevitable and disruptive building booms in the British Isles, and a lot about how people can be nasty by nature. If a hint of misogyny puts you off, this isn't a book for you, but I think it might accurately represent a smallish community centered on a game like rugby with its masculine biases set in a class-conscious society. The denouement is quite original. ( )
1 vota ffortsa | Jul 4, 2018 |
Over the years I have read, and enjoyed, many of Reginald Hill's series of crime novels featuring Superintendent Andy Dalziel and his protégé Detective Sergeant (later Inspector) Peter Pascoe. As a pairing they formed a powerful fictional partnership: the gruff, often almost Neanderthal (and determinedly unreconstructed) Dalziel, raised in the 'school of hard knocks' complementing the younger Pascoe's university education and essentially liberal views. That contrast was, paradoxically strengthened by the odd occasion when their roles seemed to be reversed, with Dalziel showing uncharacteristic sensitivity and emotional acuity, while Pascoe suffers lapses into Dalziel's capacity for caustic coarseness.

The initial books translated well to the small screen, with Warren Clarke admirably capturing Dalziel's extravagant grotesqueness, capably assisted, or as frequently resisted, by Colin Buchanan as Pascoe. Unfortunately, as so frequently happens with television adaptations, the embarrassing, and all too often politically incorrect, aspects of Dalziel's character were ironed out, no doubt with a view to protecting the worldwide sales where that aspect of British humour might not play so well. The later books, however, retained their glorious rumbustiousness. I came to the series in mid-flow, so to speak, first encountering the partnership probably five or six novels on from their debut. Reginal Hill had, by that stage, found his stride, and I was captivated straight away.

A Clubbable Woman is the first in the series, set around the local rugby club in the unnamed mid-Yorkshire town (represented by Leeds in the subsequent TV version), and mired in the rivalries and aspirations of the members. Sam Connon is nearing forty and had thought that his playing days, in which he had once looked set to play for England until untimely injury intervened, were over. Against his better judgement, however, he is persuaded to turn out for the club's fourth team one Saturday afternoon, and sustains a blow to the head in a scrum. Dazed and confused, he withdraws from the game, and, after a quick 'medicinal' dram at the bar, he heads home, aware that he is already late for the evening meal with his wife. When he returns home, his wife is sitting in front of the television, and ignores him when he calls through a greeting to her. Still feeling ropey, he goes upstairs to lie down for a while, waking up a few hours to find that his wife is still downstairs, but closer inspection shows that she is dead, having been clubbed with a blunt instrument.

Dalziel, himself a member of the rugby club, and Pascoe end up investigating, and it soon emerges that there are a number of bruised and sensitive egos within the club, and that any semblance of team unity is merely a brittle carapace concealing seething and violent passions and hatreds. This all contributes to an overwhelming sense of gloom from which even Dalziel's gallows humour is powerless to rescue it. Even the plot lacked the watertight quality that came to characterise later books in the series.

While I was interested to discover the genesis of Dalziel, I was left feeling relieved that this had not been my first encounter with the series. If this had been the first Dalziel and Pascoe book that I read, it would also have been the last, and I would have missed out on a lot of fun. ( )
1 vota Eyejaybee | Mar 2, 2018 |
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Mary Connon was a small-town femme fatale, eager to test her allure on any man between 6 and 60. When she's found dead in her own living room, her husband--the one bloke to whom she never blew a kiss--comes instantly under suspicion. But Andy Dalziel, the gloriously vulgar savant of the Mid-Yorkshire police force, has some other ideas, and all of them center on the local rugby club--the town's social center, and Mary Connon's preferred hunting ground.

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