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Wasted Years (Charlie Resnick #5)

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“Nobody writes police procedurals better than John Harvey. Nobody.”—Booklist

Diamond Dagger-winner John Harvey writes some of the best police procedurals on either side of the Atlantic. This season, Bloody Brits Press publishes volumes five through eight in his series featuring the divorced, cat-loving, jazz-addicted, sandwich-making Charles Resnick and his very human crew.
Paperback, 312 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Bloody Brits Press (first published 1993)
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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

Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: BBC7 listeners
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The complex plot enhances this character study masquerading as a police procedural. I love the Charlie Resnick books...
Colin Mitchell
A good police procedural novel in the DI. Charlie Resnick series. Slow pace to start and takes awhile to organise the characters in the mind, the book then moves on rapidly. The DC Rains link was difficult to follow and seemed to leave loose ends, otherwise an enjoyable read.
Aug 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Christine Cody
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A man Charlie had helped put in prison 10 years earlier is about to gain release on parole. Charlie is concerned about what the man may do out of revenge to his ex-wife, jazz/blues singer Ruth Graham. She had given up her career to marry the man but had become involved with another man shortly before her husband’s arrest and imprisonment. With his great love of jazz, Charlie appreciates talent and this singer was someone he had always admired. However, Charlie’s job keeps him focused on uncoveri ...more
David Peters
Oct 02, 2009 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
Dec 10, 2014 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
Dec 21, 2008 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
P.D.R. Lindsay
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
Jul 27, 2015 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
Jul 16, 2012 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
Meg Lynch
Charlie Resnick #5.
Lynne Elsisy
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Text book police procedural
Writing's not bad, but still not worth a read.
Cyn Shepherd
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Altogether a very entertaining series of police procedurals.
Mar 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
2 1/2 stars. Not sure I'll continue the series. Maybe.
Paul Servini
Aug 06, 2010 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.
Oct 21, 2010 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.
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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