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Last Rites

by John Harvey

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A happy ending for Charlie Resnick, who'd have thought!? I have the new book to read though so maybe after all these years John Harvey has something else in store for him. ( )
  Superenigmatix | Jan 16, 2016 |
i read this before and didn't recall it at all. hope it doesn't happen again. ( )
  mahallett | Jul 27, 2010 |
Despite enjoying John Harvey's Frank Elder books I found this heavy going and couldn't seem to connect with the characters. ( )
  edwardsgt | Jul 15, 2007 |
Adrian's first film. He plays an Italian assassin, and quite well I thought. Tom Berenger and Daphne Zuniga play the main characters, and I found this to be quite the shocker when my brother gave it to me as a Christmas gift. I was not prepared for a priest to break his vows. ( )
  kathyj | Mar 21, 2007 |
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"Back outside, walking away from the hospital toward Old Lenton, Resnick's step was springier, lighter. He couldn't remember the last time he'd struck a blow outside of self-defense; couldn't recall when he'd last used force of any kind. And although he knew that later his conscience would be giving him gyp, right now he felt one hundred percent better."

That, of course, is Nottingham's own Charlie Resnick, a smart British policeman of Polish origins who would rather eat a sausage sandwich or listen to a Duke Ellington record than threaten a criminal. But threaten a drug dealer is exactly what he has just done; times are changing, and this will be Charlie's final case. John Harvey says he's ending his distinguished series because he no longer lives in Nottingham.

Resnick's last stand involves a prisoner named Michael Preston, who was incarcerated for murdering his father, but absconds while he's out on compassionate leave. He vanishes into the streets of Nottingham and begins to torment his family. Meanwhile, rival drug gangs are shedding blood on Resnick's turf, and a corrupt copper is at large in the department. This is typical John Harvey fare: Charlie's sporadic affair with social worker Hannah is more off than on; dozens of greasy sandwiches are consumed; Charlie's many cats nap while Art Tatum and Thelonius Monk play quietly in the background. It's a fine, rich atmosphere, now so familiar that it's hard to say good-bye. Although there have been stronger, more spectacular entries in the Resnick series, Last Rites has enough of the familiar ingredients and the gritty street poetry to make a satisfying finale. --Dick Adler

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Charlie Resnick becomes embroiled in an investigation into the disappearance of a convicted murderer, who abuptly vanishes while temporarily out of prison on compassionate leave to attend his mother's funeral.

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