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Flesh & Blood by John Harvey
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Jun 17, 2008

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bookshelves: crime, stuff-i-d-not-normally-read
Read in June, 2008

Not bad at all. Elder is literally an elder (well, from this young man's perspective at least), which seems a bit crushingly obvious, but this isn't some Hetty Wainthrop cosy-murder candy-floss. He even gets it on a couple of times, which didn't exactly leave the happiest of images in my head but certainly gave the character a little edge.

Yes, there's your fair run of crime cliches, the vulnerable single daughter, the nightmares, the charismatic psycho urging on others from behind bars, but there's also a nice line in capturing the scummier side of Britain - stopping short of the author pulling a Rankin and making you suspect every chip-shop owner to be desperate to cut someone's face off.

Actually one of the few books I've read in this genre that'd make me consider reading another in the series.
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