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Her boss and may even have lost her job as well as her friend Pretty soon the police have proof that Nancy was kidnapped and then as the New Year celebrations wind down the first tape arrives and Resnick knows they're dealing with a dangerous psychopa. Another satisfying Charlie Resnick novel We continue to learn about Charlie and are treated to an interesting story These books make me happy

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Cold Light Charles Resnick #6

'Forty eight hours that's what they reckon isn't it Forty eight hours If you don't find them in that likely they're sodding dead'A cabbie's just been beaten up there's a drunk and disorderly in the interview room and a possible child abuser on the way. Cold Light by John HarveyAnother very good novel in the Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick series set in Nottingham As expected we find Charlie still living alone in the formal matrimonial home with his cats and the occasional jazz music when he has time to relax It s Christmas when Nancy Phelon goes missing following a Christmas Eve dinner and dance The suspects are four previous boyfriends and Gary James who recently had held her captive in the Housing Department offices where Nancy worked The leads are thin and seem to lead nowhere meanwhile DC Lynn Kellog is worried about her father who is possibly suffering from bowel cancer As ever DC Divine continues his sexual innuendoes and harassment that uite rightly inflame Lynn Is there a link to a previous case in the Bristol area Then a body is found and another woman disappears On top off all this there is a possible child abuse enuiry and a taxi driver is assaulted and robbed all over the Christmas and New Year which are the holidays for most peopleCharlie Resnick s character epitomises the sad life of a police officer Wife left and lives alone any social life continuously interrupted by the demands of the work Any chance of a relationship appears doomed and he cannot drag himself away from the house in which he appears as a solitary lodger His life makes me feel rather sadThe author does well to portray the empathy between Charlie and his staff and his frost attitude towards the senior officers who seem to spend time chasing each other and their careers without doing much policing As with many police procedural novels of this period a lot of alcohol is involved I did feel that the story could be enhanced with some better descriptions of Nottingham and its environsThis is a good but not a memorable story and in my score it is 35 to 4

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In Nothing unusual there then just a pretty normal Christmas holiday for DI Resnick and his teamNormal that is until Dana Matthieson calls to report her flatmate Nancy missingDana's had a pretty grim Christmas herself she's been sexually harassed by. This is a detailed and competent police procedural with generally strong writing You really get a sense of how law enforcement operates and the burdens it places on police both professionally and personally It s readable if perhaps a bit overlongBut it could have been a whole lot better There are almost thirty characters of conseuence which is a lot for a reader to keep straight and a number of the side stories end up having no relation to the plot With that many characters it is difficult for many of them to be fully developed and the police people ends up seeming either bland or reduced to a single characteristicIt s hard somehow not to like Resnick though I have difficulty figuring out why He is the usual formerly married police guy with uirks his are jazz and food Like Dell Shannon s Luis Mendoza he has four cats all named after jazz musicians His relationships with women are a mess and while he is not an abuser he is also not reliable One night he mistakenly books two dates does not show up for either one work intervened and never calls either woman to say he can t make itMost things in the book are reasonably good Unfortunately the plot is not one of them There is not an orderly process to resolution and the ending comes suddenly though there is some annoying foreshadowing The perpetrator is a bit of a cliche and so is the way everything sorts itself out at the endI must say that having now read two Harvey books I sure don t have any interest in visiting Nottingham


10 thoughts on “Cold Light Charles Resnick #6

  1. says:

    This was a fastpaced murder and kid knapping mystery It took place in London England The character development was wonderfu

  2. says:

    The Charlie Resnick series is one of my favorite British police procedurals Resnick is a rather gentle sad complicated smart and intuitive man which somehow makes him a great detective and attractive I have read all the series now missed this one somehow earlier They are well written with fleshed out characters and interesting plot twists Th

  3. says:

    Cold Light

  4. says:

    This is a detailed and competent police procedural with generally strong writing You really get a sense of how law enforcement oper

  5. says:

    This was my first Charlie Resnick novel and I remember being pretty impressed Harvey's one of the rare genre writers in this case crime fiction who transcends genre Cold Light in some ways reminds you of Ed McBain's cop novels The main story the tragic disappearance of young woman on Christmas Eve is told from a variety of viewpoints with numerous side stories that in the end contribute rather than detract f

  6. says:

    A very satisfying police procedural from the master British crime writer and I don't for a minute mean to damn with faint praise In this book pretty much smack in the middle of the Inspector Charlie Resnick series our protagonist is confronted with the disappearance of a young woman whom he met briefly after she had a tense confrontation in her social work office with a disgruntled home renter who of course bec

  7. says:

    Most book series reuire the reader to start at the beginning because of development of characterization But with John Harvey's engaging 6th Charlie Resnick novel Cold Light those rules do not applyA few minor adjustments to Charlie Resnick have already transpired in previous novels but to read Cold Light out of seuence will not impair your understanding of this gripping tour de forceMuch like other intelligent page turning Brit

  8. says:

    Another satisfying Charlie Resnick novel We continue to learn about Charlie and are treated to an interesting story These books make me happy

  9. says:

    35 stars A decent book but 23 years old I prefer to read mysteries which were written closer to the present My one criticism is that the ending is rather abrupt

  10. says:

    I like this series and