The second Detective Inspector Frank Elder novel, from the master of British crime writing.
When the take-down of a violent criminal goes badly wrong, something doesn't feel right to Detective Sergeant Maddy Birch. And her uneasiness is compounded by her belief that someone is following her home.
Retired Detective Inspector Frank Elder's daughter, Katherine, is running wild. Elder's fears for his daughter are underscored by guilt - it was his involvement in a case that led directly to the abduction and rape which has so unbalanced Katherine's life.
Persuaded out of retirement, Elder reopens a cold case which could have devastating repercussions for the crime squad itself. Elder's investigations take place against the backdrop of his increasing concern for his daughter. He must battle his own demons before he can uncover the truth.
Ash and Bone starts where Flesh and Blood left off, in every sense. Harvey once again gets everything right, jangling the nerves and plucking the heart-strings as he leads us sure-footedly through a complex plot whose disparate elements he holds in perfect balance. Another marvellous read.
John Harvey is one of my favourite writers. Whenever he has a new book out it goes to the top of my reading list. And I haven't been disappointed yet.
Ash & Bone, like everything I've read of Harvey's, is distinguished by seriousness, sophistication and stylistic elegance.
John Harvey continues to delight all readers who relish his hard-boiled gritty style and recognise the authenticity of his English inner city settings.
Immaculately engineered thriller...Harvey's book is fast, fluent and exciting, with a pace and assurance that never lets up.