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Fifteen-year-old Nicky Snape, a long-time petty juvenile offender, is picked up for killing Eric Netherfield, only to turn up dead himself two days later where he is being held.


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Fifteen-year-old Nicky Snape, a long-time petty juvenile offender, is picked up for killing Eric Netherfield, only to turn up dead himself two days later where he is being held.

30 review for Easy Meat

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jill Hutchinson

    I am a fan of the Charlie Resnick series but this one is an exception. The story couldn't decide where it was going and it was chock full of too many characters who were extraneous to the plot. It was not that the plot was unpleasant (although it was disturbing) but the way the author approached it. Not one of Harvey's best efforts.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Another fine effort by John Harvey, and of course, now I'm so invested in the life of Charlie Resnick and his fellow cops that I spend part of my time worrying over all their futures. At least in Charlie's case, he finally has a girlfriend, a teacher who was dealing with one of the criminals who populate this story. Since this was written over 20 years ago, perhaps we can forgive the unfortunate title, given the theme that emerges in this complex plot, which I can't tell you about without divulgi Another fine effort by John Harvey, and of course, now I'm so invested in the life of Charlie Resnick and his fellow cops that I spend part of my time worrying over all their futures. At least in Charlie's case, he finally has a girlfriend, a teacher who was dealing with one of the criminals who populate this story. Since this was written over 20 years ago, perhaps we can forgive the unfortunate title, given the theme that emerges in this complex plot, which I can't tell you about without divulging crucial details. A particularly strong feature of this entry is Harvey's deep dive into a dysfunctional working class Nottingham family, the Snapes. Norma Snape, a pub cleaner, has been abandoned by the fathers of her children. Her oldest, Shane, has already been in and out of detention and is up to no good. Her youngest, Nicky, is rebellious, a petty thief, and then, something worse. Her daughter is entering her teen years with the wrong crowd and a father who shows up out of nowhere. And Resnick is, in his inimitable way, both a thorn in the family's side and a lifeline to Norma through the misdeeds and calamities of her clan. After Nicky is arrested for a horrific home burglary gone wrong, a close-to-retirement cop named Bill Aston is assigned to investigate a tragedy that befalls Nicky in detention, and then, something even worse happens to quiet Bill, a lay preacher and a parochial plodder. In the midst of all this, Charlie is trying his first tentative steps toward his new love interest; his female detective, Lynn Kellogg, is seeing a therapist after her close brush with death in a previous novel; and a new detective, Carl Vincent, who is both black and gay, joins the crew. The novel concludes with one of the most terrifying, brutal scenes that any of Charlie's constables has to go through, and it brings about a major change in the detective's life. But all of that is for you to find out, dear readers.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Colin Mitchell

    Charlie Resnick is under pressure as ever with crime in the Nottingham area. Nicky Snape is off the rails when he beats up an elderly couple. His brother is after Gay men and commits a number of savage crimes. His sister Sheena has become involved with a wayward group of girls leading to drugs and violence. The theme of this book is gay sex and its affects on his own team and his friends. Through it all Charlie appears to have found a new love interest. How long will this last, especially as she Charlie Resnick is under pressure as ever with crime in the Nottingham area. Nicky Snape is off the rails when he beats up an elderly couple. His brother is after Gay men and commits a number of savage crimes. His sister Sheena has become involved with a wayward group of girls leading to drugs and violence. The theme of this book is gay sex and its affects on his own team and his friends. Through it all Charlie appears to have found a new love interest. How long will this last, especially as she does not care for cats. A good enough crime procedural novel.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alan Korolenko

    Charlie Resnick tackles several cases including a young boy's apparent suicide in a juvenile Detention Center and the beating death of a longtime Police Officer. The regulars from the series are back as is Charlie's artful sandwiches and his love of jazz. But this one is dark as Harvey explores the social problems in the poor and working class communities of Nottingham. Drugs, drink and violence are a way of life and the tragedies continue to mount. The final act in the book is the most brutal a Charlie Resnick tackles several cases including a young boy's apparent suicide in a juvenile Detention Center and the beating death of a longtime Police Officer. The regulars from the series are back as is Charlie's artful sandwiches and his love of jazz. But this one is dark as Harvey explores the social problems in the poor and working class communities of Nottingham. Drugs, drink and violence are a way of life and the tragedies continue to mount. The final act in the book is the most brutal act in this series or any police procedural series I've read and affects one of the recurring characters. It haunts after you've closed the book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jan Yarnot

    I love all the characters in these books, even many of the villains ( in this one, Nicky Snape.J I include Mark Divine, who reminds me of Tony in the early seasons of NCIS. And yay, Resnick has found a girlfriend at last... I hope she’ll be around a while. I love the rumpled Resnick and think all the women in the books should as well.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gary Van Cott

    3.5 stars. This book starts out the same as most other police procedurals but becomes more interesting near the middle. This book which was written more than 20 years ago seems especially dated. I was surprised that the conclusion wasn't more definitive.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    Nicky Snape is a 15 year old tearaway who will steal anything from anyone. He steals his mother's money and his teacher's purse and later on breaks into a house to steal more. When the elderly owner tries to beat him off with an iron rod, Nicky takes it an beats him with it. When the old man's wife tries to stop him, he attacks her. He is caught because he has dropped the library card from the teacher's purse at the scene. He is taken off to a juvenile facility where he is later found hanging in Nicky Snape is a 15 year old tearaway who will steal anything from anyone. He steals his mother's money and his teacher's purse and later on breaks into a house to steal more. When the elderly owner tries to beat him off with an iron rod, Nicky takes it an beats him with it. When the old man's wife tries to stop him, he attacks her. He is caught because he has dropped the library card from the teacher's purse at the scene. He is taken off to a juvenile facility where he is later found hanging in the bathroom. Resnick's team investigates the death, but the self-serving bureaucracy of the state care institution and its staff keeps them from getting satisfactory explanations. And then the outside officer who is brought in to head the investigation is brutally beaten to death. He is an upstanding citizen, a lay preacher, no known enemies but the killing seems more than a simple robbery gone wrong. The Resnick books are all about relationships - the dynamics of the increasingly diverse police team (blacks and openly gay officers), the hopelessly damaged Snape family, the growing attraction between Resnick and Nicky Snapes' teacher Hannah. The brutality of the crimes is tempered by the depth of understanding Harvey shows to even the most troubled of his characters. The story is complex and compelling, and the Resnick character continues to grow in this wonderfully written series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christianne

