Wednesday, July 18, 2012

THE WOODCUTTER by Reginald Hill

Wolf Hanna's perfect life—thriving business, beautiful wife—is shattered when, out of the blue, someone plants child pornography on his computer.  Not one to go quietly, his rage gets him into further trouble, not to mention this other little matter of fraud where his company's finances are concerned.  His prison psychologist, Alva, happens to be a beautiful young woman who is attracted to Wolf, despite the fact that she is certain of his guilt.  When Wolf realizes that nothing he can do will convince her of his innocence, he dupes her into thinking that he realizes the error of his ways so that she will lobby for his release.  After regaining his freedom, Wolf starts to unravel the events that landed him in prison, including discovering why his wife divorced him to marry his attorney.  There is a rather odd twist at the end, but it's not enough to salvage this effort that's not thrilling enough to be called a thriller.  In fact, if this is the best that Reginald Hill has to offer, I won't be reading any of his other books.  This is the second novel I've read this year about someone being framed as a sexual predator, but DanielPalmer's Helpless is definitely the better book, with a more appealing protagonist.

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