Wednesday, February 6, 2013

complex but not too complex to follow.

In John Harvey’s latest crime novel, Good Bait, there are two main storylines following two different cases. The first is the murder of a 17-year-old boy who was found in a frozen pond, assigned to DCI Karen Shields and the Homicide & Serious Crime team. The second drops on DI Trevor Cordon hundreds of miles away when a troubled woman he knew is killed under the wheels of an oncoming train. Karen Shields is a London homicide Detective Chief Inspector, while DI Trevor Cordon is a veteran cop in Panzance. Both cases are connected to the world of criminal gangs and those they exploit, and both are basically added to the list of an already heavy caseload of unsolved murders.

As usual, John Harvey does an amazing job creating intriguing protagonists. Shields is an all-business thirty-something Jamaican female, Cordon is a fifty-something white veteran cop waiting on retirement. The two are as different as night and day, literally. Yet, their storylines blend naturally because the two cases have more of a connection than anyone realizes.

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