John Harvey - Author

About the Author

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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Featured books by John Harvey

Darkness, Darkness (Resnick 12)

Darkness, Darkness (Resnick 12)

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/09/2014

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.

Other books by John Harvey

Body and Soul

Body and Soul

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/04/2018

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.

Body and Soul

Body and Soul

Author: John Harvey Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/04/2018

From the master of British Crime Writing comes Frank Elder's last case. 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 has sent her into a tailspin which culminates in murder. And as Elder struggles to protect his daughter and prove her innocence, the terrors of the past threaten them both once more ... 'An expertly plotted and moving final act for an old-school investigator of the best sort, from a true master of the genre' Guardian Books of the Month 'This is wonderfully atmospheric crime writing - a tribute to Harvey's exceptional talent' Daily Mail 'The 79-year-old Harvey has made it clear that Body & Soul is his last novel, and what an excellent farewell it is .... Elder and Resnick are both greats of British crime fiction.' - The Times Book of the Month `Few writers have even approached Harvey's grasp of atmosphere which, mingled with some sharpish social comment and utterly believable characters, makes them a must read' - Crime Review `Sadly, this is Harvey's last book after a 40-year crime writing masterclass.' - Peterborough Telegraph

Flesh And Blood (Frank Elder)

Flesh And Blood (Frank Elder)

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/03/2018

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...

Going Down Slow and Other Stories

Going Down Slow and Other Stories

Author: John Harvey Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/11/2017

Darkness, Darkness A Novel

Darkness, Darkness A Novel

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/10/2015

The Story of Black

The Story of Black

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2015

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.

The Poetics of Sight

The Poetics of Sight

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/03/2015

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.

Darkness, Darkness (Resnick 12)

Darkness, Darkness (Resnick 12)

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/09/2014

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.

Fedora

Fedora

Author: John Harvey Format: eBook Release Date: 21/08/2014

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.

Darkness, Darkness

Darkness, Darkness

Author: John Harvey Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 22/05/2014

Thirty years ago, the Miners' Strike threatened to tear the country apart, turning neighbour against neighbour - enmities which smoulder still. Resnick had run an information gathering unit at the heart of the dispute. Now, in retirement, and grieving over the death of his partner, the discovery of the body of a woman who disappeared during the Strike brings Resnick back, and forces him to confront his past.

Good Bait

Good Bait

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/01/2014

Black Arts in South East Asia

Black Arts in South East Asia

Author: John Harvey Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2014

My first encounter with Thailand was so unbelievable that I desperately needed to return. I had only been sent for twelve days in order to complete a research project on Buddhist Art. Once the taste of Asia entered my mouth, I couldn't let it go. Following graduation from a small liberal art university in New York, I spent one final summer in New England before heading off on a one-way ticket to Bangkok, in search of answers to questions that I did not yet understand.I have since learned to speak Thai, which enables all doors to open. Living in and traveling across northern Thailand, and through The Golden Triangle, has quenched many of my thirsts for adventure, sex, drugs, danger and excitement. I have subsequently made trips into rural northern Laos along the Mae Kong River, up to the Chinese border. I have spent time in Cambodia, and come to some of my own conclusions about the horrific Khmer past. I have also lived on a remote island, far off the southern Thai coast in the Andaman Sea.Residing in South East Asia over the last seven years has opened my mind to better understand mysteries of the Far East, both the enticing and disturbing. I lived in the fast lane, and regularly pushed myself to the limits. Black Arts in South East Asia is a Non-Fiction story that captures the 21st century and my experiences in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Laos, Udon Thani, Cambodia, as well as on the beaches. Dare I say this story is not for my own grandmother, however it sheds a truthful torch of light into the dark worlds of prostitution, pimps, transvestites, killers, thieves, human trafficking and counter culture.Black Arts in South East Asia chronicles a true-to-life adventure that can be retraced entirely, as I have not doctored the names, places, or people I have encountered along the way. For these reasons, I am confident that my non-fiction story is as up to date, authentic, and original as anything else in its genera. I believe this book has the potential to spark a new generation of travelers looking to better understand themselves and the world they pass through.

The Bible as Visual Culture When Text Becomes Image

The Bible as Visual Culture When Text Becomes Image

Author: John Harvey Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/08/2013

Darkness and Light (Frank Elder)

Darkness and Light (Frank Elder)

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2013

The third DI Frank Elder novel, from the master of British crime writing. A phone call intrudes on retired Detective Inspector Frank Elder's solitary life in Cornwall. It's his estranged wife and she needs a favour. A friend's sister, Claire Meecham, an unassuming widow in her fifties, has gone missing. Elder agrees to return to Nottingham to try and track her down. Then Claire is found, dead. The killer has arranged her body meticulously, almost lovingly, forcing Elder to remember another dead woman, arranged in an almost identical way. It was his first case with the Serious Crimes Unit. His first case and never solved. It's clear to Elder that this is the work of the same unbalanced individual and, to find the killer, Elder must shine a light into the darkest recesses of human behaviour, the dark and twisted recesses of a disturbed human mind.

