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Cold in Hand (2008)

by John Harvey

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Cold in Hand is the purported next to last book with Charlie Resnick as a detective. As written in previous reviews, Harvey's depiction of Resnick only gets better with each novel.

One mistake too many authors make when creating villains is making them too over the top and unbelievable. To me, the most effective villains are those that are the most believable when it comes to accepting the particular villain actually could exist and most of these archetypes are made up of more or less regular malevolent characteristics and lacking in superhuman qualities.

In Cold in Heart, Harvey has done just that and then son.

I don't want to reveal much more of this particular novel, but like other Harvey novels, there are multiple threads that separated, then are woven back together again.

Oh, and those that decide to read these novels, you MUST start at the first one and go forward. Harvey is very good at maintaining his characters through his novels and to pick up midstream will certainly entail character "spoilers" for the reader. Also, through the series, if one does read the novels in order, then the impact in the changes of the lives of the characters will resonate more with the reader. ( )
  EricEllis | Sep 2, 2017 |
would give 3.25 stars if I could. ( )
  ko40370 | Apr 27, 2016 |
If you loved the original series and it's ending, then I would not read this. It's a good enough book, but not necessary. A bit like a band getting back together after a long split, it's never as good as the first time. ( )
  Superenigmatix | Jan 16, 2016 |
This is an engrossing mystery, fairly dark, by one of my favorite authors.

Resnick, getting on toward retirement and just as non-conforming as always, has established a stable, loving relationship of the live-in variety with a younger officer on the force.

All is lovely until she becomes involved in the investigation of a murder at a "sauna", a/k/a/ massage parlor.

What happens next changes Resnick's life forever.

Full of the usual red herrings, conflict with authority and non-conformist activities, this is an excellent mystery in the series.
  MissJessie | Oct 16, 2013 |
So what makes a good police procedural: authentic police techniques, good characterization, multiple plot lines, but not so many that they seem irrelevant, a believable resolution.

This, the 11th (?) Charlie Resnick meets all the criteria. You can read a summary of the plot in the publisher’s description. It’s accurate without giving away too much.

This was my first Resnick novel; it will not be my last. There was a shocker about halfway through the book that took me completely by surprise. That surprise permitted Harvey to introduce a new character, Karen Shields, a black DCI who, I think, would make a marvelous new protagonist for a series. In this book she became my favorite. Resnick, almost retired, really takes second place to his live-in DI Lynn Kellogg and Karen. Events revolve around Kellogg and her investigation into a prostitution ring and a murder. Resnick becomes almost peripheral. I was astonished that in the other reviews I read, no one mentions Karen, because I thought she rapidly took center stage.

This is not a cozy. The world Harvey paints is dark and violent and the police are part of that violence both as instigators and victims. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0151014620, Hardcover)

It's Valentine’s Day, and a dispute between rival gangs leaves a teenage girl dead.

Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick, nearing retirement, is hauled back to the front line to help deal with the fallout. But when the dead girl’s father seeks to lay the blame on Resnick’s partner, DI Lynn Kellogg, Resnick finds the line between the personal and the professional dangerously blurred.

Meanwhile, the Serious and Organised Crime Agency starts to show a keen interest in one of Kellogg’s murder cases--a case the agency is convinced is linked to international gun running and people trafficking. Soon Kellogg is drawn into a web of deceit and betrayal that puts both her and Resnick in mortal danger.

In Cold In Hand, John Harvey brings back "one of the most fully realized characters in modern crime fiction" (Sue Grafton) in another heart-stopping procedural.

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It's Valentine's Day, and a dispute between rival gangs leaves a teenage girl dead. Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick, nearing retirement, is hauled back to the front line to help deal with the fallout. But when the dead girl's father seeks to lay the blame on Resnick's partner, DI Lynn Kellogg, Resnick finds the line between the personal and the professional dangerously blurred. Meanwhile, the Serious and Organised Crime Agency starts to show a keen interest in one of Kellogg's murder cases--a case the agency is convinced is linked to international gun running and people trafficking. Soon Kellogg is drawn into a web of deceit and betrayal that puts both her and Resnick in mortal danger.… (more)

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