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John Harvey lived and worked in Nottingham during the strike and witnessed the life at first hand. His depiction of the violence and anger is both wholly authentic and riveting. He is, as the Guardian has said ‘a master craftsman.’
Loved by critics, readers and authors alike, John Harvey’s books have sold over 1 million copies and have been translated into more than 20 languages. The first Charlie Resnick novel, Lonely Hearts, was named by The Times as one of the '100 Best Crime Novels of the Century'. His first novel featuring Detective Inspector Frank Elder, Flesh and Blood, won the CWA Silver Dagger in 2004, and a Barry Award for the Best British Crime Novel published in the US in 2004. In 2007 John Harvey was awarded the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger. He was made an honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Nottingham in 2009 and by the University of Hertfordshire in 2013.
John has written for television and radio and, a published poet himself, between 1977 and 1999 ran Slow Dancer Press, publishing work by such writers as Simon Armitage and Lee Harwood, Kirsty Gunn and Jill Dawson, Sharon Olds and Lucille Clifton. Out of Silence, his New and Selected Poems, is published by Smith/Doorstop this May.
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Frank Elder's last case could be the one that breaks him for good. The heavy manacles around the girl's wrists, perhaps not surprisingly, looked very much like the ones that had been found on the studio floor. For a moment, she had a vision of the chain to which they were attached being swung through the air, taking on force and speed before striking home. Then swung again. When his estranged daughter Katherine appears on his doorstep, ex-Detective Frank Elder knows that something is wrong. Katherine has long been troubled, and Elder has always felt powerless to help her. But now Katherine has begun to self-destruct; the breakdown of her affair with a controversial artist, known for his pornographic paintings, has sent her into a tailspin. But when the artist is found murdered in his studio, suspicion falls on Katherine. The vultures are circling. And as Elder struggles to protect his daughter and prove her innocence, the terrors of the past threaten them both once more...
The final DI Charlie Resnick novel, from the Cartier Diamond Dagger winner and Sunday Times bestselling author of Cold in Hand. Thirty years ago, the Miners' Strike threatened to tear the country apart, turning neighbour against neighbour, husband against wife, father against son - enmities which smoulder still. Resnick, recently made up to inspector, and ambivalent at best about some of the police tactics, had run an information gathering unit at the heart of the dispute. Now, in virtual retirement, and still grieving over the violent death of his former partner, the discovery of the body of a young woman who disappeared during the Strike brings Resnick back to the front line to assist in the investigation into the woman's murder - forcing him to confront his past in what will assuredly be his last case.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The gripping cases of Nottingham sandwich-munching and jazz-loving cop Charlie Resnick began several decades ago with Lonely Hearts and finally come to a satisfying end with this 12th and final instalment. The discovery of the body of a woman who had disappeared during the Miner's Strikes 30 years earlier brings Resnick out of retirement for a final and poignant hurrah which allows Harvey to masterfully round off his fascinating character and all his frailties and offer a measured if chilling assessment of Britain's social landscape and woes. Without Resnick, there would have been no Rebus, Grace, Thorne, Banks or so many other Premier League British cops, and Harvey never gets a note wrong. An admirable character and series.
A dark tale featuring retired DI Frank Elder that has really impressed the reviewers. Well worth a read
If you want a proper detective story you can’t go wrong with this. Skilfully managed with good suspense and lots of plot to keep tabs on, it’s certainly one of the best this month.Comparison: Reginald Hill, Graham Hurley, Elizabeth George.Similar this month: Stephen Booth, Quintin Jardine.
When artist Stephen Bloodsmith creates a series of images inspired by Rubens' trip to London in 1629, he enters a historical world of suspicion and intrigue. But will the manipulations he portrays in art spill over into the real world? When he practises deception inside his own marriage, falling in love with his model even as the romance of his wife Robyn unravels, the corrosive parallels between Bloodsmith's and Rubens' lives - the discovery of intimate secrets, the pain caused by desire and jealousy, the consequences of power and conflict - become hard to live with and impossible to ignore. Rubens believed he could make peace between the warring powers of Europe. To succeed he must win over Charles I of England, while in Paris 'the Cardinal' is working to frustrate him. Will nation cheat nation as people deceive one another in their personal lives? At once an intimate portrait of sexual pain in two centuries, and a gripping depiction of international 'deal-making', Pax is a rich, compelling study of desire, power, art - and the necessity of finding peace.
