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Cold Light (Charlie Resnick #6)

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“Charlie Resnick is one of the most fully realized characters in modern crime fiction.”—Sue Grafton

“Such satisfying reading. No wasted time here.”—Publishers Weekly

When Nancy Phelan, a young woman who works at the housing office, is kidnapped from outside the office’s Christmas party, suspicion falls on a young client who attacked her earlier that day. Little in Resnick’s
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Published June 1st 2008 by Bloody Brits Press (first published January 1st 1999)
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Diamond Cowboy
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fastpaced murder and kid knapping mystery. It took place in London England. The character development was wonderful. The suspense was very good. It kept me at the edge of my seat
I recommend this book highly. Enjoy and Be Blessed. Diamond
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Colin Mitchell
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cold Light by John Harvey.

Another very good novel in the Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick series set in Nottingham. As expected we find Charlie still living alone, in the formal matrimonial home, with his cats and the occasional jazz music, when he has time to relax. It’s Christmas when Nancy Phelon goes missing following a Christmas Eve dinner and dance. The suspects are four previous boyfriends and Gary James who recently had held her captive in the Housing Department offices where Nancy wo
Aug 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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),
Another satisfying Charlie Resnick novel. We continue to learn more about Charlie and are treated to an interesting story. These books make me happy.
Marguerite Czajka
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series more and more.
Gary Van Cott
3.5 stars. A decent book but 23 years old. I prefer to read mysteries which were written closer to the present. My one criticism is that the ending is rather abrupt.
Jul 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, united-kingdom
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
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
I remember watching and enjoying Resnick on TV many years ago and he is a fine creation, to be fair. But Harvey's PC and MC (musically correct) tendencies rather distract from matters in hand. You see, when Resnick drones on about the jazz greats I'm hearing Harvey drone on about them and I don't really give a stuff because I'm not a jazz fan. This was only an average example of the genre. I felt the plot was predictable, even tedious, and I was ahead of it most of the way.
Alan Korolenko
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Christmas in Nottingham and a missing person case becomes an investigation of a serial kidnapper and killer. For Charlie Resnick and his team, things get personal. Multiple story lines amidst the various suspects keeps the proceedings moving. There is an sense of tragic lives permeating the story lines with Resnick flawed but a moral center in a tough world. This entire series is highly recommended.
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: england, procedural
Nothing like a mystery that is so dark it makes you want to stop reading mysteries for a while... until you find yourself back at the shelf in the library the very next day. Yikes. I love Resnick, and he and his team are great as usual in this installment. Fast-paced, but still plenty of room for Resnick's and Kellog's personal lives.
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
Sep 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 20, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A good mystery/detective procedural! Very British, but not too much so. Think Raymond Chandler with a British accent.

Meg Lynch
Charlie Resnick #6.
Yves Lefevre
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good plot, and well delineated characters. One major inconsistency in the plot, though. A pity (the careful may think they have found a solution).
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Another excellent novel in the series.
Kate and Carson Drew
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
Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another satisfying read from this author.
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