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#be fully developed and the police people ends up seeming either bland r reduced to #fully developed and the police people ends up seeming either bland r reduced to single characteristicIt s hard somehow not to like Resnick though I have difficulty figuring ut why He is the usual formerly married police guy with uirks his are jazz and "food Like Dell Shannon s Luis Mendoza he has four cats all named after jazz musicians His relationships with "Like Dell Shannon s Luis Mendoza he has four cats all named after jazz musicians His relationships with are a mess and while he is not an abuser he is also not reliable One night he mistakenly books two dates does not show up for either ne work intervened and never calls either woman to say he can t make itMost things in the book are reasonably good Unfortunately the plot is not ne f them There is not an The Secret Child orderly process to resolution and the ending comes suddenly though there is some annoying foreshadowing The perpetrator is a bitf a cliche and so is the way everything sorts itself Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno: Tokyo Teen Fashion Subculture Handbook out at the endI must say that having now read two Harvey books I sure don t have any interest in visiting Nottingham Most book series reuire the reader to start at the beginning becausef development f characterization But with John Harvey s engaging 6th Charlie Resnick novel Cold Light those rules do not applyA few minor adjustments to Charlie Resnick have already transpired in previous novels but to read Cold Light ut f seuence will not impair your understanding f this gripping tour de forceMuch like ther intelligent page turning British authors Susan Hill Jim Kelly and Mark Billingham John Harvey can tell a story using simple prose and sharp dialogue and still keep the reader betrothed in the busy lives f his interesting three dimensional charactersIn Cold Light the issue Death by Inferior Design of domestic abuse abounds with gritty sometimes harrowing descriptionsf two main characters Gary and Michelle Even in Harvey s poetic storytelling the issue f abuse may be too difficult to read at times But the fast paced story keeps you flipping pages to see what will happen nextAnd f course in every mystery novel a murder transpires Amid the usual day to day police procedure Resnick soon fancies himself with the victim s Nancy flat mate and friend Dana Matheison The interaction between the vulnerable Matheison and the compulsive Resnick is spellbinding enough to warrant a solid read The chemistry between both characters in chapter twenty three is strong and rivetingTo understand where Charlie Resnick came from and his complicated background readers might want to begin the journey with Lonely Hearts the first Charlie Resnick novel Be prepared to read the book in Hitler's Northern War: The Luftwaffe's Ill-Fated Campaign, 1940-1945 one sitting Recommended I like this series and Cold Light by John HarveyAnother very good novel in the Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick series set in Nottingham As expected we find Charlie still living alone in the formal matrimonial home with his cats and theccasional jazz mu. In Nothing unusual there then just a pretty normal Christmas holiday for DI Resnick and his teamNormal that is until Dana Matthieson calls to report her flatmate Nancy missingDana's had a pretty grim Christmas herself she's been sexually harassed by. ,
The Charlie Resnick series is ne f my favorite British police procedurals Resnick is a rather gentle sad complicated smart and intuitive man which somehow makes him a great detective and attractive I have read all the series now missed this ne somehow earlier They are well written with fleshed ut characters and interesting plot twists This A Philosophy of Cinematic Art one handsut subtle clues and doesn t send you down too many rabbit holes The ending left me desperately trying to recall what happened next Guess I ll have to head to the library to see if I can borrow the The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified one that will tell me This was my first Charlie Resnick novel and I remember being pretty impressed Harvey sne f the rare genre writers in this case crime fiction who transcends genre Cold Light in some "ways reminds you f Ed McBain s cop novels The main "reminds you f Ed McBain s cop novels The main the tragic disappearance f young woman Scab on Christmas Eve is told from a varietyf viewpoints with numerous side stories that in the end contribute rather than detract from the main story Harvey s eye for detail is impressive Cold Light takes place in the early 90s the tale end f Thatcher s England What a bleak place and time This is underscored immediately