Frank Elder has become estranged from his troubled daughter. Up until now, Katherine has been unable to come to terms with the terrible events of her past and her father has been powerless to help her. So when Katherine suddenly appears on his doorstep, Elder knows that something is wrong. Katherine has become involved with an older man; a controversial artist known as much for his pornographic paintings as the public's suspicion that for him, life imitates art. But the breakdown of their relationship has sent Katherine into a self-destructive tailspin, made worse when the artist is found murdered in his studio. As a damaged young woman, Katherine had made the perfect muse. But now that he's dead, should that make her the prime suspect? Elder must solve the case if he has any hope of saving his daughter.
She disappeared fifteen years ago. Frank Elder never stopped looking. Long after Susan Blacklock's disappearance, Detective Inspector Frank Elder has taken early retirement, but the case still plagues his mind - one failure he can never fix. The prime suspects were jailed for another murder. Now, one of them is on parole - until he vanishes too. And then the postcards start arriving. Postcards from the killer. Postcards of Elder's daughter...
England, 1984: Der Bergarbeiterstreik spaltet das ganze Land. Die Gewerkschaft und die Thatcher-Regierung stehen sich unversohnlich gegenuber, und in Bledwell Vale verlauft der Riss mitten durch die Familie Hardwick. Vater Barry lasst sich als Streikbrecher beschimpfen, doch er braucht das Geld, um dieFamilie durchzubringen. Mutter Jenny ist Aktivistin im Streikkomitee - bis sie kurz vor Weihnachten spurlos verschwindet. Dreiig Jahre spter wird im Dorf eine einbetonierte Leiche gefunden. CharlieResnick ist zwar schon im Ruhestand, wird aber der Ermittlerin Catherine Njoroge als Berater zur Seite gestellt; schlielich war er damals mit dem Auftrag vor Ort, die Streikszene auszuspionieren. Alles verdammt lang her, aber jetzt muss die Wahrheit auf den Tisch: Ausgrenzung, Hass, Korruption, Liebe in Zeiten bitterster Not. Undes gibt noch zwei weitere Cold Cases aus jener Zeit
As a colour, black is a single hue. It comes in no other shades. It is pure darkness, absorber of all light. But despite its commonly accepted role as one half of a pair (black and white, dark and light), in symbolic terms black envelops the entire spectrum of meaning. The Story of Black explores the ambiguous relationship the world's cultures have had with this often self-contradictory colour, examining how black has been used as a tool and a metaphor in a multitude of startling ways. The Greek word melancholia (literally 'black bile') defines depression and dark moods, yet the little black dress is the epitome of chic. For the ancient Egyptians black was the colour of death and it has since become established as the sartorial hue of priests and puritans, witches and monarchs, intellectuals and artists. The colour's innate austerity has made it the choice for both funereal dress and lawyers' gowns, and of Goths and other subcultures today. This book also assesses black's problematic association with race, observing how white Europeans exploited the negative associations of 'black' in enslaving millions of black Africans. And it looks at how artists and designers have applied the colour to their work, from Caravaggio to Turner, Reinhardt and Rothko. How can this one colour embody such disparate values as evil, glamour, death and creativity? Not simply a history of a colour but a readable sketch of the history of culture and art in the West, The Story of Black skilfully unpicks the social, political, aesthetic and sexual nuances of black throughout the ages, unearthing the secrets behind black's continuing power to fascinate, compel and divide.
Ut pictura poesis , Horace said, but through the two millennia in which the sister arts have been compared, little has been said about the nature of sight itself. What we see in our mind's eye as we read has not been explored, though by following the visual prompts in texts, one can anatomize the process of visualization. The Poetics of Sight analyses the role of sight in memory, dream and popular culture and demonstrates the structure of a complex sight within the metaphors of Shakespeare, Pope and Dickens; and within the visual metaphors of Picasso, Magritte and Bacon. This book explores the difference between the great and the failed works of the supreme poet-painter, William Blake, and tracks the migrations of the Satiric muse between verbal mockery and scabrous images in Persius, Pope, Gillray and Gogol. It records the rise, and partial decline, of the vividly seen novel in Dickens, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Proust and Hardy. The key concept throughout this book is visual metaphor, which in the twentieth century acquired overarching importance: in art from Picasso to Kapoor, in poetry from Eliot to Hughes, in aesthetics from Pound to Derrida. The book closes with a far-reaching definition of visual metaphor and with the great visual metaphor of the human body.
Winner of the Crime Writers' Association Short Story Dagger, 2014.Private investigator Jack Kiley is persuaded to look into an old relationship between a photographer and a model with disastrous results.Includes the opening chapter of John Harvey's new Resnick novel Darkness, Darkness 'A brilliant, important and moving book about the legacy of 1984, and where and who we are now.' David Peace out in paperback on 25 September.
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