Published by William Heinemann in hardcover and eBook versions, January, 2012
Unabridged Audio version from W. F. Howes, February. 2012
US publication : Pegasus Books, mid-October, 2012
When a seventeen-year-old Moldovan boy is found dead on Hampstead Heath, the case falls to DCI Karen Shields and her overstretched Homicide & Serious Crime team. 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, from the back streets and high-rises of Tottenham to the multimillion-pound hideaways of the new international entrepreneurs.
Several hundred miles away in Cornwall, DI Trevor Cordon is stirred from his day-to-day duties by another tragic London fatality. Travelling to the capital, determined to establish the cause of death and trace the deceased’s daughter – an old acquaintance from Penzance – Cordon becomes entangled in a lethally complex situation of his own. A situation much closer to Karen’s case then either of them can imagine…
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.
‘John Harvey is not just a fine crime novelist but a fine writer, and an adornment to his chosen genre. I devoured Good Bait in a day, and defy any reader to do otherwise. Great Stuff.’
‘Intricate, character-driven plotting and a large canvas full of telling detail lift this above the average police procedural.’
Laura Wilson, The Guradian
”Good Bait’ proves that John Harvey is always prepared to tackle something new and ambitious.’
Barry Forshaw, The Independent
‘Nearly three years after his last novel, John Harvey returns in resounding form … Terrific plot and, in Karen Shields, a splendid new heroine.’
Marcel Berlins, The Times
‘Just when you thought that Harvey couldn’t get any better, up he pops with yet another brilliantly constructed, coolly written, chillingly sharp and utterly contemporary procedural.’
Henry Sutton, Daily Mirror