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Cold in Hand Hardcover – September 15, 2008

3.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
Book 11 of 8 in the Charlie Resnick Series

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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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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.
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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: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,547,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. J. Roberts VINE 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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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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For ten years, fans of John Harvey's Charlie Resnick novels were offered a new book at a regular once-a-year pace. Then in 1998 Harvey announced, much to the dismay of that fan base, that he was done with Resnick for good. At the time, Harvey offered no hope that he would ever resume the series but in 2008 he surprised Charlie's loyal fans with his eleventh Resnick book, "Cold in Hand."

Charlie Resnick, some ten years older now, has his thirty years in with the Nottingham police and, on his bad days, the possibility of retirement often crosses his mind. Charlie is still pretty much the man he was ten years earlier, an intensely introspective guy who lives with his cats and surrounds himself with classic jazz recordings, a cynical man seldom surprised by anything that life throws at him. Charlie, however, does admit that his romantic relationship with Detective Inspector Lynn Kellogg, the much younger woman now living with him, did surprise him. When he thinks too long about it, it still does.

When DI Kellogg tries to stop two teenage girls from fighting, a young man with a gun suddenly comes at her and the girl she is pulling away from the fight. Shots are fired, the young girl is shot dead, and Kellogg - still wearing the bullet proof vest she needed on an earlier incident - is wounded. Resnick is given a prime role in the investigation and finds himself dealing with a man who claims that Lynn Kellogg saved her own life by using his daughter as a human shield, something for which, the man loudly proclaims to one and all, she will pay dearly.

Kellogg herself, when she returns to the job, is charged with solving the murder of an Eastern Europe prostitute brought into the country specifically for the sex trade.
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