A collection of short stories from the Cartier Diamond Dagger winner and Sunday Times bestseller.
John Harvey has been described as the master of British crime and in A Darker Shade of Blue he has collected together some of his very best writing.
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 characters like Frank Elder, who tried to turn his back on police work and failed; Jack Kiley, ex-copper and one-time professional footballer, now a London-based PI; and the renowned jazz loving and much-loved Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick, John Harvey's finely-crafted vignettes perfectly encapsulate life in the badlands of modern Britain.
“These dark, gritty, crime stories set in the mean streets of modern Britain - in Soho, Sheffield, Nottingham - and peopled by gangsters, cops, drug addicts and prostitutes . . . are compelling”
Independent on Sunday
“Is there a better . . . writer around than Harvey? Probably not”