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More about John Harvey



"John Harvey's Resnick novels reinvented the British police procedural." - Val McDermid

In his blog, Harvey explains what he set out to do:

"When I sat down to write "Lonely Hearts" the first of the Charlie Resnick novels, it was with a clear sense of purpose: what I wanted to do was write a story which would simultaneously be English in its content and American in its influences. Its place and people would recognisably belong to the time and place in which I was living, but the means of presenting them would be closer to those of writers such as Elmore Leonard and Ross Thomas ...

Once it became clear that the Resnick books were going to become an ongoing series - a sequence - I was confirmed in my intention of giving, through them, a picture of what living in a medium-sized, post-industrial British city was like in the post- Thatcher years. Most of the crimes I write about are ordinary and everyday; they are committed by ordinary, everyday people, and because I believe the roots of most crime are socio-economic, it makes sense that I write in what is largely a 'realist' mode." — John Harvey, http://www.mellotone.co.uk/resnick.html

Major Novels Currently in Print

Cold in Hand (2008)

Powell's Books
Powell's Books
(Portland, OR, USA)


Lonely Hearts (1989)

Powell's Books
Powell's Books
(Portland, OR, USA)


Rough Treatment (1990)

Powell's Books
Powell's Books
(Portland, OR, USA)


Cutting Edge (1991)

Powell's Books
Powell's Books
(Portland, OR, USA)


Off Minor (1992)

Powell's Books
Powell's Books
(Portland, OR, USA)


Wasted Years (1993)

Powell's Books
Powell's Books
(Portland, OR, USA)


Cold Light (1994)

Powell's Books
Powell's Books
(Portland, OR, USA)


Living Proof (1995)

Powell's Books
Powell's Books
(Portland, OR, USA)


Easy Meat (1996)

Powell's Books
Powell's Books
(Portland, OR, USA)


Still Water (1997)

Powell's Books
Powell's Books
(Portland, OR, USA)


Last Rites (1998);

Powell's Books
Powell's Books
(Portland, OR, USA)