Published September 2014
The final DI Charlie Resnick novel, from the Cartier Diamond Dagger winner and Sunday Times bestselling author of Cold in Hand.
Thirty years ago, the Miners’ Strike threatened to tear the country apart, turning neighbour against neighbour, husband against wife, father against son – enmities which smoulder still.
Resnick, recently made up to inspector, and ambivalent at best about some of the police tactics, had run an information gathering unit at the heart of the dispute.
Now, in virtual retirement, and still grieving over the violent death of his former partner, the discovery of the body of a young woman who disappeared during the Strike brings Resnick back to the front line to assist in the investigation into the woman’s murder – forcing him to confront his past in what will assuredly be his last case.
I have clear memories of 1984 and seeing scenes of carnage as the police and miners clashed. I was a child at the time. The miners’ strike is such a wonderful setting for a crime novel and I completely applaud authors who use it as a backdrop. The political and social tensions of the time, and the sad decline of the coal industry and mining communities was the end result. A different time, when the country was divided.
This is the first John Harvey novel I have read. It’s a shame when you read a novel featuring a rather interesting detective character, to see its the last in a series. I felt very drawn to Charlie Resnick and got a little insight into the man he was.
The plot was just brilliant, with the narrative alternating between the present day and 1984. A skeleton was found and identified as a woman who had gone missing in 1984. She is mother and strike supporter, Jenny Hardwick. Slowly Resnick and DI Catherine Njoroge, the lead on the case find out the truth.
Gritty, sad and beautifully written. I just loved it. Social history and crime merged into a lovely impressive read. I will have to read the rest of this series now.