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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.
A novel of courage based on the experiences of John Harvey's own father who served with the London Fire Brigade. 1940. Like most of his London contemporaries, 15 year-old Jack Riley is evacuated into the countryside to escape a city menaced by bombardment. But Jack manages to escape farm life and return to London where he joins his father, an auxiliary fireman with 'Blue Watch', and experiences the London Blitz at first hand as he works for the fire service as a bicycle messenger.
Wizards that can change cats into frogs, heal the sick and make trains disappear. Fairies dancing over a stream, owls that befriend other creatures and a mystical, magical, bright blue cat. All and more in The Opposite Stone: A Collection of Magical Stories for Children. Written by John Harvey Illustrated in colour and black and white by Eileen Soper, Mark Goddard and Paul Goddard
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...
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