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Body & soul / John Harvey.
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Body and soul
First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Pegasus Books, 2018.

Physical Description:
284 pages ; 24 cm
Frank Elder struggles to protect his estranged daughter and prove her innocence after her breakup with a controversial artist ends in murder.

The breakdown of Katherine Elder's relationship with artist Anthony Winter, a controversial painter of nudes, has sent her into a self-destructive tailspin. Now she's accused of his murder, and turns to her father, retired policeman Frank Elder. As he struggles to protect Katherine and prove her innocence, the terrors of the past threaten them both once more. -- adapted from info


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When his estranged daughter Katherine suddenly appears on his doorstep, Elder knows that something is badly wrong.The breakdown of her relationship with a controversial artist has sent her into a self-destructive tailspin which culminates in murder. And as Elder struggles to protect Katherine and prove her innocence, the terrors of the past threaten them both once more.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

At the start of British author Harvey's darkly atmospheric fourth and final novel featuring former Nottingham detective inspector Frank Elder (after 2006's Darkness and Light), Elder's estranged 23-year-old daughter, Katherine, visits him in Cornwall, where he's been leading a hermitlike existence. When he notices cuts on her wrists and asks about them, she says it was an accident and refuses to say more. That night, she wakes up screaming from a bad dream; the next morning, she returns home to East London without saying goodbye. Elder eventually learns that his emotionally fragile daughter, who's still recovering from being abducted and tortured when she was 16, has been pushed to the edge by becoming a person of interest in a murder. Meanwhile, the man convicted of kidnapping her escapes while being transferred to a different prison and begins killing again. Only some predictable action leading to the intense climax mars Harvey's heart-wrenching send-off. Agent: Sarah Lutyens, Lutyens & Rubinstein (U.K.). (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

New York Review of Books Review

While Reacher is occupied with his research, another drama is unfolding at the isolated motel where a young Canadian couple, Shorty Fleck and Patty Sundstrom, are stranded when their clunker of a car breaks down. After a number of guests arrive carrying disposable luggage and archaic weapons, it slowly dawns on Shorty and Patty that "something is not right." By this time, they've been locked in their room, left to wonder, with mounting dread, exactly what kind of lethal games are being played. Child's writing seems unusually expressive in this novel, possibly because of its intimate subject matter. While making inquiries around town, Reacher is invited inside the home of a man who keeps 12 dogs. "The screen door creaked all the way open ahead of him, and slapped all the way shut behind him, which were in his limited experience the eternal sounds of a New England summer." It's a startlingly sweettempered image, coming from a big bruiser like Reacher - and a reminder that Child is one writer who should never be taken for granted. MYSTERY LOVERS READ for Story - except when we read for character. DARK SACRED NIGHT (Little, Brown, $29), the latest novel from Michael Connelly, has a narrative that keeps veering off the main line and onto side tracks. Harry Bosch, the semiretired hero of Connelly's police procedurals, is obsessed with the unsolved coldcase murder of Daisy Clayton, a 15-year-old runaway whose short career as a prostitute ended when her body - used, abused and washed clean with bleach - was found in an alley. On this case, Renée Ballard, a young cop attached to the Hollywood Division of the L.A.P.D., makes a terrific partner for the old lion. She does the methodical inside work while Bosch rashly steps on the toes of the Mexican Mafia and nearly gets killed. The plot is too disjointed, but Connelly's robust characters more than compensate: from Daisy's drug-addicted mother to a murdered tattoo artist whose only body art was the crucifix around her neck. One of the most vivid is a sensitive cop who committed suicide before the story even opens, but lives on through the poetic entries left behind in his notes. "Subject is a human tumbleweed," he writes of one person of interest to the police. "Goes where the wind blows him. Will blow away tomorrow. Nobody will miss him." SOME PEOPLE welcome the night: hotel managers, nightclub pianists, "Saturday Night Live" interns. Also burglars like Junior Bender, the personable protagonist of Timothy Hallinan's comic mysteries. In NIGHTTOWN (Soho Crime, $26.95), a woman in a cheap orange wig hires Junior to break into the Los Angeles home of an eccentric recluse, lately deceased, and steal an antique doll. Junior wasn't born yesterday, so he figures there's something inside this doll. But before he can pull off the heist, he's got to calm his nerves because, in his professional opinion, "the place absolutely hummed with malice." Hallinan is exceedingly funny when describing colorful crooks like Louie the Lost, a getaway driver with no sense of direction, and Stinky Tetweil, a grossly fat fence who surrounds himself with exquisite objets d'art. Hallinan's eclectic narrative also extends to insights about 19th-century spirit photography ("It would be kitsch if it weren't so callous") and a Native American legend about human shadows. This one's good for what ails you. was this absolutely necessary? To pull the plug on Frank Elder, I mean. John Harvey's British sleuth solves his last case in BODY & SOUL (Pegasus, $25.95), further depleting the fast-disappearing ranks of wise and compassionate detectives. To soothe the sting, Elder is reunited with his estranged daughter, Katherine. Headstrong and willful even at the best of times, she becomes self-destructive at others: After her love affair with an artist turns sour, she tries to kill herself. Then he's found murdered in his studio. Well-rounded, sympathetic characters have always been a hallmark of Harvey's work, and he's at his best here. Katherine's mood swings are uncomfortably real, as she's desperately in love one minute and the next just plain desperate. Cad though he is, her feckless lover, the painter Anthony Winter, is still recognizably human. But the richest character of all is Elder himself, tough on the job but stopped in his tracks by a song. What is it about that Billie Holiday standard "Body and Soul"? His reply: "The helplessness of it, I suppose." Marilyn STASIO has covered crime fiction for the Book Review since 1988. Her column appears twice a month.

Library Journal Review

From the start, mood dominates in this tale, which is both a conventional detective story and a tale of unquenchable fatherly love. Retired police detective Frank Elder is surprised when his daughter Katherine contacts him. When she was 16, she was kidnapped and raped repeatedly. The monster who did it went to jail but the damage was done; Frank and Katherine have been alienated ever since. Now there are cuts on Katherine's wrists, and Frank learns that another man, an artist for whom she modeled, has been abusing her. When the artist is found dead, Katherine is suspect, and Frank is drawn back into detecting to clear her name. At the same time, the rapist escapes during a prison transfer and wends his way across the country, intent on teaching Katharine and Frank one final lesson. Around this violent, almost lurid tale of risk and detection, Harvey ("Charlie Resnick" detective series) weaves a story of deep emotional truth, with good people seeking to restore lost things and regretting their memories. VERDICT There's enough tension in this book to please any lover of a good detective story and quality writing that will satisfy general fiction fans.-David Keymer, Cleveland © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.