Darkness & Light (Frank Elder, #3) by John HarveyFormer cop Frank Elder is once more drawn out of retirement by a phone call from his ex-wife, this time asking him to look into the disappearance of her friend Jennies older, widowed sister Claire in Nottingham. Elder reluctantly agrees to return to the city where his family disintegrated.
Elder soon uncovers sexual secrets of Claires that take Jennie by surprise. But when Claire is found dead at home--unmarked and carefully dressed--it is Elder who is surprised by the similarities to an old case. To solve this riddle, Elder will have to repartner with another person from his past, Detective Inspector Maureen Prior, and delve into several suspects own traumatic histories.
In a case in which neither memories, confessions, nor instincts can be trusted, Elder struggles with the weight of the past and Harvey delivers another psychologically trenchant page-turner.
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Elder reluctantly returns to the city where his family disintegrated. But when Claire is found dead at home—unmarked and carefully dressed—it is Elder who is surprised by the similarities to an old case. In a case in which neither memories, confessions, nor instincts can be trusted, Elder struggles with the weight of the past and Harvey delivers another psychologically trenchant page-turner. Pages : Carton Quantity : 1.
John Harvey born 21 December in London is a British author of crime fiction most famous for his series of jazz-influenced Charlie Resnick novels, based in the City of Nottingham. Harvey has published over books under various names, and has worked on scripts for TV and radio. He started writing in the s when he produced a variety of pulp fiction including westerns. Harvey brought the series to an end in with Darkness, Darkness , which he dramatised for the stage and which was produced at Nottingham Playhouse in Resnick has also made peripheral appearances in Harvey's new Frank Elder series. The new protagonist Elder is a retired detective who now lives, as Harvey briefly did, in Cornwall.
Frank has taken early retirement from a respected if not distinguished career in the Nottingham police force and, as in previous books, lives in a Spartan existence in Cornwall. He has left the remnants of his life in Nottingham: his ex-wife, Joanne, who in her superficial, materialistic values is the opposite of Frank, and a troubled and distant teenage daughter, Katharine. I enjoyed the previous two outings for Elder, but found them overall not as assured as Harvey's superb Resnik books. As well as being the third outing for Elder, the book is itself divided into thirds. The first, and most successful, third, tells the story of Frank's temporary return to Nottingham to search for a missing woman. The gradual uncovering of her life, as seen through Frank's eyes while he searches for her, is compelling to read.