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4.0 out of 5 stars A treat for those who are true fans of John Harvey, 26 Nov. 2012
L. J. Roberts (Oakland, CA, USA) - See all my reviews
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First Sentence: - None; this is a collection of short stores

John Harvey is a poet, dramatist, broadcaster, and very funny man in person although you certainly would not have known that by this collection. He is also the author of countless book. There two series in particular police procedurals I have enjoyed: The police procedurals with Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick; lover of jazz, owned by cats; and Frank Elder, who tried to retire from the force and failed. I was delighted to see both of them appear in this collection, along with ex-cop/PI Jack Kiley and a few stories with other characters as well.

I freely admit to not being a fan of short stores. By the time I become involved, the story is done. However, Harvey pulled me a bit past my usual bias, and that's saying something.

These are dark, gritty stories; not noir, but certainly hard-boiled detective fiction. They are about people you hope not to know and lives you'd rather not have touch yours. If anything, the darkness felt grim and unrelenting; almost too much so. A little relief would have been greatly appreciated. The stories are compact, tightly written and complete. Each stands well on its own merit, and the quality of Harvey's writing is very apparent.

I would not recommend "A Darker Shade of Blue" to new Harvey readers. However, I would definitely recommend it to those who are fans of his writing, particularly those who are fans of short stories, as well.

A DARKER SHADE OF BLUE (Short Story Collection-Various characters-England-Contemp) - VG
Harvey, John
Pegasus Crime, 2012
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