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Good Bait: A Novel (DCI Karen Shields #1)

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A stunning new crime novel from the Cartier Diamond Dagger winner and London Times bestselling author

When a 17-year-old Moldovan boy is found dead on HampsteadHeath, the case falls to DCI Karen Shields and heroverstretched Homicide & Serious Crime Unit. Karen knowsshe needs a result. What she doesn’t know is that her newcase is tied inextricably to a much larger web of
ebook, 336 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Pegasus Books (first published December 25th 2011)
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I have a lot of time for John Harvey. I can’t figure out why he is not more widely read here in the U.S. He writes police procedurals, but with a deep intelligence and special flair. He does it all—the characterizations, the humanity, the procedure, the mystery--and then throws in a little music, a little talk about literature, food, wine…man, I just love this stuff. He is another of those authors whose books I save until I want a surefire weekend read-a-thon going on.

Harvey is certainly the equ
GOOD BAIT. (2012). John Harvey. **.
John Harvey has been around for a long time now, and has picked yp quite a few prestigious awards over the course of his career. He has written, by more cursory count, about thirty books, spanning the range of series detective to short story collection. My personal favorites used to be his novels featuring Charlie Resnick as his protagonist. This is not a Resnick, but a stand-alone police procedural that starts off fine, but soon becomes mired in a cast of tho
A dual story line that overlap in only a minor way. One involves a black DCI in London, Karen Shields. The other an older (five years till retirement) Detective Inspector, Trevor Cordon, in Cornwall. The story action surrounding Shields is more intense (murders, drug gangs, plus some worthwhile reflections on black communities in England), while the Cordon story line focuses more on a missing woman. I felt that Harvey gave us a lot more insight into the psyche and personality of Cordon than he d ...more
I like John Harvey a lot and regret he's had a checkered US publishing career.

The new book feels like an experiment. Harvey admits as much in an afterword, in which he talks about wanting to do some of the things Peter Temple does in his work.

Well, it's no Peter Temple. But what is?

I salute Harvey for feeling his way into a slightly looser form. I like the sense of experimentation here; impressive for a writer who has been around a long time and could be said to know what he's doing. The book fe
I have a lot of time for John Harvey. I can’t figure out why he is not more widely read here in the U.S. He writes police procedurals, but with a deep intelligence and special flair. He does it all—the characterizations, the humanity, the procedure, the mystery--and then throws in a little music, a little talk about literature, food, wine…man, I just love this stuff. He is another of those authors whose books I save until I want a surefire weekend read-a-thon going on.

Harvey is certainly the eq
The book was excellent.

But first a word about something that drives me nuts - this book has been out in the UK for MONTHS. Long enough for there to be many many ex-library copies available for sale on ABE. The US edition is finally scheduled to come out 6 months from now. Why does this keep happening? And many thanks to ABE and Jabberwock Books in Horncastle for getting me a new copy in excellent condition, fairly priced, delivered from England in less than two weeks by our postal systems. Well
John Harvey
Fans of John Harvey’s Resnick series, or the shorter series featuring retired policeman Frank Elder, will find DI Trevor Cordon a different sort of character. Good Bait, as always a nod to Harvey’s love of music, presents two main characters, each with different stories and different lines of inquiry. The two characters, Cordon and DCI Karen Shields, do not cross paths and are not aware of each other throughout the book. Instead, a minor character brings together the story li
John Harvey has written a great amount of books. In which genres he only didn’t acted - westerns, PI novels, thrillers with heroes reminiscent of Mack Bolan (as an example, and as the most colorful and famous hero of the certain direction), police procedural novels and psychological thrillers. And His Majesty the Suspense is usually never left works created by Harvey. And all that these books have in common is a number of general features: the action develops tensely (internal tension (psycholog ...more
John Harvey is an accomplished novelist with several fine pieces to his credit. Good Bait: A Novel is Harvey’s latest offering and despite rave reviews and a good opening I found it ultimately disappointing.

Having read several of Harvey’s previous efforts I found Good Bait had the strengths I have come to expect. Characters are finely drawn, interesting, with both flaws and admirable qualities. These are people I wanted to get to know, admire or despise and ultimately care about. The plot is rob
David Jennings
This fiction feels bang up to date, like reading the news, or how the news might read if more responsibly produced. Today's media focuses on triggering our startle reflex with scare stories of crime and immigration that skip the context and the causes. Good Bait paints on a broader canvas and tells the stories that other media don't reach. These stories are no less scary, but have considerably more substance.

