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Lonely Hearts: (Resnick 1) (Charlie Resnick Series) [Kindle Edition]

John Harvey
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Shirley Peters is dead. Murdered. Her body is found twelve hours later in her own home. Just one of the many sordid domestic crimes hitting the city. Tony Macliesh, her rejected boyfriend, is the obvious prime suspect and he’s just been picked off the Aberdeen train and put straight into custody.

But then another woman is sexually abused and throttled to death. And suddenly there appears to be one too many connections between these seemingly unrelated crimes.

Detective Inspector Resnick is sure that the two murders are the work of one sadistic killer – two lonely hearts broken by one maniac. And it’s up to Resnick to put the record straight – and put the bastard where he belongs.

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    "John Harvey's Inspector Charlie Resnick sequence has set the benchmark for the British police procedural" (Val McDermid)

    "John Harvey's Resnick novels are far and away the finest British police procedurals ever written" (GQ)

    Book Description

    The first DI Charlie Resnick novel, from the master of British crime writing.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 720 KB
    • Print Length: 368 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1446492745
    • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (30 Sept. 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B005JDTT1O
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,954 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars First of one of the best British crime series 21 April 2001
    By A Customer
    Lonely Hearts is a very enjoyable police procedural set in the City of Nottingham. It is the first novel in a series featuring the same likeable detective, Inspector Charlie Resnick who is a lover of women, jazz, cats, and food (the latter of which means he is a bit overweight).
    This book is about a serial rapist attacking and later killing a number of women contacted through the lonely hearts pages of the local newspaper. The investigation proceeds without much melodramatic incident - which means that the investigation is portrayed realistically - though it no less suspenseful or exciting for that.
    I enjoyed almost everything about this book: the humour (and there is humour even amid horrors on the streets), the slightly down-at-heel grittiness of it, and the characterisation, especially of Resnick and Rachel Chaplin, a young social worker with whom Resnick becomes involved.
    Suffice to say that I have already bought other books in the series and am looking forward to reading them too.
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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I first Stumbled across John Harvey whilst on holiday last year and having run out of books I found ash and bone, one of his Frank Elder Novels. Having enjoyed this tremendously, I decided to buy the first three books of the Resnick series, many reviewers of Harveys books have mentioned that their is no real need to do this and that although the books go in chronological order, they are still 'stand alone' books. This is largely true, but some of the nuances and subtley in Harveys characterisations can be lost when reading these books out of sequence.

    Resnick himself on the face of things could appear to be one of the dullest detectives put to paper, he loves jazz, lives alone, eats sandwiches every meal time and has four cats. Not exactly in your Harry Bosch or John Rebus mould, but then if he was it would detract from the whole point of Harveys writing, and this I feel is that he wishes to create realism and to also offer his readers the credit of being able to add there own assumptions to what at times he leaves unsaid. I personally think this is Harvey's gift, he writes in a prose that is often complicated and gritty, but this creates a feeling that you are reading a book about life itself and not something that has been fabricated beyond all sense of reality (i.e James Patterson).

    Lonely Hearts is by no means the stand out book in the series and does come some way short of others like off minor, cutting edge and rough treatment. But if you dont treat this book as a 'stand alone' and look at it as the first in a truly remarkable series of crime writing fiction, then it's simply a 'must read'.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars First of a superb series 18 Aug. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    This is my favourite author and my favourite series of books. Why? Because the character of Charlie Resnick is so well-written that he is a real person to me. You have to like him, you can't help it! The plots are almost a 'by the way' because the developing story of D I Resnick in each book is of sufficient interest to keep me reading. However, there is a perfectly-executed balance between the two; the story of the inspector and the unfolding story of the crime couldn't exist without each other.

    It also helps that I can remember a brief TV series of some of these books, with Tom Wilkinson playing Resnick and that's how I've imagined him ever since. It also helps that I know Nottingham very well and can recognise many of the locations. I've been reading and re-reading all the Resnick books since they were first published and will continue to do so.

    Would recommend without hesitation.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Dull story, good banter. 5 Sept. 2014
    By Carmen
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    This series was brought to my attention as there was talk amongst crime enthusiasts that Harvey has recently put Resnick to bed. Having never tried him I thought I'd go back to the beginning - often not the best book in a series, but usually important as to the background and relationships of the investigating team. I was aware that this was written before the technological big bang of recent years and quite liked nostalgic reminders of Tippex and the fact that Top Shop was at one time considered crass!

    I loved the characterisation of Resnick's team. Maybe a little stereotypical, but the banter and humour were what drew me past the first few pages. Resnick himself is as dull as ditchwater - cats, bellies and grubby ties do not do it for me I'm afraid!

    But the rest of the book was so pedestrian it was like reading an episode of Midsomer Murders. Other reviewers have mentioned how they knew the setting. After several chapters I had to google to discover where Harvey set his books. There was honestly no mention from beginning to end and it could have been anywhere. The only clue was the 'lace making section of the city,' mentioned in passing. Even the football team was described as 'the reds.' I have an intense dislike of books with fictional settings and this honestly felt like it was one of those - despite reviewers who were local to Nottingham recognising areas of the city - it was completely unrecognisable to those who have never been.

    Also, the story was just dull. Nothing happened after the initial couple of bodies were found. There were few real suspects to choose from and whilst I also didn't understand the ending (like others have mentioned) I presumed it was because I scanned the last 80 pages as I was bored.

    I may, at some stage, pick up a book further into the series as I did enjoy the writing and the humour. Three and a half stars.
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