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Title:
Now's the time
Author:
Harvey, John, 1942-
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Publication Information:
London : Slow Dancer Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
299 pages ; 20 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781871033588

9781871033533
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John Harvey was born in London, England on December 21, 1938. After studying at Goldsmiths' College, University of London, and at Hatfield Polytechnic, he received a master's degree in American studies at the University of Nottingham, where he briefly taught film and American literature. He taught English and drama in secondary schools for 12 years.

He has been a full-time author since 1975. He has written more than 100 books including The Charlie Resnick Mystery series. He has received several awards including the Grand Prix du Roman Noir Etranger in 2000 for Cold Light, the British Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger and the Barry Award in 2004 for Flesh and Blood, the Prix du Polar European in 2007 for Ash and Bone, the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for Sustained Excellence in Crime Writing in 2007, and the CWA Short Story Dagger in 2014 for Fedora. He has also published several poetry collections including Ghosts of a Chance, Bluer Than This, and New and Selected Poems, Out of Silence. He has written for television and radio. Between 1977 and 1999, he edited Slow Dancer magazine and ran Slow Dancer.

(Bowker Author Biography)


John Harvey was born in London, England on December 21, 1938. After studying at Goldsmiths' College, University of London, and at Hatfield Polytechnic, he received a master's degree in American studies at the University of Nottingham, where he briefly taught film and American literature. He taught English and drama in secondary schools for 12 years.

He has been a full-time author since 1975. He has written more than 100 books including The Charlie Resnick Mystery series. He has received several awards including the Grand Prix du Roman Noir Etranger in 2000 for Cold Light, the British Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger and the Barry Award in 2004 for Flesh and Blood, the Prix du Polar European in 2007 for Ash and Bone, the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for Sustained Excellence in Crime Writing in 2007, and the CWA Short Story Dagger in 2014 for Fedora. He has also published several poetry collections including Ghosts of a Chance, Bluer Than This, and New and Selected Poems, Out of Silence. He has written for television and radio. Between 1977 and 1999, he edited Slow Dancer magazine and ran Slow Dancer.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

For crime-fiction fans still grieving over Harvey's decision to end his masterful Charlie Resnick series, a reprieve arrives with this collection of the complete Resnick short stories. The 12 stories--all with titles borrowed from tunes recorded by jazz great Charlie Parker--feature not only Resnick and his fellow Nottingham coppers but also many of the supporting characters from the novels. Ray-o Cook, for example, the slightly bent junk-shop operator who appears in both Off Minor (1992) and the series' finale, Last Rites [BKL F 1 99], turns up in four of these stories and again demonstrates Harvey's genius for portraying the British underclass with uncompromising honesty, hard-won empathy, and not a whit of sentimentality. Too often short crime fiction falls prey to the demands of plot--too much mystery, not enough character--but Harvey avoids this snare by focusing, as he does in the novels, on the psyches of his people rather than on who did what. He says in his introduction to the collection that he used the stories (much as Raymond Chandler did his short fiction) as "footnotes to the longer work, testing grounds on which to walk the characters." For the reader, though, these testing grounds are much more than dress rehearsals; although some stories require knowledge of the novels for maximum enjoyment, others function like early episodes of Hill Street Blues: vivid slices of cop life into which we are immersed suddenly, often in medias res, and from which we emerge with a powerful sense of the suffocating sadness of life on the periphery of society. A perfect coda to the most accomplished crime series of the 1990s. --Bill Ott


Booklist Review

For crime-fiction fans still grieving over Harvey's decision to end his masterful Charlie Resnick series, a reprieve arrives with this collection of the complete Resnick short stories. The 12 stories--all with titles borrowed from tunes recorded by jazz great Charlie Parker--feature not only Resnick and his fellow Nottingham coppers but also many of the supporting characters from the novels. Ray-o Cook, for example, the slightly bent junk-shop operator who appears in both Off Minor (1992) and the series' finale, Last Rites [BKL F 1 99], turns up in four of these stories and again demonstrates Harvey's genius for portraying the British underclass with uncompromising honesty, hard-won empathy, and not a whit of sentimentality. Too often short crime fiction falls prey to the demands of plot--too much mystery, not enough character--but Harvey avoids this snare by focusing, as he does in the novels, on the psyches of his people rather than on who did what. He says in his introduction to the collection that he used the stories (much as Raymond Chandler did his short fiction) as "footnotes to the longer work, testing grounds on which to walk the characters." For the reader, though, these testing grounds are much more than dress rehearsals; although some stories require knowledge of the novels for maximum enjoyment, others function like early episodes of Hill Street Blues: vivid slices of cop life into which we are immersed suddenly, often in medias res, and from which we emerge with a powerful sense of the suffocating sadness of life on the periphery of society. A perfect coda to the most accomplished crime series of the 1990s. --Bill Ott