The stunning new crime novel from the Cartier Diamond Dagger winner and LondonTimesbestselling author.
When a 17-year-old Moldovan boy is found dead on Hampstead Heath, the case falls to DCI Karen Shields and her overstretched Homicide & Serious Crime Unit. Karen knows she needs a result. What she doesn't know is that her new case is tied inextricably to a much larger web of gang warfare and organized crime which infiltrates almost every aspect of London society.
Brilliantly plotted and filled with rich, subtle characters, John Harvey's latest novel reveals him once again as a masterful writer with his finger firmly on the pulse of twenty-first century crime.
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About the Author
John Harvey has been writing crime fiction for more than forty years. The first novel of his twelve-part Charlie
Resnick series, Lonely Hearts, was selected by The Times of London as one of the “100 Best Crime Novels of the
Century.” His novels featuring Frank Elder include Flesh & Blood, which won the Silver Dagger Award and a Barry
Award, and Ash & Bone, which was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Award. He was awarded the CWA
Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in the crime genre in 2007. He lives in England.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have a lot of time for John Harvey. I can’t figure out why he is not more widely read here in the U.S. He writes British police procedurals, but with a deep intelligence and special flair. He does it all—the characterizations, the humanity, the procedure, the mystery--and then throws in a little music, a little talk about literature, food, wine…man, I just love this stuff. He is another of those authors whose books I save until I want a surefire weekend read-a-thon going on. Harvey is certainly the equal of Ian Rankin or Kate Atkinson, so if you like those popular authors, prepare for something special with Harvey. It looks like several of his books are being reissued this year or shortly thereafter. He has a couple of series, one that features main character Charlie Resnick and one with Frank Elder. These series don't go on forever, though we might like it if they did. Harvey takes time crafting his books and we never get "full." Definitely check him out if you haven’t already. He’s been writing a long time, and like Rankin and Atkinson, he just gets better as he goes along. Best of all, he provides us his influences at the end of this book, giving us some insight into his creative process. Harvey praises Ladder of Angels by Brian Thompson as one of the finest crime novels in recent decades. I have never heard of this author, and my guess is you haven't either. I am pleased to get a recommendation from an author I admire. This stand-alone novel follows two separate investigations in different parts of England which end up circling the same house: the house of a drug and sex trafficker. We follow both threads which rarely overlap, one investigation led by a thirty-something black female homicide investigator based in London, and one led by an old copper close to retirement, shunted to a quiet out-of-the-way Cornwall precinct to finish off his duties. We like these folks. They don’t have their perceptions skewed, just sharpened, by their line of work. “Good Bait” is a jazz song, recorded many times by different artists. You might want to snag one (or several) of those recordings to prepare for settling down with this fine novel.
We certainly get to know some of the characters very well. Maybe tooo well. At times I jumped forward - i already knew this character well and wanted to get on with the atory.
Skipped the middle. Not very good.
I am a great fan of John Harvey. Enjoyed every Frank Elder and Charlie Resnick book and bought as soon as they came out which I do not normally do. In Good Bait, the two main story lines were good as were the characters but it lacked something that I cannot put my finger on. Really love reading books on my Nook. So much better than paperbacks.