John Harvey (author)

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For the American horror novelist, see John D. Harvey.

John Harvey (born 21 December 1938 in London) is a British author of crime fiction most famous for his series of jazz-influenced Charlie Resnick novels, based in the City of Nottingham.

Writing career[edit]

Harvey has published over 90 books under various names, and has worked on scripts for TV and radio. He started writing in the 1970s when he produced a variety of pulp fiction including westerns.[1] He also ran Slow Dancer Press from 1977 to 1999 publishing poetry.

The first Resnick novel, Lonely Hearts, was published in 1989, and was named by The Times as one of the 100 Greatest Crime Novels of the Century. Harvey brought the series to an end in 2014 with Darkness, Darkness. Resnick has also made peripheral appearances in Harvey's new Frank Elder series.

The new protagonist Elder is a retired detective who now lives, as Harvey briefly did, in Cornwall. The first novel in this series, Flesh and Blood, won Harvey the Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger in 2004, an accolade many crime fiction critics[who?] thought long overdue. In 2007 he was awarded the Diamond Dagger for a Lifetime's Contribution to the genre.

Nottingham Links[edit]

Harvey moved to Nottingham in the 60s.[2] On 14 July 2009 he received an honorary degree (Doctor of Letters) from the University of Nottingham in recognition of his literary eminence and his associations with both the University and Nottingham (particularly in the Charlie Resnick novels).

He is Notts County F.C. fan and honorary member of its supporters club. He now lives in London.[2]


Standalone novels[edit]

Charlie Resnick series[edit]

  1. Lonely Hearts (1989)[2]
  2. Rough Treatment
  3. Cutting Edge
  4. Off Minor
  5. Wasted Years
  6. Cold Light
  7. Living Proof
  8. Easy Meat
  9. Still Water
  10. Last Rites
  11. Trouble in Mind (novella also featuring Jack Kiley) (2007)
  12. Cold in Hand]] (2008)
  13. Darkness Darkness

Frank Elder trilogy[edit]

  1. Flesh and Blood (2004)
  2. Ash and Bone (2005)
  3. Darkness and Light (2006)

Awards and accolades[edit]


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