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Last Rites

door John Harvey

Reeksen: Charlie Resnick (10)

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"The great strength of the Resnick series has always been Harvey's grasp of the mess and muddle of human life and his ability to find poetry in the midst of that mess. . . . The perfect end for a nearly perfect series."--"Booklist"Guns and drugs on the streets, armed police, gang warfare, and Michael Preston, sentenced to life for murder, is allowed out for his mother's funeral and goes on the run . . .Diamond Dagger winner John Harvey will be the International Guest of Honor at Bouchercon in October. Harcourt will release the eleventh book in the Resnick series, in cloth, in February.… (meer)
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Last Rites by John Harvey is the 10th book in his Charlie Resnick series of police procedural novels. In this outing Charlie’s team is struggling with a number of cases, including a prison escape, gun violence and drug-related crimes. Charlie himself is feeling rather low as his relationship with Hannah Campbell appears to be drifting away and he isn’t sure what his future will entail. Meanwhile he is drawing closer to ex-team member, Lynn Kellogg who is dealing with a family crisis and needing Charlie’s strength.

The narrative meshes solidly and tension builds as the story moves along. I have always found that this series fully embraces the concept of police team work. Although Charlie is the boss and oversees the direction his team is headed, much of action and detail falls on the shoulders of his team. Charlie’s town of Nottingham is on the brink of gang warfare and corruption in the police department is of real concern. The escaped prisoner is a violent, hard man who is a real danger to the community. These various threads are woven together into a cohesive story line and Charlie’s rumpled, world-weary demeanor is a comfort to both his team and the reader.

Last Rites was originally meant to be the last in the series although Harvey went on to write two more Charlie Resnick books later. There is a feeling of finality to this story as many past characters return to be updated and dealt with. This series has been a favorite of mine and I am happy that I still have two more Charlie Resnick books to look forward to. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jul 24, 2018 |
Apparently, only two novels with Charlie Resnick as the main character are left after this one. As mentioned in a previous review, Harvey improves these stories with each progressive novel.

He mostly sticks with his formula of taking threads that seem unrelated and then weaving them into a broad, interrelated tale.

I also like how he brings back characters from previous books that one feels as if he simply forgot about them.

I don't want to bring up other aspects of the story out of fear of spoiling parts of it, so if a person has enjoyed, this series, then keep on reading the novels and he or she won't be disappointed. ( )
  EricEllis | Sep 2, 2017 |
A happy ending for Charlie Resnick, who'd have thought!? I have the new book to read though so maybe after all these years John Harvey has something else in store for him. ( )
  Superenigmatix | Jan 16, 2016 |
i read this before and didn't recall it at all. hope it doesn't happen again. ( )
  mahallett | Jul 27, 2010 |
Despite enjoying John Harvey's Frank Elder books I found this heavy going and couldn't seem to connect with the characters. ( )
  edwardsgt | Jul 15, 2007 |
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"The great strength of the Resnick series has always been Harvey's grasp of the mess and muddle of human life and his ability to find poetry in the midst of that mess. . . . The perfect end for a nearly perfect series."--"Booklist"Guns and drugs on the streets, armed police, gang warfare, and Michael Preston, sentenced to life for murder, is allowed out for his mother's funeral and goes on the run . . .Diamond Dagger winner John Harvey will be the International Guest of Honor at Bouchercon in October. Harcourt will release the eleventh book in the Resnick series, in cloth, in February.

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