Reginald Hill was born in 1936 in Hartlepool in northeast England, where his father played soccer for the local professional team. When Hill was three years old the family moved to Cumbria. He grew up there, went on to attend Oxford University, and became a teacher for several years in Yorkshire, the setting for his acclaimed Andrew Dalziel and Peter Pascoe crime novels. Hill has said that, like most children, he was fond of stories but decided to become a writer when he discovered—at the age of seven—that one could be paid “for making things up.” His first novel, A Clubbable Woman, was published in 1970, and introduced the mid-Yorkshire police duo of Andrew “Fat Andy” Dalziel and Peter Pascoe, who have gone on to be featured in more than twenty novels and in a popular British television series. In addition, Hill has written a series of mysteries featuring the private detective Joe Sixsmith as well as several thrillers under the pseudonym Patrick Ruell. In 1990 Hill was awarded the Gold Dagger for Bones and Silence (1990), and in 1995 the British Crime Writers’ Association honored him with its Cartier Diamond Dagger for his lifetime contribution to the genre. The Dalziel and Pascoe mystery Good Morning, Midnight (2004) received the 2004 People’s Choice Award from the Mystery Thriller Book Club.