DARKNESS AND LIGHT
By John Harvey, Arrow
JOHN HARVEY has a few crime series on the go. Careful characters with enough idiosyncratic behaviour to appeal, and not too much so you won’t get bored.
Jump straight into the third Frank Elder book, a retired detective who lives a semi hermit like existence, brought back to the city as a favour to his ex- wife. A friend’s sister is missing. She hasn’t been home in a while. And when she returns, she’s been dead a while. I really enjoy Harvey’s style, it’s a little old school, like his characters.
Solutions come about from leg work and people, not just forensics and microscopic breakthroughs.
There are unlikely twists that don’t wait till the end of the story to spin you in another direction.
No crime fiction is for the faint hearted. This is not a warm fuzzy story, and it hints of darker, earlier tales but it’s not as violent and as graphic as others. It makes for a perfect fireside read.
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