Lonely Hearts

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Lonely Hearts [BOOKS] ✭ Lonely Hearts By John Harvey – Polishdarling.co.uk Shirley Peters is dead Murdered Her body is found twelve hours later in her own home Just one of the many sordid domestic crimes hitting the cityTony Macliesh, her rejected boyfriend, is the obvious p Shirley Peters is dead Murdered Her body is found twelve hours later in her own home Just one of the many sordid domestic crimes hitting the cityTony Macliesh, her rejected boyfriend, is the obvious prime suspect and he s just been picked off the Aberdeen train and put straight into custody But then another women is sexually abused and throttled to death And suddenly there appears to be one too many connections between these seemingly unrelated crimesBecause Detective Inspector Resnick is sure that the two murders are the work of one sadistic killer two Lonely Hearts broken by one maniac And it s up to Resnick to put the record straight and put the bastard where he belongs.


10 thoughts on “Lonely Hearts

  1. Mark Mark says:

    Having read Harvey s last Charlie Resnick mystery and one in the middle No 6 , I ve decided to go back and march through from the beginning.In this first entry, Charlie, a detective inspector in Nottingham, is confronted with the bodies of two women At first they appear to be separate cases, but eventually, as the title suggests, they are linked to Lonely Hearts letters, the forerunners to Tinder and Match.Besides carefully unfolding the evidence of the crimes, Lonely Hearts also introduces u Having read Harvey s last Charlie Resnick mystery and one in the middle No 6 , I ve decided to go back and march through from the beginning.In this first entry, Charlie, a detective inspector in Nottingham, is confronted with the bodies of two women At first they appear to be separate cases, but eventually, as the title suggests, they are linked to Lonely Hearts letters, the forerunners to Tinder and Match.Besides carefully unfolding the evidence of the crimes, Lonely Hearts also introduces us to the central cast of cops in the series Lynn Kellogg, a young detective in a loveless relationship Dipak Patel, the immigrant family detective who is nerdy and studious Graham Millington, the ambitious by the book sergeant Mark Divine, a crude, narrow minded detective and Kevin Naylor, newly married and a negative nellie The interplay of their personalities plays as big a part in the crimes as the actual detection.There is also, of course, a love interest, Rachel Chaplin, a social worker who is breaking up with a possessive boyfriend and first jousts with Charlie, then falls for him.As the police investigation intensifies, Charlie also hews to old fashioned detection and hunches about people, in contrast to statistical patterns and the obvious, red herring suspects In the process, Harvey creates a creepily amoral killer.Harvey s dialogue, sense of place and pacing are just superb On to the next


  2. Jill Hutchinson Jill Hutchinson says:

    I have read several books in the Charlie Resnick series and have truly enjoyed them But I had never read the very first one until now It was disappointing although it may have been because as the series progressed, the major characters were fully developed and Harvey s writing improved There is a lot going on in this story which should have made it a good read but it just didn t come together The premise was good.lonely women writing to the personal column in the local newspaper and en I have read several books in the Charlie Resnick series and have truly enjoyed them But I had never read the very first one until now It was disappointing although it may have been because as the series progressed, the major characters were fully developed and Harvey s writing improved There is a lot going on in this story which should have made it a good read but it just didn t come together The premise was good.lonely women writing to the personal column in the local newspaper and ending up murderedbut there didn t seem to be any cohesion to the narrative It wandered along until the rather ambiguous ending and that was it Certainly not one of Harvey s best by any means but I guess it was good enough to give birth to what is now a successful series


  3. Glen Glen says:

    Dreary British police procedural.A woman is murdered, and the police assume it a domestic violence type of deal Then a similar murder happens There s a lonely hearts murder on the loose.This series gets a lot of positive reviews, but apparently it s just not for me.


