‘Darkness, Darkness’ – Resnick’s Last Case

by John Harvey



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.