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Still Water by John Harvey

Still Water (1997)

by John Harvey

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It’s a good thing that I am a committed fan of the Charlie Resnick series by John Harvey as the 9th book, Still Water was not exactly a page turner. Instead this book updated the reader on the members of Charlie’s Squad and, indeed, on Charlie himself. There was a certain amount of carry-over from the previous book as to the status of Mark Devine and Lynn Kellogg has been promoted and accepted a position with the newly developed Serious Crime Unit. Also everyone had expected Charlie to apply to head up the new Serious Crime Unit, but after much pondering, he decided to pass on this for now, but then he felt that politics came into play when the new chief was announced. Meanwhile Charlie and his girlfriend Hannah are spending more and more time together even as Charlie questions some disturbing questions about love.

Of course there is some crime action as they investigate a case of art theft and eventually there is a murder to solve with the death of Hannah’s friend, Jane. Through the course of the investigation it is revealed that Jane suffered abuse at the hands of her husband so the team zeros on him, but does being a wife beater automatically make him a wife killer as well?

As always John Harvey provides an authentic touch of police detail along with his crime story but Still Water wasn’t his usual gripping story. The plot line was rather scattered and there were perhaps a few too many loose ends left dangling. Nevertheless, I will definitely be continuing on with this series as these books are usually exceptional, so will keep my fingers crossed for the next one. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jun 3, 2017 |
Harvey is excellent as always, Resnick is a great character, and Nottingham never seemed so interesting! ( )
  malcrf | Sep 7, 2011 |
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John Harvey's ninth book about British police investigator Charlie Resnick, who runs the homicide bureau in a city very much like Nottingham, doesn't immediately punch you in the stomach the way previous entries did. Instead, Still Waters offers several smaller stories ticking along at the same time. But the growing ranks of Resnick fans should find plenty to enjoy, including Charlie's delight in jazz and food (breakfasts supplant his legendary sandwich creations this time out). First-timers should certainly recognize the force and beauty of Resnick's gently sarcastic humanity as he pursues a friendly neighborhood art thief and tries to link the killing of an abused woman with a series of bodies found in local canals. Owl Books published Harvey's first two Resnick novels--Lonely Hearts and Rough Treatment--as well as 1996's stunning Easy Meat as handsome paperbacks.

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In England, Inspector Charlie Resnick investigates violence against women, several of whom have been found floating in a canal. One victim was a friend of Hannah, Resnick's girlfriend. By the author of Easy Meat.

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