In A True Light

In A True Light

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/04/2013

Sloane walks free from prison after taking the rap for a high-profile art scam. A failed painter, he is now a failed forger. Awaiting him are two policemen anxious to remind him of his sins, and a letter from a woman with whom he had a passionate affair in his youth. Now dying, she summons him to tell him that he has a daughter, Connie. Sloane agrees to return to New York, a city of potent memories, to look for his daughter. But Connie is locked in a relationship with a man the police believe has killed once and who will not hesitate to kill again. Sloane has to decide whether to walk away or stay and fight for her. And the deeper the police dig into Vincent Delaney's business affairs, uncovering underworld associations, the more Delaney feels cornered, and the more unpredictable and dangerous he becomes.

Gone to Ground (Grayson & Walker)

Gone to Ground (Grayson & Walker)

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/04/2013

Will's first thought when he saw the man's face: it was like a glove that had been pulled inside out. When police detective Will Grayson and his partner, Helen Walker, are called upon to investigate the violent death of Stephen Bryan, a gay Cambridge academic, their first thoughts are off an ill-judged sexual encounter, of rough trade gone wrong. But as their investigation widens, their attention focusses on the biography Bryan was writing about the life and death of fifties film star, Stella Leonard, whose death from drowning, when the car she was driving skidded mysteriously off a lonely Fenland road, uncannily echoed the climax of her most notorious film, Shattered Glass. With Bryan's journalist sister egging them on, and bringing herself into mortal danger as she conducts her own investigation, Will and Helen gradually peel away the secrets of a family blighted by a lust for wealth and power and its own perverted sexuality.

Wasted Years (Resnick 5)

Wasted Years (Resnick 5)

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2013

A series of brutal robberies takes Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick back ten years. To a time when a rash of very similar incidents left him face to face with a frenzied sociopath who nearly brought his life to a premature end - and to a time when his wife ran off with her lover, putting paid to their marriage and leaving him with a psychic wound that still hasn't healed. Now with the look-alike robberies escalating in violence, Resnick fights to track the men down before they kill, just as he fights to stem the poignant memories that threaten to overwhelm him.

Last Rites (Resnick 10)

Last Rites (Resnick 10)

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2013

Lorraine Preston's brother, Michael, was sent down for life for the murder of their father - and now he's being allowed out for their mother's funeral. A hardened criminal, Michael Preston is the last person Resnick wants back on his patch, even if it's only for a matter of hours. Heartsore and world-weary, Resnick is struggling to contain an explosive situation on the streets, where the spread of guns has led to a frightening escalation in drug-related crime. The local force, meanwhile, is riven by internal rivalries and rumours of corruption. With his previously stable relationship with Hannah Campbell wavering, Resnick is forced back on his self-belief, his understanding of people. Why - himself included - they do the things they do.

Cutting Edge (Resnick 3)

Cutting Edge (Resnick 3)

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2013

A savage assault with a scalpel leaves Dr Tim Fletcher's body badly slashed in a deserted walkway - the first victim in a series of brutal assaults on hospital staff. As panic grips the city, it's up to Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick to find the killer. Faced with a mass of clues that lead nowhere and a past he cannot forget, it's not long before he's pushed close to breaking point.

Still Water (Resnick 9)

Still Water (Resnick 9)

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2013

The battered body of a young woman is found floating in the still water of an inner-city canal. Police suspect a serial killer, which makes it a case for the newly formed Serious Crime Squad. Not DI Charlie Resnick's case, then; not his worry. But soon another body is found, and this time Charlie has a personal interest. His lover, Hannah, knew the murdered woman, knew too that her husband was fiercely jealous. And very free with his fists. Arguing that her friend was the victim of domestic abuse, not the target of some anonymous killer, Hannah persuades Charlie to take on the case. Investigating the murder, Resnick runs head-on into deeply disturbing questions about the nature of love, about the relationship of abuser and abused, and about our complicity in our own destruction.

Rough Treatment (Resnick 2)

Rough Treatment (Resnick 2)

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2013

A kilo of cocaine. Hardly what two small-time crooks were expecting to find when they broke into TV director Harold Roy's shabby mansion. But nor was Harold's frustrated wife expecting to fall in love with one of the intruders. Now she's going to make a deal with him - for both her husband and the drugs. But the precious powder belongs to someone else. And he wants it back. So if he feels he's been double-crossed, there's no telling what might happen. Detective Inspector Resnick has a hunch that there's more to this story than meets the eye. And as his investigations lead him down the mean streets of the TV industry and an inner-city drugs ring, it's obvious that more than one person is dancing on thin ice.

