The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill

Wolf Hadda came from nowhere and worked his way to the top. He had a beautiful wife, a daughter, power and an indescribable amount of money. One morning the police rang his doorbell and showed a search warrant. He was accused of pedophilia and he was hit by a car and severely injured when he desperately tried to escape. In short, his life was destroyed.

After several years in prison, left by the ones he love and spat on by his fellow prisoners, a young psychologist succeeds in getting Wolf to open up and tell about himself and the events that led to his arrest. These conversations eventually lead to Wolf’s release from prison.

After the release he moves back to his old town and lives like a hermit. His return is not popular among the town’s citizens and the only one who speaks to him is the priest who recently moved to the town and decides to give Hadda an honest chance.

Wolf Hadda only has one thing in mind – to get revenge on the people who destroyed his life.

The Best by Reginald Hill in Years!

I was very disappointed when I received the novel and read the back cover. For me Reginald Hill is Dalziel and Pascoe and I remember how slow it was to read his latest independent novel, “The Stranger House.” However, I decided to give this brick of a book a chance, and I changed my mind after just a few pages. What a great book! Hill has a magnificent feeling for irony and sarcasm (which suits me perfectly). He succeeds in building an expectant mood and the reader is kept in suspense until the very end.

Thumbs up from me!

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