As several of my bright and well-read readers guessed, my quotation was from the first, British Dalziel and Pascoe police procedural.
I am sure most translators of fiction do their best, and I am not one of those readers who think you always have to read the book in the original language to get the full pleasure of it. But many series which teem with your whisky-drinking working class coppers are a bland affair in Danish, as we do not have any tradition of rendering dialect or contractions in our written language.
So when I got this huge box of crime in English, I knew it was time to give Hill´s series a second chance – in the proper language.
And what can I say; watching the big man, crude and boorish Andrew Dalziel in horrid fascination was a real treat.
In this first case Mary Connon is killed, the wife of ´Connie´, the former rugby star, and the murder seems to be connected to the rugby club. As Dalziel is a member, he has plenty of opportunity to bully and harass the other members in his work hours as well as his spare time (if he ever has any). The soft and well-spoken university sidekick Peter Pascoe switches between condescention and awe, and is often forced to admit (at least to himself), that Dalziel´s methods work.