Body and Soul

John Harvey

From the master of British Crime Writing comes Frank Elder’s last case.


The heavy manacles around the girl’s wrists, perhaps not surprisingly, looked very much like the ones that had been found on the studio floor. For a moment, she had a vision of the chain to which they were attached being swung through the air, taking on force and speed before striking home.Then swung again.

When his estranged daughter Katherine appears on his doorstep, ex-Detective Frank Elder knows that something is wrong.

Katherine has long been troubled, and Elder has always felt powerless to help her.

But now Katherine has begun to self-destruct.

The breakdown of her affair with a controversial artist has sent her into a tailspin which culminates in murder.

And as Elder struggles to protect his daughter and prove her innocence, the terrors of the past threaten them both once more ...

'An expertly plotted and moving final act for an old-school investigator of the best sort, from a true master of the genre' Guardian Books of the Month

'This is wonderfully atmospheric crime writing – a tribute to Harvey’s exceptional talent' Daily Mail

'The 79-year-old Harvey has made it clear that Body & Soul is his last novel, and what an excellent farewell it is …. Elder and Resnick are both greats of British crime fiction.' - The Times Book of the Month

‘Few writers have even approached Harvey’s grasp of atmosphere which, mingled with some sharpish social comment and utterly believable characters, makes them a must read’ - Crime Review

‘Sadly, this is Harvey’s last book after a 40-year crime writing masterclass.’ - Peterborough Telegraph

  • William Heinemann
  • Published 19th April 2018
  • 304 Pages
  • 162mm x 240mm x 29mm
  • 544g
  • £14.99