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Darkness and Light

by John Harvey

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This is the first time I have read this author and I must say I am quite impressed.

DI Frank Elder is persuaded to return to his old patch in Nottingham to investigate the disappearance of a widow in her fifties. She is subsequently found dead in circumstances which almost mirror the first unsolved murder investigation Frank was involved in.

The subtle weaving of plots and characters is excellent and while the ending was not totally unexpected there were several other possibilities which left you guessing.

The reunion of Frank and his ex-wife and daughter does not intrude on the story and is an interesting distraction.

Well worth the read. ( )
  Heptonj | Sep 25, 2009 |
Third of the Frank Elder books. Frank is again working as a consultant to the police and undertaking a missing person investigation for a friend, which itself turns into a murder enquiry. Some elegantly drawn suspects, for a number of different murders, a good read but not as good as Ash and Bone. For the main murder, it was not so much a whodunnit as a 'why did they do it'. Flagging up the murderer early and unravelling the motives is a Harvey speciality. ( )
  Greatrakes | Sep 4, 2007 |
#3 in the Frank Elder series. Frank's ex-wife Joanne has contacted him because a friend's sister has disappeared. As a result Frank agrees to work as a consultant on the case with former colleague Maureen Prior. When the missing woman is found dead, Frank recognises the way the body is arranged from his first case with Serious Crimes Unit, an unsolved case. Frank's visit to London gives him the opportunity to catch up with his daughter Katherine as well as his ex-wife. This title is just as good as the others in the series and I enjoyed the further insights into Frank's detection skills. Frank's former boss Charlie Resnick makes a cameo appearance just as he has in the other 2 titles. Watch out also for the tributes to Rebus and Morse. ( )
  smik | Apr 28, 2007 |
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Frank Elder, shut up at his hideaway in Cornwall, receives a call from his ex-wife, Joanne. Her friend Jennie, a brisk businesswoman, is concerned for her sister, Claire, who seems to have gone missing. As there are no signs of foul play, the police have categorized it as a low priority. Will Elder come and investigate? Reluctantly, he agrees.
Claire’s life was not as quiet as her sister had assumed. It doesn’t take Elder long to find out that she has had a number of sexual relationships with men whom she met over the Internet. But before Elder’s inquiries have got very far, Jennie calls him with the news that she has found Claire’s body, fully and carefully dressed and laid out on her bed. Despite having no apparent wounds or other signs of trauma, she is clearly dead.

Elder immediately thinks back to 1997 and a crime all too similar to this one. The murderer was never found. Taken on as a civilian consultant, he reopens the cold case but as he investigates further, he makes the chilling realization that there may be two killers out there; one who’s tried to rehabilitate himself; the other poised to strike again.


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Detective Inspector Frank Elder's first case with the Serious Crimes Unit was never solved, no one was ever charged, the murderer never found. At liberty to walk the streets, and to kill again. Eight years later, another body is found and it doesn't take long for Elder to make the connection between the two cases.… (more)

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