First Sentence: Slider’s wheels were in dock.
D.I. Bill Slider isn’t particularly looking forward to a week off from
work, he hadn’t planned on a murder saving him from time in shopping
malls. A well-known local philanthropist is dead. The evidence
indicates he knew his killer. Coming up with suspects isn’t a problem.
Discovering a motive and evidence proves to be much harder.
the very beginning, you are pulled in by the author’s voice and
delightful, very dry, humor…”but Kate [Slider’s daughter] merely rolled
her eyes. It was her response to everything. She must have eye-muscles
like a boxer’s biceps, Slider thought.”
It’s refreshing to have a
DI who is not an angst-ridden. He’s divorced with two older kids, but
remarried with a wife, baby, another on the way and a live-in dad. This
provides us just enough exposure to, and the normal problems of, his
home life. We see Slider’s kinship to Atherton, his second, and to his
It is through Porson, Slider’s boss and something of a
figure of fun that we see the author's true mastery of language. One
has to be truly dexterous to create the amazing malaprops she does and
her incredible imagery.
“Hard Going,” at the heart of it all, is a
true police procedural, proving you don’t need a lot of violence or
profanity to still have a mystery with an edge and an excellent plot
twist. Slider and his team follow the clues and shift through the
evidence. I, for one, will continue to follow this very good series.
HARD GOING (Pol Proc-DI Bill Slider-England-Contemp) – VG
Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia – 16th in series
Severn House, 2014