DI Frank Elder

5 books in series
3.5 out of 5 stars 50 ratings

Ash and Bone Publisher's Summary

In his Cornish hideaway, retired Detective Inspector Frank Elder's solitary life is disturbed by a call from his estranged wife, telling him his 17-year-old daughter, Katherine, is running wild, unbalanced by a rape he feels he should have prevented.

Meanwhile, in London, the capture of a violent criminal goes badly wrong, and Detective Sergeant Maddy Birch is uneasy about the reasons why, an uneasiness that is compounded when she starts to believe she is being stalked.

Maddy and Frank have a connection, a brief and clumsy encounter years before. Now their lives connect again when a second phone call persuades Elder out of retirement, only to find that a cold case has a devastating present-day impact....

©2005 John Harvey (P)2006 W. F. Howes Ltd
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  • Book 1

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  • Book 2

    • Ash and Bone

    • By: John Harvey
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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      4 out of 5 stars 14

    In his Cornish hideaway, retired Detective Inspector Frank Elder's solitary life is disturbed by a call from his estranged wife, telling him his 17-year-old daughter, Katherine, is running wild, unbalanced by a rape he feels he should have prevented. Meanwhile, in London, the capture of a violent criminal goes badly wrong, and Detective Sergeant Maddy Birch is uneasy about the reasons why, an uneasiness that is compounded when she starts to believe she is being stalked.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
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    • By Pat on 02-02-18

    Regular price: $22.27

  • Book 3

    • Darkness and Light

    • By: John Harvey
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    Detective Inspector Frank Elder's first case was unsolved. A dead woman, lying on a bed, immaculately dressed. The murderer was never found: free to kill again. Eight years later, Elder's estranged wife contacts him in his Cornish hideaway. Her friend's sister Claire has mysteriously disappeared. Elder reluctantly agrees to help. Then Claire is found dead, arranged with meticulous detail on her bed, and it doesn't take long for Elder to make the connection.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Literate, expertly plotted

    • By Carole Cable on 03-13-08

    Regular price: $20.24

  • Book 4

    • Body and Soul

    • By: John Harvey
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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    From the master of British crime writing comes Frank Elder’s last case. When his estranged daughter Katherine suddenly appears on his doorstep, Elder knows that something is badly wrong. The breakdown of her relationship with a controversial artist has sent her into a self-destructive tailspin which culminates in murder. And as Elder struggles to protect Katherine and prove her innocence, the terrors of the past threaten them both once more. 

    Regular price: $18.54

    • A Darker Shade of Blue

    • By: John Harvey
    • Narrated by: Amy Shindler, Colin Mace, Gordon Griffin, and others
    • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      1 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    m 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 familiar characters including Frank Elder and Detective Inspector Charlie Resnick.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Short story, horror production

    • By Trevor Collins on 11-22-14

    Regular price: $17.95