Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What We're Reading: John Harvey



Good bait by John Harvey (M HARVEY) 

I’d forgotten how much I liked John Harvey until I picked up Good bait. 

Two cases intersect for DCI Karen Shields in London and DI Trevor Cordon in Cornwall although they never meet. Harvey lays out the connection between the body of a dead teenager from Moldova found frozen on Hampstead Heath and a missing young woman with past history to DI Cordon. He tells a good story as always-Eastern European thugs, money laundering, organized crime and the vicious crime of murder all come together.



Darkness, Darkness by John Harvey (M HARVEY) 

Charley Resnick’s final case: a body turns up during excavation. Charley is retired from the police, but a colleague asks him to help her officially investigate it. The victim is a woman who disappeared during the Miner’s Strike thirty years earlier, and Charley knew her. He remembers the violence and double dealing on both sides during the Strike- hard feelings still remain. Was the victim collateral damage to the Strike or was there another reason? 

John Harvey created a wonderful character in Charley Resnick of the Nottingham police. I’m really sorry that he’s decided Charley has come to the end of the road. If you haven’t read the others in the series (and his other books), do so. They are excellent.

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