Good Bait

Good Bait

Book - 2012
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When a seventeen-year-old Moldovan boy is found dead on Hampstead Heath, the case falls to DCI Karen Shields and her overstretched Homicide & Serious Crime team. Karen knows she needs a result. What she doesn't know is that her new case is tied inextricably to a much larger web of gang warfare and organised crime which infiltrates almost every aspect of London society, from the back streets and high rises of Tottenham to the multi-million pound hideaways of the new international entrepreneurs.

Several hundred miles away in Cornwall, DI Trevor Cordon is stirred from his day-to-day duties by another tragic London fatality. Travelling to the capital, determined to establish the cause of death and trace the deceased's daughter - an old acquaintance from Penzance - Cordon becomes entangled in a lethally complex situation of his own. A situation much closer to Karen's case than either of them can imagine ...

Brilliantly plotted and filled with rich, subtle characters, John Harvey's latest novel reveals him once again as a masterful writer with his finger firmly on the pulse of twenty-first century crime.

Publisher: London : William Heinemann, 2012.
ISBN: 9780434021635
0434021636
9780434021628
0434021628
Branch Call Number: HAR
Characteristics: 346 pages ; 25 cm

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meandalex Feb 26, 2013

Harvey has again written an excellent book I just wish he had not thought it necessary to use the F word six time on every other page. It seems that every character uses the word as part of their conversations. In reality people only use the F word on such a continual basis when they don't have brains to do otherwise. I also question why Harvey felt the need to throw in a total unnecessary one night stand lesbian incounter. All his other books stand up well, perhaps he thought that in 2012 it was necessary for the book to be a success. It's a shame because the story is very good and holds your attention right to the end and I did try to ignore the language but it was irritating.

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StephenB
Jan 04, 2013

Harvey is an old pro and a good writer and this novel does not disappoint. It is an excellent example of the British police procedural, featuring 2 cops: a harried, hardworking upwardly mobile black woman detective in London, and a middle aged male detective in Cornwall whose career has long ago stopped advancing. A fairly complex plot unfolds credibly, at an unhurried but reasonably quick pace. The reader's attention doesn't stray. Good stuff.

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