Cold Light (Resnick 6)

Cold Light (Resnick 6)

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2013

'Forty-eight hours, that's what they reckon, isn't it? Forty-eight hours. If you don't find them in that, likely they're sodding dead...' A cabbie's just been beaten up, there's a drunk-and-disorderly in the interview room and a possible child abuser on the way in. Nothing unusual there, then, just a pretty normal Christmas holiday for DI Resnick and his team. Normal, that is, until Dana Matthieson calls to report her flatmate, Nancy, missing. Dana's had a pretty grim Christmas herself: she's been sexually harassed by her boss, and may even have lost her job as well as her friend. Pretty soon the police have proof that Nancy was kidnapped, and then - as the New Year celebrations wind down - the first tape arrives, and Resnick knows they're dealing with a dangerous psychopath.

Off Minor (Resnick 4)

Off Minor (Resnick 4)

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2013

Little Gloria Summers' body has been found, hidden inside two plastic bin bags in a disused warehouse. Somewhere in the city, a child killer is on the loose, free to strike again. Then Emily Morrison vanishes on a sunny Sunday afternoon. A week later there are still no clues. Inspector Charlie Resnick is as appalled as the media. But years of patient police work have taught him a thing or two - including his conviction that those who jump to easy conclusions are often the last ones to solve a crime.

Lonely Hearts (Resnick 1)

Lonely Hearts (Resnick 1)

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2013

Shirley Peters is dead. Murdered. Her body is found twelve hours later in her own home. Just one of the many sordid domestic crimes hitting the city. Tony Macliesh, her rejected boyfriend, is the obvious prime suspect and he's just been picked off the Aberdeen train and put straight into custody. But then another woman is sexually abused and throttled to death. And suddenly there appears to be one too many connections between these seemingly unrelated crimes. Detective Inspector Resnick is sure that the two murders are the work of one sadistic killer - two lonely hearts broken by one maniac. And it's up to Resnick to put the record straight - and put the bastard where he belongs.

Easy Meat (Resnick 8)

Easy Meat (Resnick 8)

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/02/2013

Why would a fifteen-year-old boy commit suicide? Mind you, who cares when he's a no-good kid on trial for bludgeoning an elderly couple to death? But when the senior investigating officer is then found brutally murdered, DI Charlie Resnick is put on the case, and uncovers some sinister and startling revelations. It also brings Resnick into contact with Hannah Campbell, with whom he finds himself falling unexpectedly and awkwardly in love.

Living Proof (Resnick 7)

Living Proof (Resnick 7)

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/02/2013

When a man is found in the middle of Alfreton Road in the early hours one Sunday morning, stark naked and bleeding heavily from a chest wound, he is the latest in a series of viscous attacks on men. Enquiries in the mean-streets of Nottingham's red-light district have brought the investigations to a dead end. Charlie Resnick is the man for the job. And as if he hasn't had enough to deal with, he now has to provide police protection for a celebrity at the annual crime convention - an author with some very unpleasant 'fan' mail. Chronically short-staffed as he is, it's a guessing game as to when Resnick's lack of manpower will have fatal consequences.

Good Bait

Good Bait

Author: John Harvey Format: eBook Release Date: 08/01/2013

A stunning new crime novel from the Cartier Diamond Dagger winner and London Times bestselling authorWhen a 17-year-old Moldovan boy is found dead on HampsteadHeath, the case falls to DCI Karen Shields and heroverstretched Homicide & Serious Crime Unit. Karen knowsshe needs a result. What she doesn't know is that her newcase is tied inextricably to a much larger web of gang warfareand organised crime which infiltrates almost every aspectof London society.Several hundred miles away in Cornwall, Detective InspectorTrevor Cordon is stirred from his day-to-day duties byanother tragic London fatality. Travelling to the capital anddetermined to establish the cause of death and trace the deceased'sdaughter, Cordon becomes entangled in a complicatedsituation of his own. A situation much closer to Karen'scase than either of them will ever know.Brilliantly plotted and filled with rich, subtle characters,John Harvey's latest novel reveals him once again as a masterfulwriter with his finger firmly on the pulse of twenty-firstcentury crime.

Good Bait

Good Bait

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2013

When a seventeen-year-old Moldovan boy is found dead on Hampstead Heath, the case falls to DCI Karen Shields and her overstretched Homicide & Serious Crime team. Karen knows she needs a result. What she doesn't know is that her new case is tied to a much larger web of gang warfare and organised crime which infiltrates almost every aspect of London society. Several hundred miles away In Cornwall, DI Trevor Cordon is stirred from his day-to-day duties by another tragic London fatality. Travelling to the capital, Cordon becomes entangled in a lethally complex situation of his own. A situation much closer to Karen's case than either of them can imagine ...