This was the first of four books I read on holiday this year, and after this other nove
John Harvey can really write so much better than a lot of crime/mystery writers. I'm thinking his early years in poetry helped him hone the ability to write precise, tight, evocative prose. That said, I must admit I've enjoyed the other novels I read by him more than this one, though I definitely like the new heroine, Karen Shields, a black British detective of Jamaican heritage, not only for her character but also for the perspective it allows. I also like the working relationship and friendshi ...more
This is turning into a bit of a habit I am giving yet another negative reviews this year and this is only the second or third book I have read so far lets hope my choice improves.
This book was OK did really enjoy the descriptive language and felt that it did depict modern society as it is today however I felt the story lacked any substance really it kind of just floated along there was no suspense. An ok read for a Saturday afternoon Rendell and Christie this is not.
Elizabeth Jones
Another well written police procedural from Harvey. The main character, DCI Karen Shields, is not as well drawn as his other main protagonist, Charlie Resnick, although unfortunately the last Resnick novel has been written. Sometimes it is difficult for a male writer to write from a woman's point of view and that does show here. Still, the book interweaves two related plots expertly and gives us a sharply drawn portrait of Eastern European gangsters and their families.
I'm back to reading British police procedurals. This time I read (via OverDrive) Good Bait, the first John Harvey title I have read. His writing is very good and the characters are well developed. I especially liked the characters Karen Shields and Ramsden, her second-in-command. The story involves DCI Shields and a second DI whose cases intersect. The locales are London and Cornwall. I would recommend it to others who read Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson and the like.
David Lowther
I thoroughly enjoyed Good Bait. I've been a John Harvey fan ever since seeing Tom Wilkinson playing Resnick in the excellent TV series. Good Bait doesn't feature Resnick nor is it set in Nottingham but Harvey is equally good at painting convincing pictures of the locations for this novel - London and Cornwall.

There are two stories which inevitably come together and the main characters of each are flawed yet decent hard working police officers. The tale is contemporary, dealing with drug dealing
This book was recommended to me by my brother in-law who is normally a great judge of strong crime fiction, but in this instance I have to disagree. The plot felt like the author was trying a bit too hard, and none of the characters, aside from the femme fatale Letitia, garnered much in the way of interest or empathy. I guess I need to try one of the Resnick series next.
This is my first John Harvey novel - very talented author; however, I found that by 2/3 of the way through the book, I had to keep flipping back - could not keep track of who was who - too many minor characters! I was disappointed that the two main characters were not brought together at the end.
Good Bait starts with the murder of a young Moldovian boy in England. DCI Karen Shields catches the case. Shields is soon burdened with several cases which include links to Eastern European gangs. DI Trevor Cordon is asked by Maxine Carlin to try to locate her daughter Letitia, a young woman who has battled addiction and ended up on the wrong side of the law a few times. The book dances through these and other storylines that cross paths, but without the main characters ever meeting. It is a goo ...more
I'm not interested in reading more "Karen" books. I'm not sure why. Mostly I liked it, but one in the series is probably enough for me.
Margaret Wichorek
Another great crime novel from John Harvey. He's been a favorite of mine for many years. I especially his Charlie Resnick series.
Lynne Elsisy
Plot ok but the characters didn't lift off the page for me. I really didn't care that much :-(
Sharon Thomson
Not up to John Harvey's usual standard. This is a departure from Harvey's normal detective Resnick series, introducing a couple of new characters, both police officers. One is a black woman based in London, the other an almost retired man living in Cornwall.

Harvey tries to link their stories together, but is unsuccessful. I got lost trying to figure out who some of the characters were. By the end of the book I was still none the wiser in some cases. I assume the stories came to a satisfactory co
A good effort but I like his other books (the Charlie Resnick series and especially the three Frank Elder books) better. It was a little disjointed and hard to follow the characters' motivations, especially detective Trevor Cordon's. Still, Harvey is a jazz lover and I always enjoy how he winds music into his stories, helping me find new recordings to listen to and love! The title composition is by Count Basie and pianist Tadd Dameron. If you're a jazz fan, check out his website (http://melloton ...more
Never drew me into the story
Read this for a reading group; my first by this author. Good plot, and I liked the idea of the parallel cases, but it just didn't work for me. I'm not sure why: I liked the characters of Karen and Cordon, but I didn't feel that the situation with Letitia was explained enough, and found the other case a bit difficult to follow at times. Might just be my brain! Looking at other reviews here, perhaps I might enjoy some of his other work.
Ann Chappe
I have such a soft spot for John Harvey after reading and loving every one of the Resnick books ( not so enthralled with frank elder tho) Loved the style of this, and enjoyed the double strand of the story although neither of the two main characters were anywhere near as good as Charlie Resnick ! A few weak points in the plot, but his easy way with words just makes you want to keep on reading..
Lisa C
I'd been looking for some audiobooks that were similar to PBS's Lewis and Endeavor series -- a little darker and more serious than the average cozy British mysteries -- since the original Inspector Morse series by Colin Dexter is not available on CD.

Although a little hard to follow as the protagonists were not as engaging as I prefer, all in all, this work fit the bill.
Carey Combe
Interesting, well drawn female, black protagonist with, refreshingly, few chips on her shoulder, but an awareness of real life without it all getting her bogged down in philosophical ruminations or just too much drink . Realistic colleagues, but rather complicated plot line (never did really work out what was going on).
Peter Savage
As we have come to expect, another compelling police procedural from John Harvey. No Charlie Resnick but one of the supporting characters from that series, DCI Karen Shields, steps up and does not disappoint. Hopefully more of her character in the future, once Resnick has been retired.
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