Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote,
Hemning Sternberg

Lonely Hearts by John Harvey

I decided to check out this book after reading Harvey's piece in Greatest Hits, the hit man anthology I read a few months ago.

Charlie Resnick is a cop's cop. His marriage is long gone and his career is solidified. All that greets him at home at day's end is a couple of cats and an unused baby nursery. Two cases he can't get off his mind - that of a girl sexually abused by her father, and that of a single woman found murdered in her home. These two cases will come together in a way no one could ever have anticipated.

This book is also bleak. The subheading "Crime Novel" was a good clue about that. I liked the characters, but the plot seemed contrived in cases. Also, in some places the villainy of the bad guys got on my nerves (and I'm not just talking about the criminals here). Still, it was definitely compelling and kept me on the edge of my seat. If you are a fan of dark detective novels, you should give it a read. Three stars (a C- in the new system).
Tags: books 2008, fiction
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