A Darker Shade of Blue Stories

A Darker Shade of Blue Stories

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/12/2012

Advances in Pavement Design through Full-scale Accelerated Pavement Testing

Advances in Pavement Design through Full-scale Accelerated Pavement Testing

Author: John Harvey Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 08/10/2012

Pack: Book and CD Internationally, full-scale accelerated pavement testing, either on test roads or linear/circular test tracks, has proven to be a valuable tool that fills the gap between models and laboratory tests and long-term experiments on in-service pavements. Accelerated pavement testing is used to improve understanding of pavement behavior, and evaluation of innovative materials and additives, alternative materials processing, new construction techniques, and new types of structures. It provides quick comparisons between current and new practice and the ability to rapidly validate and calibrate models with quality data, with minimal risk at relatively low cost. Advances in Pavement Design through Full-scale Accelerated Pavement Testing is a collection of papers from the 4th International Conference on Accelerated Pavement Testing (Davies, CA, USA, 19-21 September 2012), and includes contributions on a variety of topics including: - Overview of Accelerated Pavement Testing - Establishment of New Accelerated Pavement Testing Facilities - Review of the Impact of Accelerated Pavement Testing Programs on Practice - Instrumentation for Accelerated Pavement Testing - Accelerated Pavement Testing on Asphalt Concrete Pavements - Accelerated Pavement Testing on Portland Cement Concrete Pavements - Accelerated Pavement Testing to Evaluate Functional Performance - Relating Laboratory Tests to Performance using Accelerated Pavement Testing - Development and Calibration of Empirical and Mechanistic-empirical Pavement Design Procedures and Models - Benefit-cost Analysis of Accelerated Pavement Testing Advances in Pavement Design through Full-scale Accelerated Pavement Testing will be useful to academics and professionals involved in pavement engineering.

Cold Light

Cold Light

Author: John Harvey Format: eBook Release Date: 14/02/2012

It's Christmas in Nottingham, and a public housing official has vanishedWorking at the Nottingham public housing authority is miserable, but Nancy Phelan knows that the tenants she services are worse off than her. Consider Gary James, whose family Nancy recently assigned to a new council flat. He's got two children, no work, and no heat. As Christmas approaches and his children shiver, he vents his rage at Nancy. After a two-hour wait, he smashes a chair to get her attention, then locks them both in her office. Police inspector Charlie Resnick breaks down the door before he has a chance to hurt her. But hours later, at the office Christmas party, Nancy disappears.Although Gary James is the logical suspect, when the kidnapper starts sending the police department tapes, Resnick fears that the New Year may herald a psychopath.

Cutting Edge

Cutting Edge

Author: John Harvey Format: eBook Release Date: 14/02/2012

A scalpel-wielding maniac terrorizes a hospital staffKaren Archer understands that women who date doctors should expect tardiness. The last time she invited Tim Fletcher over, he arrived from the emergency room exhausted, and barely had time to say hello before he passed out on her bed. Tonight her patience has run out. After a bottle of wine and too much television, she gives up on Fletcher and leaves the house to find her own funbut instead she finds Fletcher, covered in blood, sprawled across the steps near her building. Karen runs to find the police, not sure if Fletcher is alive or dead.Despite his blood loss, Fletcher survives. Soon the attacker comes for other members of the hospital staff, and police inspector Charlie Resnick must race to find him before the slasher graduates from assault to murder.

Easy Meat

Easy Meat

Author: John Harvey Format: eBook Release Date: 14/02/2012

A teenage thug goes to prison when a simple robbery turns bloodyNicky Snape likes robbing old people. The fifteen-year-old snatches shirts from stores, purses from his teachers, and as much money as he can lift from his mother. But for an easy score he knows no better target than the elderly. When he sneaks into the home of Eric and Doris Netherfield, his footsteps wake the old couple. With a piece of steel railing he keeps by the bed for protection, Eric attempts to defend his home. He fails. Nicky fights back, battering them both to within an inch of their lives.Nottingham police inspector Charlie Resnick knows Nicky Snape, and doesn't hesitate to arrest him. But what should be the end of the crime is only the beginning, as Snape's arrest sparks a chain reaction of rape, suicide, and murder.

Last Rites

Last Rites

Author: John Harvey Format: eBook Release Date: 14/02/2012

After a daring prison escape, a convict disappears into a crime-ridden cityIt has been thirteen years since Michael Preston killed his father, and now his mother is dead too. Halfway through his twenty-four year sentence, Michael is a docile prisoner whom the warden doesn't mind letting out for an afternoon to pay his respects. Michael goes to the funeral under armed guard, and when the time comes to return to jail, he gives them the slip.Police inspector Charlie Resnick's city is under siege by drugs, gang warfare, and unhinged murderers. As blood flows in the streets of Nottingham, the rumpled detective attempts to hold his department together while his personal life comes unhinged. An escaped killer and an ever-rising crime wave are trouble enough, but Resnick has problems at home that may prove impossible to solve.

