John Harvey In a True Light

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In a True Light

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Sloane's past in New York's bohemian 1950s is never far from the slippery surface of his present in this stylish noir tale from John Harvey, the award-winning novelist touted by the London Times as "the King of Crime." Nearing sixty, Sloane has just finished serving two years in an English prison for art forgery, when he's summoned to Pisa by Jane Graham, the celebrated artist with whom he had an affair four decades before, in New York. Now on her deathbed, Jane reveals that Sloane fathered a child with her. Jane's last wish is that he find their missing daughter. Sloane agrees, but his trouble only begins when he locates the confused, edgy Connie. Let alone that she is wasting her bluesy voice singing in New York's smalltime jazz clubs; she is wasting her life big-time on Vincent Delaney, her volatile mob-connected manager. An unfamiliar paternal instinct pulls Sloane into Connie's rescue and a maelstrom of criminal violence, serial murder, police procedures, hard truths, and increasingly dangerous consequences.

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John Harvey is the author of the richly-praised sequence of ten Charlie Resnick novels, the first of which, Lonely Hearts, was named by The Times as one of the ‘100 Best Crime Novels of the Century.’ In 2004, William Heinemann published Flesh and Blood, the first novel featuring retired Detective Inspector Frank Elder. He is also a poet, dramatist and occasional broadcaster.

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*Starred Review* We've had to wait far too long for a new novel from John Harvey, whose Charlie Resnick series, concluded in 1999 after 10 installments, helped redefine the British procedural. And now we have something completely different. Sloane is a 60-year-old London painter, not a blue-collar copper from the Midlands, but he is also an ex-con, recently released from prison after serving time for art forgery. Summoned to the deathbed of a former lover--a far more successful painter Sloane met in New York during the bohemian fifties--he learns to his amazement that he has a grown daughter. Carrying out his dying lover's wishes, Sloane ventures to New York to establish contact with this phantom from the past. The daughter, Connie, is a struggling jazz singer whose life and career are jeopardized by a self-destructive, abusive relationship with her manager, a mobster with illusions of grandeur. Harvey jumps between Sloane in the present, forced to reengage with life in order to help his daughter, and Sloane in the past, a young painter in the Village, falling in love with Connie's mother, hearing Monk at the Five Spot, letting the full force of bohemian culture at its zenith wash over him. This is not one of those overly intellectualized art mysteries in which Renaissance paintings contain elaborate puzzles; rather, it is a streetwise, savvy thriller that uses the energy of modern art, not its peripheral pretensions, to tell a complex story of emotional rebirth. A surprising and immensely satisfying return to crime fiction for one of the genre's true modern masters. Bill Ott
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