The Woodcutter

Reginald Hill. Harper, $25.99 (528p) ISBN 978-0-06-206074-7
British author Hill (The Stranger House) combines an edgy tale of betrayal and revenge with the trappings of a modern-day fairy tale in this sly, enchanting stand-alone. Wilfred "Wolf" Hadda, the poor but ambitious son of a Cumbrian woodcutter, has waited five years to marry Imogen, whose father, Sir Leon, employs Wolf's father as head forester, in order to fulfill the three tasks she demanded: become socially polished, get an education, and amass a fortune. Now Sir Wilfred Hadda and head of an international corporation, he's dumfounded when he's arrested, charged with child pornography and fraud, and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Has he been framed? Of course. At the core of this engrossing tale are the missing five years in Wolf's youth (rumor has it he was kidnapped by fairies) and how they relate to his ingenious plans for revenge. A lovely yet skeptical prison psychiatrist ("Elf") and a shrewd vicar are some of the strong characters that complement the fast-paced, unpredictable plot. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/06/2011
Release date: 08/01/2011
Hardcover - 528 pages - 978-0-385-66935-1
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