Books by John Harvey

John Harvey is the author of the richly praised Charlie Resnick novels, the first of which, Lonely Hearts, was named by the Times (London) as one of the 100 Best Crime Novels of the Century. His novels featuring Frank Elder include Flesh & Blood, which w


GOOD BAIT by John Harvey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 9, 2013

"The remarkable output of Harvey, whose 100-plus titles (Far Cry, 2010, etc.) have earned him the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, represents the best of British crime writing."
Forget what you had planned for today; the new Harvey comes first. Read full book review >
A DARKER SHADE OF BLUE by John Harvey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 15, 2012

"His introduction not only provides a fine overview of his work but may send readers in search of James Crumley's output."
A collection of 18 previously published short stories—and, yes, Charlie Resnick fans, he turns up in five of them. Read full book review >
COLD IN HAND by John Harvey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Harvey is widely acknowledged as an expert at grit, police politics and the noir rumblings that crisscross Nottingham. But who knew he had such a fine ear for the nuances of grief? If you can read this without crying, you have no heart."
A welcome return for Nottingham Inspector Charlie Resnick, who's been absent from novel-length crime-fighting since Last Rites (1999). Read full book review >
GONE TO GROUND by John Harvey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"If anyone deserves to nudge Ian Rankin from his post as Britain's bestselling crime writer, it's Harvey (Darkness & Light, 2006, etc.). Reginald Hill explains it best: If he gets any better, the rest of us may have to kill him."
The triumphant creator of Charlie Resnick and Frank Elder introduces a new crime-stopping duo. Read full book review >
DARKNESS AND LIGHT by John Harvey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 3, 2006

"Yes, Charlie Resnick makes a cameo appearance, but Frank (Ash & Bone, 2005, etc.), with his guilt, his regrets, his worrisome relationships with his wife and daughter, is surely developing his own fan base and giving both Charlie and John Rebus a run for their money."
A favor for his ex takes retired cop Frank Elder from Cornwall to Nottingham. Read full book review >
FLESH AND BLOOD by John Harvey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2004

"Fans who thought they'd never forgive Harvey (In a True Light, 2002, etc.) for abandoning series character Charlie Resnick may be placated by his cameo appearance here. More important, they'll find the lovelorn Elder a hero to root for. "
Britain's second-best cop chronicler (following Ian Rankin) introduces a Nottinghamshire detective inspector whose retirement to Penzance has done nothing to lift his nightmares. Read full book review >
IN A TRUE LIGHT by John Harvey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Except for the forgivably formulaic windup, a lovely, jazzy noir Tale of Two Cities."
Sloane has always traveled so light he doesn't even need a first name. Read full book review >
NOW'S THE TIME by John Harvey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 1999

paper 1-871033-53-5 Fans mourning the news that Last Rites (p. 414) is the last of Harvey's ten peerless novels about Nottingham's Inspector Charlie Resnick have won at least a modest reprieve in these eleven stories, two never before published. Read full book review >
LAST RITES by John Harvey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 1999

"Harvey's characters live; his plotting is many-layered but never impedes a solidly escalating suspense: Charlie Resnick—all too human in the noblest way—will be sorely missed."
Unhappy news for the many fans of Harvey's Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick (Still Waters, etc.). Read full book review >
BLUE LIGHTNING by John Harvey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1999

"Sour notes: in an appendix the writers plug their works, prattle on about how much they love music, and list the tunes they played while they were writing the stories."
Eighteen stories in the mystery genre, edited by British poet, cultural historian, and mystery writer Harvey (Easy Meat, 1996, etc.), explore the meaning of music in offbeat lives. Read full book review >
EASY MEAT by John Harvey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Harvey's 24-karat British procedurals (Living Proof, 1995, etc.) have always led the field, but in his eighth he's surpassed himself with a likely Edgar nominee that just might win him the audience he's always deserved. (First printing of 50,000; author tour)"
 It's hard to imagine a teenager who deserves to die as much as Nicky Snape. Read full book review >
MEN IN BLACK by John Harvey
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"This patchwork of social theory, literary criticism, and art history has an initially eye-catching thesis, but it ends up fading and clashing with itself. (85 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
 Harvey (English/Cambridge Univ.) unravels the meanings behind black as a fashion statement from the medieval to the modern, concentrating on funereal Victorian England as viewed through Dickens's novels. Read full book review >
LIVING PROOF by John Harvey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1995

"Just like his first six."
 Providing police protection to Cathy Jordan, the visiting hard-boiled American author who's being threatened with the same gruesome fates she's visited on her characters, doesn't leave Inspector Charlie Resnick and his Nottingham team much manpower to pursue leads in another casefour attacks on local men who've been remarkably closemouthed about the women (woman?) who stabbed them. Read full book review >
COLD LIGHT by John Harvey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 11, 1994

"A suspenseful, unfailingly engrossing procedural enhanced by its clipped, faintly sardonic style—the best yet in Harvey's unbroken string of winners. (Mystery Guild main selection; author tour)"
 Sixth in the author's superb series of police procedurals featuring complex Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick and his colleagues in a Northern English city (Off-Minor, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
WASTED YEARS by John Harvey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 10, 1993

"Harvey is truly master of the police procedural for the 90's."
 It's 1992, and the scruffy Midlands city where Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick (Off Minor, etc.) lives and works is plagued by a series of well-planned robberies. Read full book review >
OFF MINOR by John Harvey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1992

"Still, it's a powerful, first-class police procedural."
 In the down-at-heels northern England city where lonely, divorced Detective-Inspector Charlie Resnick lives and works, the body of six-year-old Gloria Summers—missing for more than two months—has at last been found. Read full book review >
CUTTING EDGE by John Harvey
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 20, 1991

"His latest is all of these—one more to be prized."
 Third in the author's compelling series featuring Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick and the men and women he works with in a northern English city. Read full book review >