    This book is heart breaking. It's a great Resnick mystery as always, but this one is so much more than that. It's a story of how a family can be completely destroyed, partly from bad choices and partly from bad circumstances. It's a story about gay bashing and male prostitution too. It could leave you feeling completely cold and despairing of the world, were it not for the dedicated, kind (except for Divine), and competent detectives of Nottingham. One thing I like about these books is that there This book is heart breaking. It's a great Resnick mystery as always, but this one is so much more than that. It's a story of how a family can be completely destroyed, partly from bad choices and partly from bad circumstances. It's a story about gay bashing and male prostitution too. It could leave you feeling completely cold and despairing of the world, were it not for the dedicated, kind (except for Divine), and competent detectives of Nottingham. One thing I like about these books is that there is no genius on the police force who solves these crimes. These cops, even the beloved Resnick, are just hard workers with good instincts, people who want to do a good job. The crimes are solved with leg work and often a bit of luck. Seems like real life.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    A fifteen-year-old tearaway is obviously heading for a whole lot of trouble, but when he seemingly commits suicide in a youth detention centre after nearly bludgeoning an elderly couple to death, there just seems to be something more to this than originally meets the eye. When the senior policeman put in charge of the enquiry into the boys death is then found bludgeoned to death, things start to take on a more sinister feeling and rapidly becoming increasingly complicated. Charlie Resnick is put A fifteen-year-old tearaway is obviously heading for a whole lot of trouble, but when he seemingly commits suicide in a youth detention centre after nearly bludgeoning an elderly couple to death, there just seems to be something more to this than originally meets the eye. When the senior policeman put in charge of the enquiry into the boys death is then found bludgeoned to death, things start to take on a more sinister feeling and rapidly becoming increasingly complicated. Charlie Resnick is put in charge of the death of the enquiry into the death of a senior officer, whilst his love life takes an interesting turn for the better, even though Hannah Campbell is not a cat lover!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Thejelman

    Harvey can construct a story (and this one’s good) but is unable to conceal his preferences (jazz _ yawn) and, more annoyingly, his prejudices (straight white English males _ Resnick’s ok because he’s Polish). The hapless Divine only exists as a conduit for Harvey’s bile (how the author must have enjoyed writing the closing pages) but no other white Englishmen emerge very positively either. All a bit sad really, the way some writers seek to parade their ‘right-on’ credentials, distracting from a Harvey can construct a story (and this one’s good) but is unable to conceal his preferences (jazz _ yawn) and, more annoyingly, his prejudices (straight white English males _ Resnick’s ok because he’s Polish). The hapless Divine only exists as a conduit for Harvey’s bile (how the author must have enjoyed writing the closing pages) but no other white Englishmen emerge very positively either. All a bit sad really, the way some writers seek to parade their ‘right-on’ credentials, distracting from a potentially good read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    I wish there was a half-star option. Harvey's DI Charlie Resnick is as good a character as Ian Rankin's John Rebus or Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander. Less quirky than Rebus, less dour than Wallander, Resnick is tough but humane, makes mistakes but they're not horrific, and isn't an alcoholic (a nice change).

  12. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I just did not trust to read this after some reviews so I chose another book for the challenge with an " "E" in the name of author or title. Have been through some duds this month and did not want to get disgusted after getting past 50 pages so hung it up without really trying it. Reason for no rating.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Godzilla

    There are a lot of characters, though many of them aren't very well fleshed out (although to be fair, this is in the middle of a series). The twists are signposted well in advance, but it's a readable style, although I won't be rushing to read the rest of the series...

  14. 5 out of 5

    LJ

    Harvey, John-EASY MEAT-VG Excellent British police procedurals

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emma Walker

    Love the Resnick novels but sad that I'm getting near the end now.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tommy Wheeler

    Don't normally leave a review, but this is the best Charlie Resnick book I have read so far!!!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Meg Lynch

    #8 in my John Harvey binge.

  18. 5 out of 5

    David

    Another good read in the Resnick series. Written in 1996 and deals with a contraversial topic of that time, gay policemen.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Pinn

    Interesting crime novel

  20. 5 out of 5

    Roxane

    Very well written with multiple stories that intertwine - leaves you wanting more.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rosie

    excellent

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lis

    This series gets better as it goes on. Charlie Resnick and his team are each portrayed as complex individuals, and we see them change through the series. The plot of this one is well developed too.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sally Holmes

    Gripping and Grittily realistic. Based very much in the area where I work, so particularly so for me. I couldn't put it down

  24. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Charlie Resnick is sad. His moments happiness are few and far between. But Charlie is a good cop, and the author paints him with delicate strokes. These novels are fascinating reads.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sam Mooney

    I'd forgotten how much I enjoy John Harvey's Resnick series. Now I want to reread them all.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    Resnick #8

  27. 4 out of 5

    cindy k tinsley

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sue

  29. 4 out of 5

    Peter Hacke

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sally Bisbee

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