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 detectives, men and women who strive nonetheless for a kind of justice; a world in which everything, even friendship, has a price. Featuring familiar characters including Frank Elder and Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick, John Harvey's stories perfectly encapsulate life in the badlands of modern Britain.
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No time to breathe
I agree with the other review; it's so bad that there must be something wrong with this publication. Not only do the stories just run into one another but the narrative doesn't make sense. Some of the hanging endings might be a narrative device but after listening to several I'm left feeling that the final minutes of the stories are actually missing.