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Fell of Dark

By Reginald Hill

First released in nice Britain via HarperCollins Publishers in 1971

A friendship renewed; a wedding going bitter; Harry Bentick heads for the Lake District now not understanding if he’s getting into seek of whatever or working away.

Then women are discovered murdered within the excessive fells, and without warning there’s doubtless approximately it.

He’s running.

Set in his local Cumberland, this was once Reginald Hill’s first actual novel, a distinct mixture of detective tale, mental mystery and Buchanesque experience that was once to put the basis for lots of books to come back, taking him into the head ranks of British crime fiction.

‘One of Britain’s such a lot continuously very good crime novelists’
—Marcel Berlins, the days

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With one very brilliant and clearly new hub-cap. And together with his again to me for the instant and his head squeezed into a kind of allegedly sound-proof mobilephone shelters which seemed incongruously smooth during this old construction, there has been the fowl guy of Boot, Richard Ferguson, hardly ever a backyard away. I became. The policeman was once leaning up opposed to Ferguson’s automobile, mopping his forehead. Ferguson appeared to be talking angrily into the telephone. I unexpectedly knew with absolute sure bet that he had rung Moira Jane’s cottage. And was once most likely chatting with the police. there has been an indication analyzing ‘toilets’ and an arrow pointing down a slender passage past the phone. This appeared like a safe haven. I positioned a handkerchief to my mouth and edged earlier Ferguson. ‘I don’t see what the hell sturdy my name’ll do you! ’ he snapped as I handed, and slammed the telephone down. Then he became and appeared me complete within the face, or at the very least in what he may see of my face. most likely the handkerchief helped him to spot me. A bearded guy he may need missed. yet i have to have gave the look of an acquaintance having a sneeze. ‘Jesus Christ! ’ he stated. ‘If it isn’t the woman-terrorizer himself! ’ He gripped me violently by way of the arm, evidently relatively able to do conflict, and appeared stunned whilst I stood fairly nonetheless. I didn’t are looking to draw awareness to myself, no longer now. no longer with the police open air. ‘Let’s locate the police,’ he stated viciously, as though interpreting my notion. ‘You weren’t so prepared simply now,’ I spoke back with an try at a debonair smile. ‘What the hell do you suggest? ’ ‘I’ve no time to speak now,’ I acknowledged. ‘Let’s locate the police. Let’s inform them approximately Moira Jane. All approximately Moira Jane. Let’s inform every body. Annie. Your spouse. ’ i may see he believed me straight away. He went white. i presumed he used to be going to hit me. I wouldn’t have blamed him. I didn’t very similar to what i used to be doing both. yet I went on. ‘I’ve noticeable the pictures as well,’ I lied urgently. ‘I reckon with just a little ingenuity, i may pay money for copies. ’ He was once nonetheless doubtful, on a knife’s area, now not realizing what to do. I needed to make up his brain for him. ‘We can’t simply stand here,’ I acknowledged. ‘If I’m stuck now, I speak. Let’s get for your motor vehicle. ’ with out a observe he led the best way out. I climbed into the passenger seat, ignoring the policeman who was once nonetheless placing round. yet I didn’t cease sweating until we have been a mile alongside the line. Then i began shaking. He drove like a maniac alongside these slim, twisty roads. Neither people spoke. I didn’t are looking to possibility wasting the small ascendancy I had. He, I knew, will be busily debating in his brain what used to be most sensible to do. ‘Did you damage her? ’ he requested eventually, his voice point and regulated. ‘Who? ’ ‘Moira Jane. ’ ‘No,’ I stated. ‘She’s been taking care of me. She known as the police simply because I left. That’s all. ’ ‘Why have been you calling? ’ I requested. ‘She wasn’t watching for you. and that i suggestion you didn’t come until summoned. ’ He didn’t answer however the furrows on his forehead deepened in anger. ‘You weren’t simply checking up, have been you? ’ I stated. ‘Just to work out if she used to be there? after all, she must have left by means of now, shouldn’t she?

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