Living Proof

Living Proof

Author: John Harvey Format: eBook Release Date: 14/02/2012

A man found bloodied in the street is the newest victim of a brutal crime spreeAlthough the cop who finds the man in Alfreton Road describes him as ';absolutely stark bollock naked,' that is not quite truehe is wearing a sock. The naked man is flabby, middle-aged, and bleeding heavily, in no shape to be sprinting down the street at three in the morning. After the ER doctors patch up his stab wound, the man tells the police he was attacked by a prostitute. Then he clams up, embarrassed, and refuses to even give his name.This is the fourth such recent attack reported to police inspector Charlie Resnick's thinly stretched Nottingham police department. Two victims were salesmen; the other was a traveling Italian soccer fan, lured away from his friends by a redheaded beauty. It's up to Resnick to find a link between the crimes, and to nab the perpetrator before more of the city's men let their basest urges lead them into peril.

Lonely Hearts

Lonely Hearts

Author: John Harvey Format: eBook Release Date: 14/02/2012

A serial killer terrorizes the young women of Nottingham Shirley Peters was murdered in her own home. A directionless young woman with a fondness for cheap red wine and a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, her death is just another in the files of the Nottingham detective's bureau. The police round up her ex-lover without much fuss, and are preparing to try him when another body surfaces. The method, the target, and the extreme violence are all a match for the killing of Shirley Peters. Nottingham is facing a serial killer.Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick is the first to see the connection. Both victims placed ads in a citywide Lonely Hearts column, and the rumpled detective suspects that their killer found them by preying on their isolation. He has little time to find the killer before more women die and Nottingham erupts into panic.

Off Minor

Off Minor

Author: John Harvey Format: eBook Release Date: 14/02/2012

Two months after she disappears, a six-year-old child is found deadRaymond Cooke is looking for revenge, not corpses. It's been six weeks since the gang of four young punks attacked him, since the one with the knife slit open his belly and left him to die on the street. After that Raymond bought a knife of his own, and has spent his nights lurking in Nottingham's worst pubs, hoping for a chance at vengeance. Instead, walking home one night, he encounters a smell that reminds him of his work at the abattoir. It's coming from the body of Gloria Summers.For over two months, police inspector Charlie Resnick has looked for the missing six-year-old. Now that she's been found, Raymond Cooke becomes Resnick's chief suspect. But to find the killer, the disheveled detective may have to look within the girl's own family.

Rough Treatment

Rough Treatment

Author: John Harvey Format: eBook Release Date: 14/02/2012

A peculiar pair of burglars make a deal with one of their victimsMaria Roy is in the tub, musing on her hatred for her movie producer husband, when Grabianski and Grice break into her house. Though she is fearful at first, something about Jerry Grabianski's confidence calms her down. Over tall glasses of Scotch, she directs them to her valuablesjewelry, bonds, her wedding tapeeven doing them the favor of unlocking her husband's safe. There Grabianski finds a surprise: a kilo of cocaine. He leaves with the drugs, the valuables, and a piece of Maria's heart.This is not the story she tells to police inspector Charlie Resnick, but Maria's confusion makes the disheveled detective doubt her account of the robbery. As he combs Nottingham for the burglars, Maria and Jerry's love affair charges ahead. She is about to learn that not even love can keep crime from turning bloody.

Still Water

Still Water

Author: John Harvey Format: eBook Release Date: 14/02/2012

A body found floating in the canal starts an investigation into sexual violenceFor Charlie Resnick, the night they found the body in the water was the night that Milt Jackson came to town. Resnick is a jazz fiend and considers Jackson, a contemporary of Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, one of the all-time greats. He has just sat down for the concert when the call comes in about the body. Gravely disappointed, the police inspector tears across town to run the crime scene. He finds the body of a young woman who shows signs of blunt force trauma and a recently terminated pregnancy. Attempts to identify the girl, and to link her to three other bodies recently found in canals, are futile. The case goes nowhere, but Resnick always remembers the night he missed Milt Jackson.When another woman disappears, Resnick reopens the case, and finds that few places hold darker secrets than the black waters of the Nottingham canals.

Wasted Years

Wasted Years

Author: John Harvey Format: eBook Release Date: 14/02/2012

A spree of brutal robberies forces Charlie Resnick to confront the darkest moment of his pastIt starts with five professional thieves. At their first robbery, they press a sawed-off shotgun against a bank manager's head, and leave with nearly forty thousand pounds. They repeat the trick three times, raking in nearly half a million in cash. They have yet to kill, but with each raid they come closer to taking their bounty in blood.The Nottingham police department charges the brilliant but troubled Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick with stopping the crime spree. When the robberies turn violent, he can no longer deny their similarity to a long-buried incident from ten years ago, when a confrontation with a sociopathic killer nearly cost him his life. To halt this chilling crime wave, he must reopen a case he has spent a decade trying to forget.

