Darkness & Light

A Frank Elder Mystery

By John Harvey
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151011339, 368pp.)

Publication Date: July 2006

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Former cop Frank Elder is once more drawn out of retirement by a phone call from his ex-wife, this time asking him to look into the disappearance of her friend Jennie's older, widowed sister Claire in Nottingham. Elder reluctantly agrees to return to the city where his family disintegrated.

Elder soon uncovers sexual secrets of Claire's that take Jennie by surprise. But when Claire is found dead at home--unmarked and carefully dressed--it is Elder who is surprised by the similarities to an old case. To solve this riddle, Elder will have to repartner with another person from his past, Detective Inspector Maureen Prior, and delve into several suspects' own traumatic histories.

In a case in which neither memories, confessions, nor instincts can be trusted, Elder struggles with the weight of the past and Harvey delivers another psychologically trenchant page-turner.

About the Author

JOHN HARVEY is the author of ten previous Charlie Resnick novels and the Frank Elder series, and a recipient of the Silver Dagger Award, the Barry Award, and the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement, among other honors. He lives in London.

Praise For Darkness & Light

"One of the best crime books you're likely to read this year."
-THE TIMES (London)

"Harvey's book is fast, fluent and exciting, with a pace and assurance that never lets up. It's like hearing a fine jazz musician hitting the right tune, in the right key and at the right tempo."

"One of the true masters of the genre."

"Full of sharp and poetic sketches . . . swiftly paced."

"Like all Harvey''s work, Darkness and Light is alive with interesting characters from all parts of society and is beautifully plotted and paced."

"A satisfying look at the twists and turns of police work, through a man who can''t quite leave his former life behind."

"The bonus, in this well-crafted police procedural, is the occasional elegance of Harvey''s writing."

"The latest in Harvey’s emotionally acute, often heartbreaking new series."

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