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Off Minor (1991)

by John Harvey

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This is one of those books that burns slowly to begin, but inexorably increases in tension as one reads. It was written in the early 1990's and is heavily influenced by TV: each chapter, only around ten pages long, is split into two or three sections taking the story on through different characters.

The story concerns the abduction of two young girls, at different times, the first has been found dead in a disused railway carriage, where is the second? I particularly like the lack of sensationalism: we do not need, or get, detailed descriptions of gore; a good writer can make one understand the unpleasantness, without i and, John Harvey is a good writer.

This is a fairly light whodunit and only takes a few hours reading. It is much better than most of the current crop of television detectives and leaves the reader having guessed the answer; unsurprising, really, as I had guessed that each character had committed the crimes, at some stage during the reading thereof. A good, solid crime story, well told. ( )
  the.ken.petersen | Sep 16, 2013 |
Charlie Resnick knows that slow and steady is what actually may win the race, or at least finish it most successfully. This particular race is finished with some happy as well as some very sad moments. There are some of those musical allusions that always confound me such as 'Hands that attacked tunes from corners, oblique and disarranged.' This was referring to Thelonius Monk's music. ( )
  Condorena | Apr 2, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0099421569, Mass Market Paperback)

Little Gloria Summers’ body has been found, hidden inside two plastic bin bags in a disused warehouse. Somewhere in the city, a child killer is on the loose. Then Emily Morrison vanishes and a week later there are still no clues. Years of patient police work have taught Inspector Charlie Resnick that those who jump to easy conclusions are often the last ones to solve a crime.

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Little Gloria Summers' body has been found, hidden inside two plastic bin bags in a disused warehouse. Somewhere in the city, a child-killer is on the loose, free to start again. Then Emily Morrison vanishes on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Enter Inspector Charlie Resnick.… (more)

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