The second Detective Inspector Frank Elder novel, from the master of British crime writing.
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. To find out more about John Harvey visit his website at: www.mellotone.co.uk
British veteran Harvey's second novel to feature former Nottingham cop Frank Elder is flatly written and clich?-driven, falling short of its predecessor, Flesh & Blood (2004), which won a CWA Silver Dagger Award. Retired to a shabby shack in Cornwall, Frank is still recovering from the breakup of his marriage and trying to forget the brutal rape of his teenage daughter a year before. Meanwhile, in London, Det. Sgt. Maddy Birch, a 44-year-old transfer from the northern city of Lincoln, isn't doing so well, either. The killing of a much-wanted villain by her armed superior has come under scrutiny, and Maddy is torn between loyalty to her colleagues and the truth. When Frank agrees (much too quickly) to help out the London police on another case, he and Maddy, with whom he once had a brief fling, are teamed up in an investigation that reopens all kinds of old wounds. Even this routine material might have worked had Harvey used any of the bleak humor and sharp characterizations of his classic Charlie Resnick series (Lonely Hearts, etc.). (Dec.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"Ash and Bone starts where Flesh and Blood left off, in every sense. Harvey once again gets everything right, jangling the nerves and plucking the heart-strings as he leads us sure-footedly through a complex plot whose disparate elements he holds in perfect balance. Another marvellous read." -- Reginald Hill "John Harvey is one of my favourite writers. Whenever he has a new book out it goes to the top of my reading list. And I haven't been disappointed yet." -- Peter Robinson "Ash & Bone, like everything I've read of Harvey's, is distinguished by seriousness, sophistication and stylistic elegance." Washington Post "John Harvey continues to delight all readers who relish his hard-boiled gritty style and recognise the authenticity of his English inner city settings." Daily Mail "Immaculately engineered thriller...Harvey's book is fast, fluent and exciting, with a pace and assurance that never lets up." Literary Review
Harvey's (Lonely Hearts) mystery series featuring Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick made him world famous. Now he has the difficult task of popularizing a new series without simply redoing the old. In this second novel featuring retired Nottinghamshire detective Frank Elder-the first, Flesh & Blood, won Britain's Silver Dagger Award-Elder is drawn back into the game when a former colleague is murdered. Complications arise when Elder's estranged teenage daughter, a recent kidnapping and rape victim, becomes caught up in the drug scene, and several cops appear to be on the wrong side of the law. Harvey relies on character and dialog, with a strong sense of place, to draw complex characters in complex situations. Like Ian Rankin, he displays a compassionate view of ordinary people, both criminals and police, while ensnaring the reader with tightly woven plots. The writing is so good that one doesn't notice it; there is humor and sorrow, rarely simplicity. Highly recommended for all collections. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 8/05.]-Roland Person, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.