“A master of the craft. John Harvey is lights out one of the best." —Michael Connelly

John Harvey has been described as the master of British crime fiction: From the mean streets of London to the jazz clubs and clip joints of Soho, this is a world of broken families, revenge killings, and prostitution; drugs, guns, and corruption; a world of overstretched police forces and underpaid detectives; men and women who strive nonetheless for a kind of justice; a world in which everything, even friendship, has a price.

Featuring characters like Frank Elder, who tried to turn his back on police work and failed; Jack Kiley, ex-cop and now a London-based PI; and the renowned jazz loving and much-loved Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick, John Harvey’s finely-crafted vignettes perfectly encapsulate life in the badlands of contemporary Britain.

John Harvey is the author of the richly praised Charlie Resnick novels, the first of which, Lonely Hearts, was named by the London Times as one of the "100 Best Crime Novels of the Century." John's first novel featuring Detective Inspector Frank Elder, Flesh and Blood, won the CWA Silver Dagger in 2004. In 2007 he received the Crime Writers Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for Sustained Excellence in Crime Writing. John lives in London.

"The architecture of Harvey’s storytelling begs to be admired, with its multiple narratives, shifting time lines, and elaborate plot details. Harvey’s touch is so subtle, his style so seductive."

– Marilyn Stasio, New York Times

"The eighteen crime stories in this sterling collection show Harvey, winner of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for sustained excellence, at the top of his game."

– Publishers Weekly (starred)

"Is there a better short-story writer around than Harvey? Probably not."

– Kirkus Reviews

"This collection of first-rate writing by a crime-fiction master in both long and short forms is treasure enough for anyone."

– Booklist (starred)

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