Friday, October 14, 2016

Book review: Off Minor - John Harvey

Off Minor: (Resnick 4) (Charlie Resnick Series) by [Harvey, John]

Title: Off Minor

Author: John Harvey

Star rating: 6.5 out of 10.0

Buy: No

Borrow: Yes

Summary: Six years old Gloria Summers’ body has been found by an abattoir worker on a date, hidden inside two plastic bin bags in a disused warehouse. Somewhere in the city, a child killer is on the loose, free to strike again. 

Then Emily Morrison - also six - vanishes on a sunny Sunday afternoon from her back garden. A week later there are still no clues. Inspector Charlie Resnick is as appalled as everyone else. But years of patient police work have taught him that those who jump to easy conclusions are often the last ones to solve a crime.

Main review: 

Two months after she disappears, a six-year-old child is found dead.
Raymond Cooke is looking for revenge. It’s been six weeks since the gang of four young punks attacked him, since the one with the knife slit open his belly and left him to die on the street. After that Raymond bought a knife of his own, and has spent his nights lurking in Nottingham’s worst pubs, hoping for a chance at vengeance. Instead, on a date with someone new one night, he encounters a smell that reminds him of his work at the abattoir. It’s coming from the body of Gloria Summers.
For over two months, police inspector Charlie Resnick has looked for the missing six-year-old. Now that she’s been found, Raymond Cooke becomes Resnick’s chief suspect. But to find the killer, the detective may have to look within the girl’s own family.
Eventually someone is caught and confesses to the murder of Gloria.  But he swears blind that he had nothing to do with Emily.  So, who took Emily and is she still alive? You will have to read this to find out!
"Off Minor is a police procedural story plotted on acts of gross inhumanity yet infused with common humanity. These characters are breathing entities, so convincing and so compelling that crime detection and absorbing personal dramas become one and the same.” —New York Daily News
Further reading suggestion: Cold in n Hand -

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