‘Darkness, Darkness’ – Resnick’s Last Case



Well, I’ve finally got to see the finished article, the finished book – sitting here now with the new hardback in front of me – and it looks splendid. No other word for it. 12th and last book in the series and my publishers, bless them, have pulled out all the stops. Not just a great jacket, great quotes on the reverse, but endpapers! Black on appropriately striking red.

coal mine sunset endpapers

Official publication day is Thursday, 22nd May, and on the day I shall be in Nottingham, guesting on BBC Radio Nottingham’s mid-morning show and, in the evening, reading from and talking about the book at Nottingham Waterstone’s on Bridlesmith Gate.

Three days before that, Monday 19th, there’s a London pre-launch event at the Owl Bookshop in Kentish Town. For details of this and other events in May and June and beyond, please check the Events page on my website.

Reviews are slowly starting to arrive, on the web especially, and I was especially pleased by this, by Maxim Jakubowski on the Love Reading site.

Maxim Jakubowski’s view…
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
The gripping cases of Nottingham sandwich-munching and jazz-loving cop Charlie Resnick began several decades ago with Lonely Hearts and finally come to a satisfying end with this 12th and final instalment. The discovery of the body of a woman who had disappeared during the Miner’s Strikes 30 years earlier brings Resnick out of retirement for a final and poignant hurrah which allows Harvey to masterfully round off his fascinating character and all his frailties and offer a measured if chilling assessment of Britain’s social landscape and woes. Without Resnick, there would have been no Rebus, Grace, Thorne, Banks or so many other Premier League British cops, and Harvey never gets a note wrong. An admirable character and series.

And Jon Page, on Bite the Book, whose review ends thus :

John Harvey’s mastery is on full display as he crafts together not only an intricate and intriguing murder mystery but also a look back at the social powder keg that the miners’ strike was. Not only on a national scale but for a small town and within a marriage.

Charlie Resnick gets the farewell he and his fans deserve and if you haven’t encountered him before I implore you to go back and read one of the best crime series ever written by an author who continues to get better and better.



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10 responses to “‘Darkness, Darkness’ – Resnick’s Last Case

  1. Jaye

    Time to re-read the series (again) before the latest and last Resnick hits the stands in Canada. Thank you, Mr. Harvey, for sharing Charlie with us. He’ll be missed but still in our hearts (and on our shelves). Enjoy your book launches.

  2. John Harvey

    Jaye – thank you very much for your kind and positive words.

  3. Jerard

    Any news of the availability of the Selected Poems?

  4. John Harvey

    Jerard : still waiting for a definite answer to this from the publisher. Their web site (The Poetry Business) seems to show May 1st, but somehow I doubt this. There’s a launch reading for the book in Nottingham the first Wednesday in June, so by then at the latest. Sorry I can’t be more exact.

  5. Victoria

    So it is with regret that Charlie has solved his last case? I guess it’s been a while since I saw you 3 last at the last Owl event, January 2012 and so I was wondering whether the upcoming event May 17 by invitation only…if so I’d like to put myself + 1 on the guest list. And also, hoping that once your promotion tour is concluded that we can arrange that long overdue coffee. PS I really enjoy the blog, despite differing view points, however I’m curious about your iPod choices…does having a teen influence your selections? Hope to see you at the Owl. Victoria

  6. John Harvey

    Victoria : Owl is open house, it would be grew to see you there (+ one – or more!). And, yes, a nice relaxing coffee morning is indeed overdue, so once the onslaught of events is out of the way … Not sure to what extent Molly influences my music … I suspect it’s a two-way street.

  7. John Harvey

    Victoria : I think that was meant to say, “it would be great”!

  8. Victoria

    Enjoy the book tour and see you at the Owl. Victoria

  9. Jerard

    Have just read Darkness,Darkness (courtesy of Random House) and it is excellent. It switches effortlessly between the miners’ strike of 1884 and contemporary England. Would make a good three part TV drama.

  10. John Harvey

    Thanks, Jerard. Let’s allow its life as a book first, though, eh?

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