Hill, Reginald (Charles) 1936-(Dick Morland, Patrick Ruell, Charles Underhill)

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HILL, Reginald (Charles) 1936-(Dick Morland, Patrick Ruell, Charles Underhill)

PERSONAL: Born April 3, 1936, in West Hartlepool, England; son of Reginald and Isabel (Dickson) Hill; married Patricia Ruell, August 30, 1960. Education: St. Catherine's College, Oxford, B.A. (with honors), 1960. Politics: "Agnostic." Religion: "Cynic."

ADDRESSES: Home—Oakbank, Broad Oak, Ravenglass, Cumbria CA18 1RN, England. Agent—A. P. Watt, 20 John St., London WL1N 2DR, England.

CAREER: Worked as a secondary school teacher in England, 1962-67; Doncaster College of Education, Doncaster, England, lecturer in English literature, 1967-82; full-time writer, 1982—. Military service: British Army Border Regiment, 1955-57.

MEMBER: Crime Writers Association, Mystery Writers of America.

AWARDS, HONORS: Edgar Award nomination, Mystery Writers of America, 1981, for The Spy's Wife; Crime Writers Association, Gold Dagger Award for best novel of the year, 1990, for Bones and Silence; and Cartier Diamond Dagger, lifetime contribution to crime writing, 1995.



A Clubbable Woman, Collins (London, England), 1970, Countryman Press (Woodstock, VT), 1984.

Fell of Dark, Collins (London, England), 1971.

An Advancement of Learning, Collins (London, England), 1971, Countryman Press (Woodstock, VT), 1985.

A Fairly Dangerous Thing, Collins, 1972, Countryman Press (Woodstock, VT), 1983.

Ruling Passion: A Dalziel and Pascoe Novel, Collins (London, England), 1973, Harper (New York, NY), 1977.

A Very Good Hater, Collins (New York, NY), 1974, Countryman Press (Woodstock, VT), 1982.

An April Shroud: A Dalziel and Pascoe Novel, Collins (London, England), 1975, Countryman Press (Woodstock, VT), 1986.

Another Death in Venice, Collins (London, England), 1976.

A Pinch of Snuff: A Dalziel and Pascoe Novel, Harper (New York, NY), 1978.

Pascoe's Ghost, Collins (London, England), 1979.

The Spy's Wife, Pantheon (New York, NY), 1980.

A Killing Kindness: A Dalziel and Pascoe Novel, Collins (London, England), 1980, Pantheon (New York, NY), 1981.

Who Guards the Prince?, Pantheon (New York, NY), 1982.

Traitor's Blood, Collins (London, England), 1983, Countryman Press (Woodstock, VT), 1986.

Deadheads: A Dalziel and Pascoe Novel, Collins (London, England), 1983, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1984.

Exit Lines, Collins, 1984, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1985.

No Man's Land, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 1985.

Child's Play, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1987.

The Collaborators, Collins (London, England), 1987, Countryman Press (Woodstock, VT), 1989.

Underworld, Scribner (New York, NY), 1988.

Bones and Silence, Delacorte (New York, NY), 1990.

One Small Step, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1990.

Recalled to Life, Delacorte (New York, NY), 1992.

Blood Sympathy, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 1993.

Pictures of Perfection, Delacorte (New York, NY), 1994.

Born Guilty, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 1995.

The Wood Beyond, Delacorte (New York, NY), 1996.

Killing the Lawyers, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 1997.

Beulah Height, Delacorte (New York, NY), 1998.

Singing the Sadness: A Private Eye Joe Sixsmith Mystery, St. Martin's Minotaur (New York, NY), 1999.

Arms and the Women: An Elliad, Delacorte (New York, NY), 1999.

Arms and the Woman, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2000.


Heart Clock, Faber & Faber (Winchester, MA), 1973.

Albion! Albion!, Faber & Faber (Winchester, MA), 1976.


The Castle of the Demon, Hutchinson, 1971, Hawthorne (New York, NY), 1972.

Red Christmas, Hutchinson, 1972, Hawthorne (New York, NY), 1973.

Death Takes the Low Road, Hutchinson (London, England), 1974, Mysterious Press (New York, NY), 1987.

Urn Burial, Hutchinson, 1975, Countryman Press (Woodstock, VT), 1987.

The Long Kill, Methuen (New York, NY), 1986, Countryman Press (Woodstock, VT), 1988.

Death of a Dormouse, Mysterious Press (New York, NY), 1987.

Dream of Darkness, Methuen (New York, NY), 1989, Countryman Press (Woodstock, VT), 1990.


Captain Fantom: Being an Account of Sundry Adventures in the Life of Carlo Fantom, Soldier of Misfortune, Hard Man and Ravisher, Hutchinson (London, England), 1978, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 1980.

The Forging of Fantom, Hutchinson (London, England), 1979.


Crime Writers: Reflections on Crime Fiction (nonfiction), British Broadcasting Corp. (London, England), 1978.

There Are No Ghosts in the Soviet Union: A Novella and Five Short Stories, Collins (London, England), 1987, Countryman Press (Woodstock, VT), 1988.

SIDELIGHTS: Reginald Hill is a former lecturer in English whose passion for writing crime novels became a full-time occupation in 1981. Hill once told CA: "I became a full-time writer because I realised that's what I was, no matter what other activity I was ostensibly pursuing." With a reputation as a "writer of wit and precision, with a sensitivity for place and atmosphere," as one London Times reviewer remarked, Hill is best known for the characters Superintendent Dalziel (pronounced Dee-ell) and Detective-Inspector Peter Pascoe, who appear in a number of his procedural novels.

Hill once told CA: "I lead a quiet life punctuated by loud bursts of laughter at its absurdity. My wife and I devote ourselves to looking after two Siamese cats and a Labrador dog who are the only living creatures whose lot I envy."



Magill, Frank N., editor, Critical Survey of Mystery and Detective Fiction, Volume 2, Salem Press (Englewood Cliffs, NJ).


Globe and Mail (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), November 3, 1984; July 30, 1988.

Los Angeles Times, March 27, 1981.

New York Times Book Review, January 18, 1981; April 5, 1981; June 24, 1984; March 2, 1986; June 1, 1986; November 30, 1986; March 15, 1987.

Spectator (London, England), February 11, 1984; September 26, 1987.

Time, November 4, 1985.

Times (London, England), July 7, 1983; March 31, 1990.

Times Literary Supplement, November 6, 1970; July 9, 1971; February 4, 1972; November 10, 1972; August 15, 1975; March 24, 1978; April 18, 1980; December 26, 1980; July 2, 1982; March 30, 1984; October 30, 1987; August 17, 1990.

Tribune Books (Chicago, IL), August 5, 1990.

Village Voice, July 3, 1984.

Village Voice Literary Supplement, July, 1986.

Washington Post Book World, April 19, 1971; January 15, 1978; March 18, 1979; June 16, 1985; August 11, 1985; August 21, 1988.*

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