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.
This book comes with a mixture of pleasure and regret; pleasure that it is one of the very best in an exemplary series, and regret that this is a valedictory novel, both for the wonderful Resnick and for the author himself. Three decades ago, the miners’ strike divided the nation and even wreaked havoc within families. The discovery in the present of the body of a young woman who disappeared during the strike brings Resnick out of retirement, with painful memories of the past
'A clever choice of subject, allowing Resnick to reflect on old conflicts, and an elegiac farewell to Harvey's much-loved detective.'
'Darkness, Darkness is so good that it makes me grateful not to have Charlie Resnick for competition any more, but as a reader I'll mourn his loss. If only every series of crime novels could end with such grace and style.'
'Harvey's gritty, downbeat tales of Nottingham copper Charlie Resnick are some of the best recent English crime novels. Sadly this is the last one and the weary, jazz-loving 'tec bows out in style.'
'His finest in years ... This is a troubling tale that succeeds not only as a murder mystery but as a memorial to an epic struggle that pitted neighbour against neighbour.'
Mail on Sunday
Publication date: 25/09/2014
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
Publication date: 22/05/2014
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
|Publication date:||25th September 2014|
|Publisher:||Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
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 ...More About John Harvey