Ash and Bone

by John Harvey

Part of the Frank Elder Series

Crime / Mystery

LoveReading View on Ash and Bone

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.

Sarah Broadhurst

Ash and Bone Synopsis

When the take-down of a violent criminal goes badly wrong, something doesn't feel right to Detective Sergeant Maddy Birch. and her uneasiness is compounded by her belief that someone is following her home...

Retired Detective Inspector Frank Elder's daughter, Katherine, is running wild. Elder's fears for his daughter are underscored by guilt - it was his involvement in a case that led directly to the abduction and rape which has so unbalanced Katherine's life.

Persuaded out of retirement, Elder reopens a cold case which could have devastating repercussions for the crime squad itself. Elder's investigations take place against the backdrop of his increasing concern for his daughter. He must battle his own demons before he can uncover the truth.

Ash and Bone Press Reviews

‘Ash and Bone starts where Flesh and Blood left off, in every sense. Harvey once again gets everything right, jangling the nerves and plucking the heart-strings as he leads us sure-footedly through a complex plot whose disparate elements he holds in perfect balance. Another marvellous read.’ Reginald Hill 

'John Harvey continues to delight all readers who relish his hard-boiled gritty style and recognise the authenticity of his English inner city settings'   Daily Mail
‘Immaculately engineered thriller...Harvey’s book is fast, fluent and exciting, with a pace and assurance that never lets up’   Literary Review 

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ISBN: 9780099585640
Publication date: 02/02/2006
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
Format: Paperback (a Format)

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099585640
Publication date: 2nd February 2006
Author: John Harvey
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
Format: Paperback (a Format)
Pagination: 448 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About John Harvey

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 ...

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