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John Harvey
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25 April 2013 Frank Elder (Book 2)

When the takedown of a violent criminal goes badly wrong, something doesn't feel right to Detective Sergeant Maddy Birch. And her uneasiness is compounded by her belief that someone is following her home.

Retired Detective Inspector Frank Elder's daughter, Katherine, is running wild. Elder's fears for his daughter are underscored by guilt - it was his involvement in a case that led directly to the abduction and rape which has so unbalanced Katherine's life.

Persuaded out of retirement, Elder reopens a cold case which could have devastating repercussions for the crime squad itself. Elder's investigations take place against the backdrop of his increasing concern for his daughter. He must battle his own demons before he can uncover the truth.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (25 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099585642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099585640
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ash and Bone starts where Flesh and Blood left off, in every sense. Harvey once again gets everything right, jangling the nerves and plucking the heart-strings as he leads us sure-footedly through a complex plot whose disparate elements he holds in perfect balance. Another marvellous read." (Reginald Hill)

"John Harvey is one of my favourite writers. Whenever he has a new book out it goes to the top of my reading list. And I haven't been disappointed yet." (Peter Robinson)

"Ash & Bone, like everything I've read of Harvey's, is distinguished by seriousness, sophistication and stylistic elegance." (Washington Post)

"John Harvey continues to delight all readers who relish his hard-boiled gritty style and recognise the authenticity of his English inner city settings." (Daily Mail)

"Immaculately engineered thriller...Harvey's book is fast, fluent and exciting, with a pace and assurance that never lets up." (Literary Review)

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The second Detective Inspector Frank Elder novel, from the master of British crime writing.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rivetting read 6 Oct 2007
You don't need me to tell you what this is about - you can read the synopsis for yourself. If you want to know whether this is worth your time and money, then the answer is a resounding yes, if your tastes run to Detective fiction, because John Harvey writes some of the best examples of the genre.

This is the second of the Frank Elder books, and it's just as good as the first. The characters are credible and well developed, as is the plot, which has 2 distinct elements which come to a satisfying conclusion. Well paced and written in a no nonsense style, this is highly recommended. If you like Peter Robinson, or say, Michael Connolly, then you'll like this
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 4 Jun 2008
By M. V. Clarke VINE VOICE
Having read a few of John Harvey's short stories, including one featuring Frank Elder, the central character of this novel, I looked forward to reading this, and was not disappointed. It's a gripping story, vividly told with detailed characters and a complex and convincing plot. Harvey's characters are multi-layered individuals - we see much of Elder's professional, personal and family life in detail, while his relationships with colleagues are a source of light humour. There are multiple strands to the plot, some apparently obvious while others come as a great surprise. Well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and gripping 19 April 2008
By Bluebell TOP 100 REVIEWER
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A year or so ago, I discovered John Harvey as a writer by mistake -- I thought I was buying a thriller by Ian Rankin's Nom de Plume, Jack Harvey! But I wasn't disappointed. He and Ian Rankin (in his Rebus crime novels) have certain similarities in their styles of gritty realism and that their main characters are Detective Inspectors (retired in the case of Harvey's Frank Elder) who are loners with broken marriages and daughters who have been kidnapped in the past.

Ash and Bone starts with a riveting first chapter that is the spring-board to a gripping central murder story about which two other narratives intertwine. Consequently, there are quite a few characters to keep track of, but by the end of the book the threads are all brought together very satisfactorily.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well written and tightly plotted 7 Sep 2008
This is a rattling read as we get to grips with crimes past and present as well as the tortuous private life of the main character. A bleak tale of greed and nastiness with little to make you optimistic about the police force's capacity to reform itself or of man's capacity to do good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crime thriller 27 Feb 2013
By Shirley
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Excellent novel. Love this authors style of writing and the plot is good. Will certainly read other novels by him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another cracker... 10 Jan 2011
J.H. very rarely fails to impress and this one is no exception - it hooks the reader in the first few pages and effortlessly manages to run seemingly disparate plotlines together throughout, yet still be easily followed and believable all the way to a satifying conclusion.

Many shocks and surprises along the way as is usual from the author - very much recommended for fans of the detective/thriller genre - if you like Michael Connelly, Ian Rankin et al you won't be disappointed.
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