Wasted Years: (Resnick 5) (Charlie Resnick series)


In this book it was good to see one loser quit drinking and take responsibility. Still, I would prefer if Harvey spent less time in the mind of the bad guys and told more about what's happening to Resnick's co-workers, who don't get enough space in the book. As far as the writing of this book is concerned, the technique of going back and forth in time works OK. I do find Harvey's writing style difficult to read at times, however, because he writes sentences that stretch the rules of grammar and clarity.

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He also tends to use so many British colloquialisms and slang terms. Nonetheless, his writing is very compelling. He also depicts places and characters well. Resnick is a good character with personal issues and also with specific traits that make him who he is, such as his sloppiness in eating. It is mouthwatering to read about the sandwiches he concocts, and it is fun to learn Resnick names his cats after jazz greats, eg, Dizzy for Dizzy Gillespie and Miles for Miles Davis. His concern about proper policing makes him a character one can like also. For more mystery series that may entertain you, check out my website describing and reviewing many series see my Amazon profile for the URL.

The fifth and strongest entry in Harvey's Charlie Resnick series is less sensational on the procedural side than previous outings, focusing on two separate sets of armed robberies. One set does a good job of portraying a bullying wayward youth and his aimless follower, while the other very high-end, hitting banks and armored cars, and is rooted in Resnick's past.

Harvey effectively cuts back and forth between the present and in order to show the past events and characters.

Wasted Years: A Charlie Resnick Mystery

As usual, the private lives of the police squad is further developed. The author uses characters' consumer choices as little labels. You can't help but feel that he is laughing at them. Not so Resnick who has impeccable taste. Near the end a bad character hops into bed with a Jeffrey Archer novel. It is then you realize that he is damned.

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East Dane Designer Men's Fashion. I learned more about Resnick, his previous marriage, his love of music jazz, blues , an inability to keep his tie clean. It's Resnick's love of music that creates connections for various characters in the novel. The "wasted years" of the title comes from an old blues song, which effectively works as a refrain throughout the novel. Resnick heard the song sung by a great flash-in-the-pan singer at a club back in these club moments seem so authentic, and are great if you're into the history of jazz, blues, and rock , the same place where he would meet his future wife.

Zoom forward a bit, and the same singer is married to a hard man -- and a robber that Resnick would take part in arresting. The "arrest" is something of a frame-up by a crooked cop. Zoom forward a bit more, and that same hard man is getting ready to be released, and no one knows if he has revenge list in hand.

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Spiraling out from this are a few other stories that are robbery connected. One involves a couple of young idiot robbers, another involves what seems to be a professional bunch of robbers that are proving hard to catch. Harvey sees plenty of them, but not in any accusatory way. We all commit them, live through them, adjust. It's what we do with such moments that make us more or less human.

Dec 11, Christine Cody rated it really liked it. A man Charlie had helped put in prison 10 years earlier is about to gain release on parole. With his great love of jazz, Charlie appreciates talent and this singer was someone he had always admired. In this pursuit, he encounters another talented jazz musician he often listened to two decades back, a man who had lost his way in the bottle. The musician is sober now and wants to help the investigators as a way of saving his son, Keith: This time the jazz connection is even more profound, as he begins to work with the two performers who had each lost their way and were now attempting to salvage their lives.

Harvey introduces each section of the book by providing the year of the events, ranging from to the present when this book was written. That prevents the story from confusing us but more importantly reminds us how quickly the years slip by, whether we have wasted them or feel we lived them perfectly. Oct 02, David Peters rated it really liked it. It was this faith that has sustained me through the first four books of his Charlie Resnick series.

Charlie is a divorced, forty something, jazz-loving Detective Inspector with the Nottingham police force who solves crimes one plodding step at a time. I say plodding in a good way as he does not make unbelievable jumps in reasonable logic to suddenly solve the case; rather he takes the information at hand and pursues it relentlessly. The Resnick books are just plain old good police procedurals. The weakness of the first four has been the lack of character depth and the tightness of the plots, but having read his Frank Elder series, I know he developed those writing skills with time.

Wasted Years, book five in the series, is where he makes that change.

The book itself is pages longer than any of the others, but at the same time less plot points are mixed in. Harvey is telling a very tight story but in a much more realistic and life like way. In this book we see the juxtaposition of two bank robbery teams, one from 10 years previous and one from today. In the upcoming parole of the original criminal and the beginnings of another career on crime, they all come together with Resnick. We see choices made and consequences meted out, and see how small and simple things can lead to a life, or a lot of Wasted Years.