A Darker Shade of Blue

A Darker Shade of Blue

Author: John Harvey Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/10/2011

From the killing fields of the East Midlands to the mean streets of London, from the jazz clubs and clip joints of Soho to the barren fenlands of East Anglia, this is a world of broken families and run-down estates, revenge killings and prostitution, drugs, guns and corruption; a world of overstretched police forces and underpaid detectives, men and women who strive nonetheless for a kind of justice; a world in which everything, even friendship, has a price. Featuring familiar characters including Frank Elder and Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick, John Harvey's stories perfectly encapsulate life in the badlands of modern Britain. This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60% of the author's work and as low as 30% with characters and plotlines removed.

A Darker Shade of Blue

A Darker Shade of Blue

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/06/2010

John Harvey has been described as the master of British crime and in A Darker Shade of Blue he has collected together some of his very best writing. From the killing fields of the East Midlands to the mean streets of London, from the jazz clubs and clip joints of Soho to the barren fenlands of East Anglia, this is a world of broken families and run-down estates, revenge killings and prostitution, drugs, guns and corruption; a world of overstretched police forces and underpaid detectives, men and women who strive nonetheless for a kind of justice; a world in which everything, even friendship, has a price. Featuring characters like Frank Elder, who tried to turn his back on police work and failed; Jack Kiley, ex-copper and one-time professional footballer, now a London-based PI; and the renowned jazz loving and much-loved Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick, John Harvey's finely-crafted vignettes perfectly encapsulate life in the badlands of modern Britain.

Far Cry (Grayson & Walker)

Far Cry (Grayson & Walker)

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2010

Ruth and Simon Pierce's rare romantic break is shattered by devastating news: their daughter, Heather, on holiday in Cornwall with a friend's family, has disappeared. The loss is more than they - or their marriage - can bear. But time does heal, and slowly Ruth builds a new life for herself. A new husband, Andrew - even a second daughter, Beatrice. The chances that history could repeat itself are next-to-impossible - that is until, years later, a desperate phone call launches DI Will Grayson and his partner, DS Helen Walker, into an investigation which will test their professional and emotional resources to the very limit. Yet as Grayson becomes increasingly obsessed with a recently released child-abuser and Helen is drawn deeper into a destructive love affair with a married colleague, there is a real danger that their most demanding investigation yet will slip fatefully through their hands...

Cold in Hand

Cold in Hand

Author: John Harvey Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/09/2009

This title comes from the winner of the 2007 Crime Writer's Association Cartier Diamond Dagger Award. A dispute between rival gangs escalates into violence. One teenage girl is left dead, another injured and a police officer is caught in the crossfire. DI Resnick is hauled back to the front line to help deal with the fallout. But when the dead girl's father seeks to lay the blame on his colleague, Resnick finds the line between personal and professional dangerously blurred...This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60 per cent of the author's work and as low as 30 per cent with characters and plotlines removed.

Cold In Hand

Cold In Hand

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2009

Two teenage girls are victims of a bloody Valentine's Day shooting; one survives, the other is less fortunate... It's one of a rising number of violent incidents in the city, and DI Charlie Resnick, nearing retirement, is hauled back to the front line to help deal with the fallout. But when the dead girl's father seeks to lay the blame on DI Lynn Kellogg, Resnick's colleague and lover, the line between personal and professional becomes dangerously blurred. As Lynn, shaken by this very public accusation, is forced to question her part in the teenager's death, Resnick struggles against those in the force who disapprove of his maverick ways. But when the unimaginable occurs, an emotional Resnick will need all his strength to see justice done.

Cold In Hand

Cold In Hand

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2009

Two teenage girls are victims of a bloody Valentine's Day shooting; one survives, the other is less fortunate... It's one of a rising number of violent incidents in the city, and DI Charlie Resnick, nearing retirement, is hauled back to the front line to help deal with the fallout. But when the dead girl's father seeks to lay the blame on DI Lynn Kellogg, Resnick's colleague and lover, the line between personal and professional becomes dangerously blurred. As Lynn, shaken by this very public accusation, is forced to question her part in the teenager's death, Resnick struggles against those in the force who disapprove of his maverick ways. But when the unimaginable occurs, an emotional Resnick will need all his strength to see justice done...

