- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: William Heinemann (22 May 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0434022926
- ISBN-13: 978-0434022922
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.1 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 105 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 468,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Darkness, Darkness: (Resnick 12) Hardcover – 22 May 2014
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"A clever choice of subject, allowing Resnick to reflect on old conflicts, and an elegiac farewell to Harvey’s much-loved detective." (Sunday Times)
"Charlie Resnick's last case not only recreates the sense of betrayal and despair that prevailed during the Miners' Strike, but also vividly tracks the underlying currents of corruption and fear in a society still suffering from the blind greed and callous betrayals of that divisive era. A dark, yet elegant and utterly compelling novel, Darkness, Darkness is a masterpiece, a fit farewell to a character so many of us have loved for quarter of a century." (John Burnside)
"His finest in years … This is a troubling tale that succeeds not only as a murder mystery but as a memorial to an epic struggle that pitted neighbour against neighbour." (Mail on Sunday)
"Darkness, Darkness is the twelfth and final novel in the superb series featuring the Nottingham copper Charlie Resnick, and what a terrific farewell it is. Published on the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike, it is both a masterful mystery and a moving homage to the events witnessed by the author. His exit is a brilliant farewell." (The Times)
"Darkness, Darkness is so good that it makes me grateful not to have Charlie Resnick for competition any more, but as a reader I'll mourn his loss. If only every series of crime novels could end with such grace and style." (John Connolly)
"There is no end to Charlie Resnick. He lives in the imaginations of all those lucky readers who have picked up a book and traveled with him like an old friend. Darkness, Darkness is yet another superb telling of the character by John Harvey. As distinctly as I remember reading the first Resnick I will always remember this one. Rich in wistful telling, the story holds your heart steady in a tight fist. It doesn't let you go. It doesn't let you let go of the man either." (Michael Connelly)
"Harvey’s gritty, downbeat tales of Nottingham copper Charlie Resnick are some of the best recent English crime novels. Sadly this is the last one and the weary, jazz-loving ‘tec bows out in style." (Sun)
"In this masterful unearthing of the grudges and resentments left behind by the Miners' Strike of three decades ago, John Harvey has found the perfect case for Resnick to get his teeth into. All the ingredients are here: social history, the problem of male violence, the shadow of death, and, of course, the search for a decent cup of coffee. Anyone new to Resnick's world should probably start here; John Harvey has saved the best for last." (Jon McGregor)
"Not since D.H. awrence has a writer so captured the Nottinghamshire vernacular and place. In this atmospheric novel the crime is real: seedy and un-glamorised and the detective, Charlie Resnick, delving into a cold case, is older, wiser and like all good detectives, doing things his own sweet way. King of Crime John Harvey here demonstrates with trademark rationed lyricism how he earned his crown: he offers up a pitch-perfect ending for Resnick and the series that’s masterful, poignant and true." (Jill Dawson)
"The last bow for Harvey’s intuitive Nottingham-based Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick, with his offbeat ways and difficulties with relationships, moves you to tears with its indelible poignancy." (Daily Mail)
The final DI Charlie Resnick novel, from the Cartier Diamond Dagger winner and Sunday Times bestselling author of Cold in Hand.See all Product description
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Dealing with a cold case from the miners' strike of 1984, Harvey switches the narrative between the present and those dark, unsettling times, and the atmosphere of the mid-eighties is indeed done well. But as the main theme for Resnick's last case, it does feel a bit pedestrian and underwhelming. Resnick seems a shadow of his former self, almost a secondary character at times, and much of the set piece action - dialogue conducted during police interviews over cups of tea and scones and jam - has been done to death by Harvey in other books, and here felt occasionally like something Peter Robinson would come up with to keep his stories going.
"Cold in Hand" was one of the most gripping - and shocking - novels I have read, and that's down to the sense of caring about Resnick and finding him a really believable and well-drawn character. Here, it just all feels a little tired and jaded, with the sense that Harvey is casting one last look back over the various landscapes and themes that have fuelled his books over the years.
Readable enough, but slightly under-powered as a finale to a generally wonderful series of novels, Darkness, Darkness will prove to be a bitter-sweet read for many fans of Harvey's work I suspect, particularly those who will come to this expecting a bit more than it delivers.
This take on the scenario at the time, shows a different side to the way the miners conducted themselves. especially with regard to trying to obtain money to keep afloat their hopeless cause.
In the middle remains the anger and the desperation of no work, no job, no prospects so when a body is discovered by chance, underneath some fairly recent renovation work, a cold case becomes rather more important.
It's a good story which flits seemlessly from today's events to those of the Striking years and the final clues do not become apparent until the end of the book.
I'm pleased the author hasn't totally signed off Resnick. Maybe he'll reappear but, meantime, we can enjoy this book knowing that it is a fitting story to match the earlier releases.
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