Could this book have been better, yes, but I am really looking forward to the rest of the series. Dec 10, Monica rated it really liked it Shelves: From Kirkus - pretty well says it. They remind Charlie of similar happenings ten years back that ended with the jailing of taciturn, icy John Prior--after an encounter that brought Charlie closer to death than he'd ever been.

Prior's blues singer wife Ruth became involved with a detective on the case--the sinister Rains. Charli From Kirkus - pretty well says it. Charlie's marriage also ended about then, and Rains later left the force for greener fields. Now, Prior is about to be released from prison--supposedly a reformed man. Charlie, a passionate lover of jazz and blues, worries about the fate of Ruth, now vanished, if a vengeful Prior catches up with her. But he finds a way to track her, through pathetic small-time crook Keith Nylands, long under the thumb of his vicious onetime prison pal Darren.

Keith's alcoholic father Reg, once a talented drummer, knows Ruth's whereabouts. He and Charlie strike a bargain that activates the unflaggingly tense buildup to a surprising climax. A dizzying but never incoherent panorama of broken dreams, brutal street language, bent cops, as well as those struggling to do their jobs and hold their lives together--all of it permeated by Charlie's unsanctimonious probity and clumsy grace.

Harvey is truly master of the police procedural for the 90's. Dec 21, Christianne rated it it was amazing Shelves: Crime novels don't have to be well written to be enjoyable. I mean if you have a good mystery and some good action, well then, a crime novel can be a good and easy summer beach read. But with the Resnick series, you get it all.

Fabulous writing, great characters, and compelling crime stories. I've been trying to pinpoint what's so good about Harvey's writing, and I'm not sure I can explain it. He uses language deftly to create believable, relatable scenes and moods.

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He uses language deftly to create believable, relatable scenes and moods. Writing's not bad, but still not worth a read. One set does a good job of portraying a bullying wayward youth and his aimless follower, while the other very high-end, hitting banks and armored cars, and is rooted in Resnick's past. Dec 11, Christine Cody rated it really liked it. Wasted years is the fifth book in the series and my favorite so far. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

I am able to understand compli Crime novels don't have to be well written to be enjoyable. I am able to understand complicated characters quickly. All good writers do this; I just don't know how. Wasted years is the fifth book in the series and my favorite so far. It takes you back into Resnick's past and fills out his character a bit more. With each book you get to know Resnick better, just like building a relationship with a friend over time.

I love to get to know characters, which is why I read series, and I miss them when I've read through all the books. Jan 28, P.

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Lindsay added it Shelves: Wasted Years is the fifth book in the Charlie Resnik series. John Harvey writes excellent British police procedural novels with tight plots, plenty of motivations and character anguish, and the story races along nicely. Wasted Years is another winner as far as Harvey's fans are concerned. Here we have a novel which bounces between 'now' and ten years ago because Resnik is reminded of the past as he is part of a team investigating a series of very smart and successful robberies.

They seem to be of Wasted Years is the fifth book in the Charlie Resnik series. They seem to be of the same pattern as the robberies done by a group of villains ten years earlier. And where does ex-copper Rains come into it? Eventually the link is revealed but at personal cost. A good read for anyone who likes British police procedurals. A good read for anyone wanting a fast paced whodunit.

Jul 27, Peggy rated it liked it. Resnick is on the case to find the people who are holding up businesses while wearing masks-and a dectective that had gone bad-is being sought by the police because they think he has had a hand in these hold ups. A young man named Keith gets involved with a man he once shared a cell with in jail-and under this man's thumb-he aides him in committing crimes-with each crime Darren gets bolder-which could put Keith's life in danger.

This was a pretty good read, but at times the flashbacks and such m Resnick is on the case to find the people who are holding up businesses while wearing masks-and a dectective that had gone bad-is being sought by the police because they think he has had a hand in these hold ups. This was a pretty good read, but at times the flashbacks and such made it a bit confusing to me. So sometimes I had to reread a chapter-and there are references to things that happened in other books-I almost felt as if I should have read them before this. But if you like English dialogue-that alone might keep you reading.

Jul 16, Bonnie rated it really liked it. Fifth in Charlie Resnick series by John Harvey. The book starts with Charlie remembering ten years ago when a series of armed robberies sweept through the city where he worked as a policeman. He also rues the marriage that ended with Elaine when he caught her cheating on him. He also remembers the urban riots that broke out leaving a pervasive despair. Now, two separate groups of criminals are again threatening the security of the twon: Jass permeates the novel and a blues singer Ruth brings the criminals and police together.

Dec 10, Meg Lynch rated it liked it.