Ash and Bone: more please

17 09 2008

Ash and Bone by John Harvey

Excellent. Parallel, interwoven plots featuring Cornwall, London and Nottingham as Frank Elder is brought out of retirement to get involved in another tough case. And then he has to deal with the challenges of his fractured relationship with his daughter. A whole series of credible characters, scenarios and settings and a really gripping narrative make this one of the best of Harvey’s books I’ve read. Keep them coming…

Another gripping one

13 09 2008

Flesh and Blood by John Harvey

Flesh and blood

Flesh and blood

Mixed reviews for this one on Amazon. Sense some disappointment from those who have been spoiled by the qualities of the Resnick series but this really is a pretty good effort at a different approach with retired tec Frank Elder being asked to pick up an old cold case involving a missing girl and then getting drawn into a whole new set of more current crimes. Elder is entertainingly curmudgeonly and tortured but makes a credible lead. Pretty compelling in large part.

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