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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (September 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0151014620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0151014620
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. In 10 novels over 10 years (1989–1998), Charlie Resnick, the jazz-loving police detective, made Nottingham's turf familiar to readers who never came within 1,000 miles of it. Now, after a supporting role in Ash & Bone (2005), an older Charlie on the cusp of retirement makes a welcome and brilliant return. A pair of murder investigations form a knotty tangle, reflecting nasty changes in Nottingham: the first a gang dispute resulting in a fatal shooting, the second the murder of an East European prostitute imported for the sex trade. The latter case collides with a separate inquiry mounted by the SOCA (Serious and Organized Crime Agency). As always, Harvey handles the police procedural aspects with easy competence. But the characterization shines brightest as the thoroughly decent, competent Charlie navigates the treacherous waters of his profession that threaten to swamp his personal life. (Sept.)
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From Bookmarks Magazine

John Harvey has developed a formidable reputation over the years for delivering some of the best police procedural novels in Britain. Cold in Hand continues that legacy as Harvey brings back beloved detective Charles Resnick and once again paints a realistic portrait of the bleak situation facing Britain's police departments—not to mention its cities—today. The author's talent fortunately extends beyond a mere familiarity with the crime world and into his carefully crafted characters. Harvey's understated prose and sensibility do wonders to show readers what Resnick and Kellogg experience as they traverse this dystopian vision of Nottingham. Cold in Hand, a heartbreaking portrait of contemporary English affairs, will rivet readers until the end.
Copyright 2008 Bookmarks Publishing LLC

More About the Author

JOHN HARVEY is the author of eleven Charlie Resnick novels and the Frank Elder series, and is a recipient of the Silver Dagger Award, the Barry Award, and the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement, among other honors.

Customer Reviews

The writing is crisp and the dialogue is realistic.
Carl W. Sundstrom
Meanwhile, once Lynn is back at work, she is investigating a case which links to one being worked by the Serious and Organized Crime Agency.
L. J. Roberts
Other times, characters share much too much information with the wrong sorts, endangering people they should be protecting.
B. Judell

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
First Sentence: It was the curious time, neither day nor night, not even properly dusk, the light beginning to shorten and fade, the headlights of a few overcautious drivers raising a quick, pale reflection from the slick surface of the road, the main route back into the city.

DI Lynn Kellogg has been shot while breaking up a fight between girls in two rival gangs. One girl was badly injured, while the other girl, attacking Lynn at the time, was mortally shot. Lynn's lover, DI Charlie Resnick is nearly retired but brought in to lead the investigation for the shooter while the dead girl's father blames Lynn.

Meanwhile, once Lynn is back at work, she is investigating a case which links to one being worked by the Serious and Organized Crime Agency. The case goes from dangerous to tragic.

I was so excited to see a new Charlie Resnick book and I wasn't disappointed. Harvey knows how to tell a story. He draws you in, gets you involved in the characters and the plot, hits your emotions, builds the suspense and brings it to resolution in a satisfying, realistic manner.

Charlie is a great character and Harvey gives you a real feel for his life and the people in it. Lynn, being much younger than Charlie, is a perfect balance and foil for him.

I've read all the books in the series but, with each new one, I want to go back and read them again. Not because I don't remember them, but because they are so good and this was the icing on the cake. I hope this isn't the last time we see Charlie Resnick.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Luan Gaines HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick returns in Harvey's new thriller, albeit perhaps a more domesticated man, having entered a satisfying relationship Detective Inspector of the Homicide Unit and Hostage Negotiator Lynn Kellogg. With his favorite blues and jazz playing in the background, Resnick and Kellogg have reached a comfortable accommodation with their work and their private lives. Charlie, nearing his thirty and retirement, isn't questioning his good fortune in attracting the younger Kellogg, as bright an effective in her chosen career as the more seasoned detective. Intervening in a knife fight between two teenagers in a gang-infested Nottingham neighborhood, Kellogg is involved in an unfortunate incident: a gun is discharged, hitting Kellogg and another victim. Since English officers don't usually carry firearms, the situation is particularly ominous, leading to concerns of an infusion of illegal weapons into the city, a city already compromised by poverty, unemployment and rampant drug abuse.

Indeed, through the complicated plotting of a skillful author, the unlikely connections between petty street crime and drug use yields more frightening connotations- the rising influence of the Eastern European mob, Nottingham a seething cauldron of illegal activities and the threat of mob control. The city suffers as well from international gun running, human trafficking and a tidal wave of illegal drugs that have overwhelmed agencies, police facing enormous challenges in every arena. While Charlie is assigned to the neighborhood shooting, Lynn recovers, thanks to her bullet-proof vest, returning to one of her own troubling cases, protecting a fragile witness in a gruesome murder, the mob threatening to annihilate or terrify any potential witnesses.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Ross HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
It's been ten years since Harvey last published a Charlie Resnick novel, and while his more recent Frank Elder series is OK, it's never grabbed me the way the ten Resnick books did. So it was with great surprise and delight that I stumbled upon this new entry in the Nottingham-set series. It opens with the ever-rumpled and aging copper Resnick shacked up with his much younger colleague Lynn Kellogg, who is rising quickly in the homicide division. On her way home one evening, she tries to break up a fight between teenage girls and ends up in the middle of a messy shooting, unable to prevent the death of one of the girls. Resnick, who has been marking time in the robbery unit, gets brought in to help investigate this murder.

Unfortunately, much of the story has a certain familiarity to it. The dead girl is black, and the cops are accused of dragging their feet as a result, and covering up for Lynn. Hardly a new theme in British crime fiction and TV, and Harvey does little to bring anything fresh to it. The story also becomes a vehicle for noting the increase in gun-related violence in Britain as well as painting a picture of the huge different in policework over the last 30 years. Meanwhile, the other main plotline involves a murder Lynn is investigating, and how it intertwines with a higher level customs investigation. All of these themes feel a little late to the party at this point, as any number of crime novels and TV shows have covered the same ground. Which is not to say the book is bad -- but simply that these elements are very familiar ones.

However -- halfway through, something rather spectacularly shocking occurs, and the story shifts away from Resnick, over to a female DCI from London.
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