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Cold in Hand (The Charlie Resnick Mysteries Book 11) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 1 in The Charlie Resnick Mysteries
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PRAISE FOR THE CHARLIE RESNICK SERIES
PRAISE FOR THE CHARLIE RESNICK SERIES
"Harvey's Resnick novels are far and away the finest British police procedurals yet written."—GQ
"John Harvey['s] Charlie Resnick police procedurals are immortals of the genre."—The Washington Post Book World
- File Size : 784 KB
- Print Length : 385 pages
- Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; First Edition (September 15, 2008)
- Publication Date : September 15, 2008
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- ASIN : B003K16Q22
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #480,786 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Charlie gets pulled into the investigation of the girl's murder. Meanwhile, the girl's father loudly blames Lynn for the death of his daughter. Lynn then gets involved in investigating the murder of a woman and her daughter. This leads her to some bad Serbian criminals, but before she can pin it on anyone, something devastating happens.
This is a very good book. Well written, edited and steady paced, we are entranced with following these cases.
I am very much looking forward to reading the 12th - and last - Charlie Resnick book
Perhaps not as smooth as usual, the action has perhaps a tendency to run out of energy in places. But all in all a nice tale about the tirening policeman and his environment - with all the usual trimmings and sentiments.
Absolutely worth an evening with the book - and perhaps a kettle of your favourite brew.
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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I have loved John Harvey's D.I. Charlie Resnick since first discovering him in the early 1990s, not long after I'd embarked on my own quest to be a crime writer. Although Harvey has skilfully found excuses to introduce Resnick, his middle-aged, baggy-as-a-teddy-bear detective inspector, into other series, the main 12-book sequence 'starring' Resnick has seen him come head-to-head with the very worst that Nottingham's mean streets can throw at him. Resnick is of Polish extraction, loves his food, his Scotch, his jazz (especially his jazz). He's no softie, although he's sympathetic, a man with a moral compass all his own. For the last however many years, he's had Lynn Kellogg, rescued her from kidnappers, supported her through family traumas, stuck by her despite her promotion beyond his level. Now retirement - heaven forbid - is staring him in the face, and both he and Lynn know he's not suited for it.
Caught up in an altercation between two girls, Lynn is hurt and one of the girls is killed. The dead girl's father blames Lynn, who gets immersed in a different case, involving corruption, international arms smuggling and sex trafficking. Who can she trust to help her?
As ever, Harvey threads the cases together, linking London and Nottingham forces, painting rapid but vivid portraits of the main protagonists. His ear for dialogue is unrivalled - though I did find some of his black characters' speech and mannerisms a tad formulaic and predictable, innit? Which isn't to say Harvey treats his black characters in a patronizing way, just that he is so intent on bringing them to life, he teeters on the brink of overdoing it, as if his readers can't use their imaginations.
I did enjoy this book - what John Harvey book haven't I enjoyed??!! - but its bitter-sweetness reminded me that there's only one more book left to read in this sequence.
I shall pick up Book 12 with a heavy heart...!
However, this is snatched away by a totally unexpected event. The pace speeds up in the second part of the novel with the introduction of 2 officers from the Met.
Throughout the novel is the theme of the changes that are taking place in society. There is a reference that stuck in my mind when Harvey states the Sunday church bells were ringing summoning people to ... Homebase, B&Q! More seriously, Mike Ramsden is a voice that Harvey uses to explore changes to Britain in the way of gun crime, gangs, people trafficking and the constant changes that the Police service have to deal with in ensuring political correctness/observance of human rights.
Harvey is excellent at conveying human traits and the description of Resnick's emotions in Part 2 are powerful and heart-rendering.