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Wasted Years (Charlie Resnick #5)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  268 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
A spree of brutal robberies forces Charlie Resnick to confront the darkest moment of his past
It starts with five professional thieves. At their first robbery, they press a sawed-off shotgun against a bank manager’s head, and leave with nearly forty thousand pounds. They repeat the trick three times, raking in nearly half a million in cash. They have yet to kill, but with e
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Published February 14th 2012 by Road (first published 1993)
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Dec 17, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The complex plot enhances this character study masquerading as a police procedural. I love the Charlie Resnick books...
Dec 11, 2014 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From Kirkus 1993 - pretty well says it.

It's 1992, and the scruffy Midlands city where Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick (Off Minor, etc.) lives and works is plagued by a series of well-planned robberies. They remind Charlie of similar happenings ten years back that ended with the jailing of taciturn, icy John Prior--after an encounter that brought Charlie closer to death than he'd ever been. Prior's blues singer wife Ruth became involved with a detective on the case--the sinister Rains. Charli
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Wasted Years is the fifth book in the Charlie Resnik series. John Harvey writes excellent British police procedural novels with tight plots, plenty of motivations and character anguish, and the story races along nicely. Wasted Years is another winner as far as Harvey's fans are concerned.

Here we have a novel which bounces between 'now' and ten years ago because Resnik is reminded of the past as he is part of a team investigating a series of very smart and successful robberies. They seem to be of
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
The detective investigates a series of robberies which echo crimes from the 1960s. Jazz-influenced crime thriller, set in Nottingham

Aug 16, 2015 Peggy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Resnick is on the case to find the people who are holding up businesses while wearing masks-and a dectective that had gone bad-is being sought by the police because they think he has had a hand in these hold ups. A young man named Keith gets involved with a man he once shared a cell with in jail-and under this man's thumb-he aides him in committing crimes-with each crime Darren gets bolder-which could put Keith's life in danger. This was a pretty good read, but at times the flashbacks and such m ...more
David Peters
Jan 21, 2011 David Peters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read John Harvey’s later works I knew he was a great writer. It was this faith that has sustained me through the first four books of his Charlie Resnick series. Charlie is a divorced, forty something, jazz-loving Detective Inspector with the Nottingham police force who solves crimes one plodding step at a time. I say plodding in a good way as he does not make unbelievable jumps in reasonable logic to suddenly solve the case; rather he takes the information at hand and pursues it relentles ...more
Aug 31, 2009 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It seems ridiculous to hem in some great writers as only "genre" writers, because they're just so damned good at what they do, but at his heart that is what Harvey is: a crime writer. But what a crime writer! If you want to get a feel for what it was like in England in the 1960s, 1980s (check out the riots in England at the time), and 1990s (all covered in this book), his novels are probably as good a place to go as any "serious" fiction. Harvey has an eye for detail (be it character, dialogue o ...more
Jan 03, 2009 Christianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Crime novels don't have to be well written to be enjoyable. I mean if you have a good mystery and some good action, well then, a crime novel can be a good and easy summer beach read. But with the Resnick series, you get it all. Fabulous writing, great characters, and compelling crime stories.

I've been trying to pinpoint what's so good about Harvey's writing, and I'm not sure I can explain it. He uses language deftly to create believable, relatable scenes and moods. I am able to understand compli
Jul 16, 2012 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fifth in Charlie Resnick series by John Harvey.The book starts with Charlie remembering ten years ago when a series of armed robberies sweept through the city where he worked as a policeman. He also rues the marriage that ended with Elaine when he caught her cheating on him. He also remembers the urban riots that broke out leaving a pervasive despair. Now, two separate groups of criminals are again threatening the security of the twon: Frank Churchill, former detective Raines and John Prior and ...more
Cyn Shepherd
Jun 25, 2014 Cyn Shepherd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Altogether a very entertaining series of police procedurals.
Meg Lynch
Charlie Resnick #5.
Mar 06, 2014 Bettie☯ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: BBC7 listeners
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Feb 02, 2011 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eventually not a bad read but it was a bit higgledy piggledy going backwards and forwards in time.
Paul Servini
Aug 06, 2010 Paul Servini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took a while for me to warm to this one, but in the end I enjoyed it.
Not his best - teenagers going bad, cop gone bad, etc....
Mar 25, 2013 Craig rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
2 1/2 stars. Not sure I'll continue the series. Maybe.
Writing's not bad, but still not worth a read.
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Oct 06, 2013 Lynne Elsisy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Text book police procedural
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