Good Bait by John Harvey
A Novel

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A stunning new crime novel from the Cartier Diamond Dagger winner and London Times bestselling author

When a 17-year-old Moldovan boy is found dead on Hampstead Heath, the case falls to DCI Karen Shields and her overstretched Homicide & Serious Crime Unit. Karen knows she needs a result. What she doesn’t know is that her new case is tied inextricably to a much larger web of gang warfare and organised crime which infiltrates almost every aspect of London society.
Several hundred miles away in Cornwall, Detective Inspector Trevor Cordon is stirred from his day-to-day duties by another tragic London fatality. Travelling to the capital and determined to establish the cause of death and trace the deceased’s daughter, Cordon becomes entangled in a complicated situation of his own. A situation much closer to Karen’s case than either of them will ever know.
Brilliantly plotted and filled with rich, subtle characters, John Harvey’s latest novel reveals him once again as a masterful writer with his finger firmly on the pulse of twenty-first century crime.

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He is director of psychology at Allied Services Rehabilitation Hospital. He live & works in Scranton, Pennsylvania. ,P.
Published January 8, 2013 by Pegasus Books. 418 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Shields, a black woman constantly confronting sexism and racism in the force, and Cordon, a divorced loner yearning for a relationship with Letitia, never actually meet, but their cases collide in the halls of power where heavyweights from the Metropolitan Police, the Serious Organized Crime Agen...

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The Bookbag

John Harvey seems to have finished this book in the early summer of 2011 but as I read I was put in mind of a non-fiction book I read recently - Out of the Ashes: Britain After the Riots by David Lammy - and it was difficult to escape the conclusion that Harvey really does have his finger on the ...

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Reviewing the Evidence

This problem notwithstanding, both stories considered alone have enough interest and pace to sustain interest, and the characters are sufficiently well-developed to be interesting and sympathetic.

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Only mentioned indirectly in news reports, something like these criminal relationships played a part in the Stephen Lawrence murder trial, while the hierarchy of street gangs and knife killings tying back to organised crime also played a part in the Ben Kinsella murder case in 2008 (which receive...

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