Tuesday, 27 January 2009

MORE ON JOHN HARVEY'S COLD IN HAND

John Harvey's excellent Resnick novel, Cold In Hand, will be hitting the shelves in paperback in February. Meanwhile, my review posted earlier this month here, has just been posted at Crime Time (you can hit it again, here). But why wait for the paperback?

I've been talking a lot about Resnick lately, because you can see the influence of Sjowall and Wahloo's Martin Beck in him, but there's a very special quality to way Harvey delineates the man's inner strength, something different from the more obsessive character of Beck or Wallander, and the way in which Harvey has always been able to reflect his wide story and Resnick's inner conflicts and personal stories, so they illuminate each other. It's one of the top police series ever, anywhere.

2 comments :

maxine said...

I loved this book, though it is very sad. At the end, maybe a chink of hope, but I think Harvey's bleakest book?

Michael Carlson said...

I wouldn't argue; though Resnick has always been bleak, but it's one thing to be let down by those who are supposed to support you in the course of everyday events, and another in the course of the events of this book. Which of course is what makes it so good...