Clothes

Clothes

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/08/2008

Clothes protect our vulnerable skin and they keep us warm or cool. They help us show that we are young or old, rich or poor, at work or play, and whether we may be good to know. But though they are basic, much as food and shelter are - and also may be beautiful - they have long had a bad press in serious, moral and philosophical writing. The main reason for this is that they are external to us, a cover we may hide behind, and one on which some people spend too much money, perfecting a pompous plumage of vanity: also they, and the fashions for them, may not last long. Nonetheless, when we choose our own clothes, we know the choice is a sensitive matter and far from being merely superficial. John Harvey considers the overlapping values that clothes have for us. Clothes both cover and advertise the bodies within them. They help make us the men and women we are, and help us to attract each other. They enroll us in groups, from our own circle to our generation worldwide; and they show just how, as individuals, we want to be noticed. Clothes, like their wearers, may compete in claiming power. They may also, on and off the catwalk, compete to claim the spotlight. In sum they show how we think we matter - and they can matter themselves in ways that may be intimate and even crucial to us. At all times clothes have demanded attention, even when they have been castigated for their vanity, and contemporary opinion is still divided. Are clothes the most frivolous of consumer disposables - or are they, however extravagant, art? Though we wear and see them every day, the value that they have for us is multiple and fugitive and hard to catch exactly. Clothes attempts to sort the many-coloured wardrobe which marks off mankind from other creatures.

Nick's Blues

Nick's Blues

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/05/2008

Trouble in Mind

Trouble in Mind

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2007

Photography and Spirit

Photography and Spirit

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2007

Can film capture what our eyes can't see? There are many examples both historical and contemporary of photographs of spirits or ghosts. These images have been both derided as hoaxes or, at the other extreme, held up as irrefutable proof of the otherworld. One of two books in Reaktion's new series Exposures , Photography and Spirit examines these tantalizingly blurred images of phantoms, psychical emanations and religious apparitions. Drawing on eighty images taken between 1860 and today, John Harvey explores spirit photography from the various perspectives of religion, science and art. Some of the photographs were taken by scientists, others by amateur and commercial photographers or mediums, and still others by robotic surveillance devices. The diverse origins of spirit photographs have inspired a multiplicity of interpretations and engendered, in some cases, high levels of scepticism. Harvey's analysis probes the connections between the images, human imagination, larger cultural traditions and scientific thought. Photography and Spirit transforms what are often fringe objects of kitsch into revelatory artifacts of cultural history, drawing from them thought-provoking insights into the historical connections between the material and spiritual worlds, representations of grief, and human culture's enduring fascination with the supernatural. Uniquely blending art, science and human imagination, photo images of ethereal spirits blur the border between what is real and what is fantastic. Photography and Spirit challenges our preconceived notions and offers an intriguing new perspective on the nature of photography.

Greek Is Good Grief

Greek Is Good Grief

Author: John Harvey Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2007

Retelling the Torah The Deuteronomistic Historians Use of Tetrateuchal Narratives

Retelling the Torah The Deuteronomistic Historians Use of Tetrateuchal Narratives

Author: John Harvey Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2004

The Deuteronomistic Historian patterned more than four dozen of his narratives after those in Genesis-Numbers. The stories that make up Genesis-Numbers were indelibly impressed on the Deuteronomistic Historian's mind, to such an extent that in Deuteronomy-Kings he tells the stories of the nation through the lens of Genesis-Numbers. John Harvey discusses the eight criteria which may be used as evidence that the given stories in Deuteronomy-Kings were based on those in Genesis-Numbers. Unified accounts in the Deuteronomistic History, for instance, often share striking parallels with two or more redactional layers of their corresponding accounts in Genesis-Numbers, showing that the given accounts in the Deuteronomistic History were written after the corresponding accounts in Genesis-Numbers had been written. Furthermore, the Deuteronomistic Historian calls the reader's attention to accounts in Genesis-Numbers by explicitly citing and referring to them, by using personal names, and by drawing thematic and verbal parallels. Retelling the Torah, the first book to focus on these parallel narratives, contains far-reaching implications for Hebrew Bible scholarship.

Men From Boys

Men From Boys

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/05/2004

Little is perfect for the men in these seventeen crime stories and nothing is straightforward. The worlds they inhabit are as different as a deprived London housing estate and a rundown jazz joint in Manhattan, but each of them is striving to determine what is right, what will give them dignity, what will earn them self-respect. Some succeed. Others fail. In this acclaimed collection of stories, John Harvey has gathered together some of the very best names in contemporary crime writing. Together these writers answer what it is to be a father, a son, a man. Authors are: Mark Billingham, Lawrence Block, Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, John Harvey, Reginald Hill. Bill James, Dennis Lehane, Bill Moody, George P. Pelecanos, Peter Robinson, James Sallis, John Straley, Brian Thompson, Don Winslow, Daniel Woodrell, and a novella by Andrew Coburn.

