I made it past the halfway point and it took me about 100 pages until I got used to the writing in this book. I´m not the biggest fan of the story, though. It seems like the police don´t know what they are doing most of the time and I really don´t like the racism and misogyny in this story.
I don´t remember the characters of Dalziel and Pascoe being so unlikeable in Dialogues of the Dead. Not sure why that is. It could be that Hill toned this questionable behaviour of the police detectives down in the later books in the series or the German translator of Dialogues of the Dead toned this down himself in the process of translating the novel.