• “In Wasted Years, Harvey deftly weaves past and present, blending the strands of character and story to form the kind of rich tapestry that lifts the police procedural into the realm of the mainstream novel.” Sue Grafton

  • “Like Thelonious Monk and other jazz greats who make the mood music in his books, John Harvey likes to play with form. In Wasted Years . . . [Harvey] switches time frames like song keys to tell a story about the cold hopes and lost chances that breed crime in the red-brick provinces.”  - The New York Times Book Review

  • “The prose is pared down and tersely elliptical—Wasted Years wastes little language. But, as always with Harvey, less is bountifully more.”  - The Philadelphia Inquirer