With the Foreign Legion in Syria

With the Foreign Legion in Syria

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2003

Post Traumatic Stress Theory Research and Application

Post Traumatic Stress Theory Research and Application

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/08/2000

Few phenomena are as widely experienced across different individuals, cultures, and contexts as that of traumatic stress. Whether as victims, perpetrators, supporters or simply observers, most people can identify to some extent with the psychological and physical consequences produced by traumatic events. This text examines the nature of traumatic stress, the contexts in which it occurs, and the needs and coping strategies of its survivors. Topics include the survivors of rape, soldiers of war, and the nature of coping with loss or trauma in old age. Furthermore, the roles of culture, social support, and more formal organizations in the ongoing process of overcoming trauma are explored as the text details the nature of traumatic experiences, the needs of survivors, and the challenges faced by those who wish to support and help those survivors.

Loss and Trauma General and Close Relationship Perspectives

Loss and Trauma General and Close Relationship Perspectives

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/08/2000

Given the relationship between trauma, loss, and interpersonal bonds, the editors have assembled a noteworthy list of contributions discussing trauma associated with close relationships (divorce, infertility, widowhood). Certainly, trauma is closely associated with loss. This edited volume offers the perspective of over twenty leading scholars in the study of trauma and loss. Each chapter offers extensive coverage of contemporary issues (terror management, rational suicide, spirituality, stigmatization). Relationship issues within these topics are also explored.

Image of the Invisible The Visualization of Religion in the Welsh Nonconformist Tradition

Image of the Invisible The Visualization of Religion in the Welsh Nonconformist Tradition

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/06/1999

In this innovative and lavishly illustrated study John Harvey examines the visual expression of religious and spiritual concepts in Nonconformist Wales. He discusses his subject within a broad cultural context which includes fine art, architecture, preaching, hymnology and such intangible manifestations as visions. The author argues that the Bible had a strong influence on the visual idiolect of Nonconformists during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and that it permeated their perception, interpretation and representation of life. This is perhaps most apparent in the imagery of hymns and sermon illustrations and in the vocabulary and phraseology of preachers, but its effect on Welsh visual culture was also profound and far-reaching and affected both the mode and idiom of religious visions as well as the exterior and interior features of the chapel. John Harvey explores his subject with particular reference to the intertwined concepts of religion and mining in the south Wales coalfields. He examines the tradition of biblical identity and fusion as manifest in the visionary experiences of miners and their families since the 1904 revival: the architectural similarities between chapels, collieries and Old Testament places of worship, and sermon illustrations which derived spiritual meanings and lessons from the harsh realities of coal-mining. Latterly, this tradition is evident in the paintings of Nicholas Evans. Arguably, this principle of visualization whereby heavenly realities are clothed in tangible earthly garb, constitutes one of the most distinctive manifestations of Welsh visual culture.

Men in Black Pb

Men in Black Pb

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/1997

Men's clothes went black in the nineteenth century: Dickens, Ruskin and Baudelaire all asked why it was, in this age of supreme wealth and power, that men wanted to dress as if going to a funeral. For an answer one must look at the history of black. Over the last 1000 years there have been successive expansions in the wearing of black from the Church to the Court, from the Court to officials and the merchant class. Though the fashion was often smart and elegant, the growth and expansion of it were fed by several dark currents in Europe's history: politics; asceticism; and, religious warfare. It was only in the nineteenth century that the black fashion fully came into its own; the most telling witnesses constantly saw connections between the taste for black and the forms of constraint with which European society regimented itself. Although the twentieth century has aimed for new colours and a new direction, black has retained its authority as well as its associations with strength and cruelty. At the same time black is still smart, and fashion keeps returning to it. It is, perhaps, the colour that has come to acquire the greatest, most significant range of meaning in human history.

The Art of Piety Visual Culture of Welsh Nonconformity

The Art of Piety Visual Culture of Welsh Nonconformity

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/06/1995

This book challenges the popular fallacy that Nonconformity had no use for art, and contests the view that Welsh Nonconformity had a wholly negative effect on the visual arts in Wales. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the visual expression of Nonconformist culture was prolific, and a vital means of maintaining the devotional life of believers and of communicating Nonconformist ideals to those outside the faith. While Reformation doctrine prohibited the use of images in worship, it did not stop Welsh Nonconformists from using art in the service of religion, or from making a positive contribution to the visual culture of Wales. John Harvey brings together, for the first time, the many types of religious artefacts and ephemera of Welsh Nonconformity, and examines them from art historical, theological, and sociological perspectives. He explodes the myth that chapels were devoid of artistic and symbolic elaborations by analysing the images which decorated chapel and home, commemorated leaders and notable events, and aided the teaching of the faith. Through the study of artefacts ranging from paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, stained glass, ceramics, to wall decoration and chapel furniture, banners and embroidered works, Bible illustrations and Sunday School picture-cards, the author defines the visual expression of one of the most pervasive cultural and social influences on Wales during the last two centuries.

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