cover image Flesh and Blood: A Novel of Crime

Flesh and Blood: A Novel of Crime

John Harvey. Carroll & Graf Publishers, $25 (320pp) ISBN 978-0-7867-1359-2

Acclaimed for his Charlie Resnick series (Lonely Hearts, etc.), British author John Harvey introduces a new detective hero, Frank Elder, in Flesh and Blood, a competent if plodding story of an old unsolved case and a teenage girl's disappearance. While the dogged Elder shares many habits with Resnick, from a prodigious appetite for common food to a difficulty with maintaining relationships, he lacks his predecessor's zest for life. Agent, Kimberly Witherspoon at Witherspoon Associates.