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A collection of 18 previously published short stories—and, yes, Charlie Resnick fans, he turns up in five of them.

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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 w...more
Published June 3rd 2010 by Arrow Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Great collection of short stories which introduced me to other John Harvey Characters. Previously I had only read about Charlie Resnick by Kiley the ex met office ex footballer was a new character for me and I really enjoyed his stories.
There were a few stories which seemed more to enjoy Harvey's love of Jazz and the two stories involving Pat, Jimmy and Val were a little too removed from the actual crime stories the book was supposed to be about.
Most of the stories were about 20 pages long and I
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Mar 31, 2012Monica rated it really liked it · review of another edition
John Harvey is just such a good writer - elegant, a master of character and plotting, and with a great heart. I don't usually read short story collections, even by authors I like, but I'll make an exception for him any time.
One of the things I liked best about this collection was how the stories were infused with music - titles from Thelonious Monk and Cannonball Adderley, references to players and venues from all over the jazz world. And there is the way he generously references and compliments
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Apr 29, 2012Pat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-fiction, police-procedural, uk-author
John Harvey is one of my all time favourite writers, regardless of genre. Although I first read his Charlie Resnick series (and wish I had another lifetime to re-read them all), I've enjoyed reading his short stories just as much. I have this book as an eBook on my Kobo eReader. It's an excellent travel companion. The short stories often take a particular character, sometimes from one of the novels, and gets right into what makes him or her tick. Marvellous!
i liked this book
what i didnt like was the many stories going on..
plus i do enjoy jazz..but it was featured too much in this book
would like to read a earlier book to see if he just does 1 story at a time
to me it was disjointed..i was constantly turning back to see who this part of the book was about.
however i did really like the characters & he is a good writer
Apr 04, 2012Terri rated it liked it
Good group of stories, although some of them end leaving the reader hanging or saying 'what??'. The stories are interconnected, 2 different detectives, one a policeman, one private, and the stories seem to happen chronologically, but they end together. So, this is not a usual fiction novel, and not really short stories, but a combination of the two.
c2010. I got this from the library thinking that it was an anthology of different authors which it wasn't. Good writing but short stories are not my favourite. Didn't inveigle me into ordering any of his longer books though.
This volume of short stories by John Harvey all have a Policeman or private investigator working to solve a legal problem in a variety of ways. All take place in England. Harvey is a good writer who can tell a story using a minimum of words.
Dec 26, 2010Susanna rated it it was ok

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Shelves: british, crime, contemporary, fiction, hard-boiled, short-stories

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A collection of noirish short-stories. The last one about a soldier gone AWOL was the strongest and had the greatest impact on me personally. Those who like jazz music might get more out of the stories.
John Harvey truly reads as if listening to jazz.
This book will drag you down. If you like John Harvey's characters some of them occur in a few of these short stories but the whole tenor of the book is bleak.
Nov 26, 2012

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Shelves: contemporary_post_1945, england, male_author, mystery, short_stories
First Sentence: - None; this is a collection of short stores
John Harvey is a poet, dramatist, broadcaster, and very funny man in person although you certainly would not have known that by this collection. He is also the author of countless book. There two series in particular police procedurals I have enjoyed: The police procedurals with Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick; lover of jazz, owned by cats; and Frank Elder, who tried to retire from the force and failed. I was delighted to see both o
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Dec 15, 2014Bettie marked it as to-read
Shelves: under-100-ratings, shortstory-shortstories-novellas

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Description: John Harvey has been described as the master of British crime and in 'A Darker Shade of Blue' he has collected together some of his very best writing.
From the killing fields of the East Midlands to the mean streets of London, from the jazz clubs and clip joints of Soho to the barren fenlands of East Anglia, this is a world of broken families and run-down estates, revenge killings and prostitution, drugs, guns and corruption; a world of overstretched police forces and underpaid dete
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A collection of eighteen short stories. All were originally published in various collections between 2002 and 2009. Some of the stories involve new characters and some involve characters from his works from the 1990’s and 2000’s, such as Charlie Resnick, Frank Elder and other minor characters. Overall, for me, this one was a disappointment. I did like the way that the stories kind of linked together. Perhaps a few of the stories stood out, but for the most part they were not particularly memorab...more
May 18, 2016Roxane rated it really liked it
One of my favorite author's - his stories are a bit on the dark side - but they are very, very good (and I wouldn't mind a bit if he were to turn each and every one of these 'short stories' into a full length book).
This is a collection of short stories featuring various characters.
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