a young woman ut from underneath her sleeping common law husband Her life is already sad even though she s not yet Indo No Kao outf her teens The government housing they live in with two small children is freezing and wet Her husband is abusive and getting worse as hope is not even a glimmer in his devastated life Across town there is the near death by beating f a taxi driver and police detective Charlie Resnick mulls ver his jazz collection but is probably dodging the extreme loneliness Giant Peach Yodel of his life Eventually there is a murder and it involves that mostverused Sinai and Zion of crime figures a serial killer But in Harvey s hands it becomes something new given his attention to character dialogue and setting making the heartbreakf a lost life that much keener and real This is a reissue from the Bloody Brits seriesof a formerly ut f print book It s good to see it back ut in ciruclation Another satisfying Charlie Resnick novel We continue to learn about Charlie and are treated to an interesting story These books make me happy This was a fastpaced murder and kid knapping mystery It took place in London England The character development was wonderful The suspense was very good It kept me at the edge f my seat I recommend this book highly Enjoy and Be Blessed Diamond This is a detailed and competent police procedural with generally strong writing You really get a sense f how law enforcement perates and the burdens it places Iniquity on police both professionally and personally It s readable if perhaps a bitverlongBut it could have been a whole lot better There are almost thirty characters f conseuence which is a lot for a reader to keep straight and a number f the side stories end up having no relati. 'Forty eight hours that's what they reckon isn't it Forty eight hours If you don't find them in that likely they're sodding dead'A cabbie's just been beaten up there's a drunk and disorderly in the interview room and a possible child abuser n the way. ,As A Young Woman
Sic when he has time to relax It s Christmas "when Nancy Phelon goes missing following a Christmas Eve dinner and dance The suspects are four previous boyfriends and Gary "Nancy Phelon goes missing following a Christmas Eve dinner and dance The suspects are four previous boyfriends and Gary who recently had held her captive in the Housing Department ffices where Nancy worked The leads are thin and seem to lead nowhere meanwhile DC Lynn Kellog is worried about her father who is possibly suffering from bowel cancer As ever DC Divine continues his sexual innuendoes and harassment that uite rightly inflame Lynn Is there a link to a previous case in the Bristol area Then a body is found and another woman disappears On top Annual Report of the Officers of the Town of Holderness, N. H: Year Ending January 31, 1937 (Classic Reprint) off all this there is a possible child abuse enuiry and a taxi driver is assaulted and robbed allver the Christmas and New Year which are the holidays for most peopleCharlie Resnick s character epitomises the sad life Gardening with Shape, Line and Texture: A Plant Design Sourcebook of a policefficer Wife left and lives alone any social life continuously interrupted by the demands f the work Any chance f a relationship appears doomed and he cannot drag himself away from the house in which he appears as a solitary lodger His life makes me feel rather sadThe author does well to portray the empathy between Charlie and his staff and his frost attitude towards the senior Livin' de Life officers who seem to spend time chasing eachther and their careers without doing much policing As with many police procedural novels The Amazing Dreams of Andrew Latter of this period a lotf alcohol is involved I did feel that the story could be enhanced with some better descriptions "Of Nottingham And Its "Nottingham and its is a good but not a memorable story and in my score it is 35 to 4 A very satisfying police procedural from the master British crime writer and
I Don T For Adon t for a mean to damn with faint praise In this book pretty much smack in the middle Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki of the Inspector Charlie Resnick seriesur protagonist is confronted with the disappearance Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind of a young woman whom he met briefly after she had a tense confrontation in her social workffice with a disgruntled home renter who The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta of course becomes a suspect After a Christmas party Nancy Phelan never gets home and her incensed father starts a campaign against what he sees as police indifference and incompetenceIn the meantime as with any good crime novel the suspects pile up There is Gary who grabbed Nancy during theffice confrontation there is Robin her most recent boyfriend but then there is also the similarity f her case to an earlier unsolved kidnapping The novel moves along smartly to a satisfying conclusion and what I particularly like about Harvey is that he doesn t just use his non guilty suspects as props to advance the plot but gives them real flesh and blood and stays with their subplots even after it appears that they aren t the main targetsMasterful work 35 stars A decent book but 23 years ld I prefer to read mysteries which were written closer to the present My ne criticism is that the ending is rather abrupt. Her boss and may even have lost her job as well as her friend Pretty soon the police have proof that Nancy was kidnapped and then as the New Year celebrations wind down the first tape arrives and Resnick knows they're dealing with a dangerous psychopa.