The third DI Charlie Resnick novel, from the master of British crime writing.
A savage assault with a scalpel leaves Dr Tim Fletcher's body badly slashed in a deserted walkway - the first victim in a series of brutal assaults on hospital staff.
As panic grips the city, it's up to Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick to find the killer.
Faced with a mass of clues that lead nowhere and a past he cannot forget, it's not long before he's pushed close to breaking point.
Harvey plays it note perfect in a plot so solidly built you could pick it up and bounce it. Suspenseful, humane and satisfying
If the title King of Crime is to go to the male writer who is at the summit of his form writing some of the best crime fiction on this side of the Atlantic, the crown is John Harvey's
The inner city is brilliantly and chillingly drawn so that you can almost smell the wet concrete. Top marks