Still waters running fairly deep

30 03 2009

Still Water by John Harvey

Another cracking good yarn from John Harvey

still water

From the back cover:

The battered body of a young woman is found floating in the still water of a city canal. Police suspect a serial killer, which makes it a case for the newly formed Serious Crime Squad. It is not DI Charlie Resnick’s case then; not his concern. But soon another body is found, and this time Charlie has a personal interest. His lover, Hannah, knew the murdered woman, knew too that her husband was fiercely jealous, and very free with his fists. Arguing that her friend was the victim of domestic abuse, not the target of some anonymous killer, Hannah persuades Charlie to take the case on. Investigating the murder, Resnick runs head-on into deeply disturbing questions about the nature of love, about the relationship of abuser and abused, and about our complicity in our own destruction…

All a bit complicated but really very good. Fortunately not too much philosophical introspection from the good copper…

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