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Cold Light (Charlie Resnick #6)

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It's a run-of-the-mill Christmas crime wave as far as D.I. Charlie Resnick is concerned - a cab driver badly beaten, one woman on drunk and disorderly charges, and a possible case of child abuse. All in all, things are under control, until they get a call from Dana Matthieson. For Dana's flatmate has been missing for eighteen hours by the time Resnick and his colleagues ha ...more
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Published May 1st 2002 by ISIS Audio Books (first published 1994)
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The Charlie Resnick series is one of my favorite British police procedurals. Resnick is a rather gentle, sad, complicated, smart and intuitive man which somehow makes him a great detective and attractive. I have read all the series now - missed this one somehow earlier. They are well-written with fleshed out characters and interesting plot twists. This one hands out subtle clues and doesn't send you down too many rabbit holes. The ending left me desperately trying to recall what happened next! G ...more
This was my first Charlie Resnick novel, and I remember being pretty impressed. Harvey's one of the rare genre writers - in this case, crime fiction - who transcends genre. Cold Light in some ways reminds you of Ed McBain's cop novels. The main story, the tragic disappearance of young woman on Christmas Eve, is told from a variety of viewpoints, with numerous side stories that in the end contribute, rather than detract, from the main story. Harvey's eye for detail is impressive. Cold Light takes ...more
Thomas Bruso
Most book series require the reader to start at the beginning because of development of characterization. But with John Harvey's engaging 6th Charlie Resnick novel, "Cold Light," those rules do not apply.

A few minor adjustments to Charlie Resnick have already transpired in previous novels, but to read Cold Light out of sequence will not impair your understanding of this gripping tour de force.

Much like other intelligent, page-turning British authors, (Susan Hill, Jim Kelly and Mark Billingham),
This series is more character driven than plot driven and I feel that is one of its strengths. The waning days of the Thatcher era in a declining industrial city provide the gritty backdrop for the work of Resnick and the CID. It's nearly Christmas and there is the usual array of minor crimes and domestic violence, but then a young social worker goes missing from a party after having been threatened by a client earlier in the day.

Resnick and his fellow police officers are the sustaining charact
I do really like the fictional Charlie Resnick. Sure he's another loner cop with a fractured personal life and a work ethic that sometimes seems to veer dangerously close to avoidance of the mess of the personal life, but he's also a man who loves his cats, is good to his friends, seems quite attractive to the ladies, and makes a very mean sandwhich.

There is a pool of these good, solid police procedural series coming from a similar time, and I am working my way back through them on occasions. So
David Peters
Book 6 of the Charlie Resnick series. The writing is getting really good, but I felt Harvey cheated by using a few extensive red herring sub-plots while almost spending almost no time on the real bad guy. Anyways, the positives were some incredible character development story lines, especiallyat the conclusion when Charlie defines his relationship with Lynn, another detective in the department. So the story was okay, the writing a little to loose, but the continuing characters are developed. A g ...more
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Another great detective story featuring Charlie Resnick, one of the best developed characters in crime fiction. The setting is christmas Eve and the Seerious Crime division had their usual drunk and disorderlies, break-ins and burgaries with newly wrapped gifts the target, a child abuse case, and, finmally, a missing person. Dana Matthieson had attended a company party, accepted a ride home from her boss, and almost raped when she arrived home and realized her roommate was missing. Nancy Phelan ...more
I’m an admirer of John Harvey, as well as a Resnik fan, so it’s not a surprise I liked this very much. The plot revolves around the kidnapping and maybe murder of beautiful women. There are the usual updates on the people at headquarters: Skelton, Naylor, Divine and Lynn, who this time has a big part. And the other cases in which the detectives are involved, especially one dealing with domestic violence, grabbed my interest. The characters are vividly portrayed and through the series one feels a ...more
Harvey, John. COLD LIGHT. (1994). ****.
This is the sixth in the Inspector Resnick series of police procedurals set in Nottingham. It would help to have read some of the earlier episodes to know the characters on the police force that Resnick works with, but not essential. As is usual with this genre, there are a variety of cases being worked on at the same time, but the main case is that of the kidnapping and subsequent murder of a young woman. The pacing in this one is near perfect, and will
Harvey, John - 6th in series
It is Christmas and Dana Matheison's flatmate, Nancy, has gone missing. Pretty soon the police have proof that Nancy was kidnapped and then - as the New Year celebrations wind down - the first tape arrives, and Detective-Inspector Resnick knows they're dealing with a dangerous psychopath.

British Pol Proc, well done
Brenda Chapman
John Harvey is one of the finest mystery writers - no flash just believable characters and well crafted plots. Cold Light weaves a few story lines that intersect for a while and then separate just as you think you've figured out the killer. Harvey writes mysteries with a bit of grit, a lot of realism and enough suspense to keep you up nights reading.
Tried to get into this book but it seemed to jump all over the place which was bad for me as it seemed like it would be a good book to read
I was somewhat disappointed in this book. I've read the Chief Inspector Resnick books many years ago and remember liking them. However, this one I feel never developed Resnick's character enough.
I also thought the ending was not what it could have been. Too coincidental.
A good mystery/detective procedural! Very British, but not too much so. Think Raymond Chandler with a British accent.

Another satisfying read from this author.
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