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'Harvey is a master craftsman' Guardian 'Terrific tales' Independent on Sunday 'An exceptional batch of offerings' Time Out

About the Author

JOHN HARVEY is the author of the richly praised Charlie Resnick novels, the first of which, Lonely Hearts, was named by The Times as one of the '100 Best Crime Novels of the Century'. His first novel featuring 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 and in 2009 he was awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Letters, by the University of Nottingham. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audio Books; Unabridged edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407489399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407489391
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ted Feit VINE VOICE on July 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Of the 18 short stories in this collection, four feature Charlie Resnick, seven north London detective Jack Kiley, and one in which they both appear. Each, of course, is a well-known protagonist featured in prior John Harvey novels. And their characters come through even more strongly in a short story.

As Mr. Harvey writes in an introduction, the short story form gives an author greater latitude to experiment with an idea or character to learn whether or not use can be made later in the novel format. The extremely well-written, well-constructed short stories are a prime example of that observation.

Not lost in the shuffle is Harvey's fascination with the world of jazz, nor his descriptions of London and outlying areas, especially the more depressing aspects of English life and the world of crime.

Highly recommended.
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John Harvey can impress the reader, and grow to become a pure acquaried taste. His style is built on principles dating back to the folk storytellers of old times: "There was this angry man ..." He writes stories which force the unwary reader to being drawn into a strange mental country, where hate and revenge play off against an often rural or even bigcity English background. The stories plays in an English foggy climate, but the prose is crystal clear, and incisive.
Be sure to get aquainted with John Harvey. You will not regret it.
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