"The final novel in this masterly series. We’d hate to lose this Nottingham policeman whose love of jazz distinguishes him as the mellowest of detectives.”Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
Thirty years ago, the British Miners’ Strike threatened to tear england apart, turning neighbor against neighbor, husband against wife, father against sonenmities which still smolder.
Charlie Resnick, recently promoted to Detective Inspector and ambivalent, at best, about some of the police tactics used in the Strike, had run a surveillance-gathering unit at the heart of the dispute.
Now, in virtual retirement, the discovery of the body of a young woman who disappeared during the Strike brings Resnick back to the front line to assist in the investigation into the woman’s murderforcing him to confront his pastin what will assuredly be his last case . . . as well as John’s Harvey’s final Charlie Resnick novel.
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About the Author
John Harvey has been writing crime fiction for more than forty years. The first novel of his twelve-part Charlie
Resnick series, Lonely Hearts, was selected by The Times of London as one of the “100 Best Crime Novels of the
Century.” His novels featuring Frank Elder include Flesh & Blood, which won the Silver Dagger Award and a Barry
Award, and Ash & Bone, which was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Award. He was awarded the CWA
Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in the crime genre in 2007. He lives in England.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Darkness, Darkness by John Harvey This is my latest review for publisher Pegasus Books, whom I thank for the honor. John Harvey is a British author, playwright, poet, and sometimes publisher from London, famous for his Charlie Resnick novels, based in the City of Nottingham. Darkness, Darkness is the latest and last book in the series. You can find out more about Mr. Harvey at www.mellotone.co.uk The final book in John Harvey’s series starring Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick, this book is a fine wrap-up to an obviously popular police procedure mystery series. DI Resnick is now retired, but his rest is disturbed by the shocking discovery of a woman’s skeleton beneath a house extension in Nottinghamshire. Upon forensic examination, the skeleton is found to be thirty years old. It is identified as belonging to Jenny Hardwick, who had vanished under suspicious circumstances. Detective Inspector Catherine Njoroge was a native of Kenya. Her promotion to the rank of Inspector had left a bad taste in some of her fellow CID officers. Nevertheless, she is given the cold case to solve. And she wants Resnick on the case, as he works part time as an investigative counselor; and because he was involved in the case thirty years ago when Jenny disappeared. Back then there were many miners striking. They were supported somewhat by family and friends, and any miner who crossed the picket line to go to work was mocked, threatened, and sometimes killed. Jenny was married to Miner Barry Hardwick, who is continuing to work, despite the fact that Jenny herself is helping the strikers and calling her own husband a “scab” for going to work every day. Therefore, home life for the Hardwick’s was not exactly ideal. Yet Resnick knows that Barry Hardwick had been questioned and cleared. In fact, until the discovery of her skeleton thirty years after her death, most people believed Jenny had just grown tired of the constant struggle and perhaps ran off with someone. Now Resnick and Njoroge must examine old reports, question anyone who was there at the time, and pour over the meager evidence to catch a killer who could be long gone by now. Mr. Harvey’s story reads easily. The pace is a little slow, but there is incredible detail in every page. The book, to quote Heath Ledger’s Joker, is a lot like gravity. All the reader needs is a push to start the story and off you go, unwilling to relinquish the book until the final word is read. This was my first exposure to Charlie Resnick, but it was worth it to read an exciting tale of corruption, betrayal, and murder under the miasma of smoking fires of striking miners—now to be settled after thirty years! I give the book five out of five stars! Quoth the Raven…
hat a great book! An engrossing and engaging story full of interesting and colourful characters - well written at great pace which kept me engaged throughout. Thank you to the publisher, Randomhouse UK Cornerstone and Netgalley for sending me a copy in return for an honest review and for introducing me to another new author to add to my ever-growing list of great writers.
All good things eventually come to an end. And, unfortunately, that time has come for the excellent Charlie Resnick series as well. In this last novel in which the superb detective and jazz enthusiast appears he is, of course, retired as an active cop, and is sitting behind a desk reviewing cold cases. Then a skeleton is found, and the SIO enlists Charlie to assist in the investigation because he was present on the scene 30 years before, during the historical coal miners’ strike and could provide the team with background knowledge, and then some. Charlie’s guess, which is soon confirmed, is that the remains are those of a woman who went missing at the time. The inquiry proceeds along several lines, none of which seem to pan out. But Charlie and the SIO continue on. doggedly following each dead-end lead. After 30 years, this is not unexpected, and the higher-ups would not be disappointed if the investigation would end without a result, just fade away. But that’s not Charlie’s way or that of the SIO. The author lived and worked in the area during the strike, observing the lives of the workers and their families, lending a strong authenticity to the background of the story, which alternates between that time and the present. “Darkness“s a fitting conclusion to one of the best crime series ever to appear, and is highly recommended.