  4. Guy Guy says:

    Got to beto life than sex and violence, hasn t there Lonely Hearts, from British author John Harvey, is the first novel in the long running Charlie Resnick series With interesting characters, the book is a good beginning, and the emphasis is on a handful of Nottingham based police detectives who work for Resnick These detectives have an array of personal problems which become glaringly apparent as Resnick s team try to solve the vicious murder of a young woman PC Patel is making routiGot to beto life than sex and violence, hasn t there Lonely Hearts, from British author John Harvey, is the first novel in the long running Charlie Resnick series With interesting characters, the book is a good beginning, and the emphasis is on a handful of Nottingham based police detectives who work for Resnick These detectives have an array of personal problems which become glaringly apparent as Resnick s team try to solve the vicious murder of a young woman PC Patel is making routine inquiries regarding another crime in a neighborhood when a vague suspicion sends him into a house where he discovers the body of Shirley Peters, strangled with her own scarf At first, the murder seems like a nice, tidyopen and sodding shut case Shirley s ex boyfriend is violent and jealous, and he has a history of stalking Shirley But then a second murder occurs evenviolent than the first, and a forensic match tells Resnick that the two women were murdered by the same man A little digging uncovers the clue that both women advertised in the lonely hearts column of the local paper, and Resnick suspects that the killer selected his victims from these encounters The second victim even kept a pile of letters from the men she met 43 letters total Resnick s case isn t easy One of the women met a man a week So Resnick s team painstakingly tracks down the many men who answered ads placed by the two victims.Against the backdrop of the murders of these two lonely women, John Harvey creates Resnick, a man who understands loneliness he s divorced, middle aged and lives with four cats for company While he s a good detective, he neglects himself, so he often turns up in rumpled clothing, and at one point has a food stained tie Resnick s neglect of himself is becoming so obvious that he s beginning to generate comments Resnick, deep in middle age, has neglected his body, and since he eats badly he eats heavy meals irregularly , he s beginning to turn to fat Resnick is every bit as lonely as the dead women who placed the ads.Another theme of the novel is abusive relationships, and there s certainlythan one of those here Resnick is scheduled to appear and testify in a sickening child abuse case, and it s a situation in which he finds himself considering how the law doesn t equal justice He meets and becomes attracted to Rachel, a social worker, whose relationship with her live in boyfriend is going south Lonely Hearts shows how relationships that go wrong can so easily flip into violent abuse when one partner refuses to accept that it s over But even the non abusive relationships in the novel seem to be examples of people settling for another person who s littlethan a warm body anything except be alone So on one hand, we see characters who are seeking love, companionship and sex, and on the other hand we have characters who have partners who occupy a space in their lives but littleMany of the couples seem to be together out of habit and are so plagued with inertia, they lack the energy to leave.The ending of the novel was too Hollywood sensationalistic read unrealistic for my tastes, and Rachel was a rather annoying character The best part of the novel for this reader, and it certainly promisesfor the series, are the interesting characters surrounding Resnick there s Divine, an old school sexist detective who harasses his married partner, Kevin Naylor Kevin Naylor is distracted by the sudden overwhelming requirements of married life and its endless demands He feels somewhat disoriented by the sudden new path his life has taken as if he took the wrong escalator and can t get off In many ways Naylor, who keeps his problems to himself, envies womanizer DivineWhy couldn t he be like Divine The world divided into three equal parts you drank it, fly tackled it, or got your leg over it. Of course, men like the crass Divine want men like Naylor to envy them Then there s Lynn Kellogg, a young policewoman from Norfolk whose instincts indicate that she s going to have a stellar career There s some unspoken antagonism between Lynn and Divine, and there s a question about who ripped off Divine s beloved girlie posters off the wall Resnick is considering reshuffling partners as the story plays out, and that should make for some intriguing sequels Lynn, in many ways, is a female Resnick her energy and her passion centre on her career, and she s just one of the characters who evaluates a tepid relationship.This has been made into a TV film with the excellent Tom Wilkinson as Resnick.Review copy


  5. Bonnie Bonnie says:

    I randonly picked up the eight in this series and liked it so much I went back to the first Chrlie Resnick Mystery Set in a CID headquarters in England s Midlands, this first novel introduces Charley Resnick forty, a little overweight, underexercised, divorced with four cats He loves food and American jazz and is the only child of Polish immigrants His first case involves two women murdered by someone and the only connectuion between the two is they placed ads in the newpapers in a loney hear I randonly picked up the eight in this series and liked it so much I went back to the first Chrlie Resnick Mystery Set in a CID headquarters in England s Midlands, this first novel introduces Charley Resnick forty, a little overweight, underexercised, divorced with four cats He loves food and American jazz and is the only child of Polish immigrants His first case involves two women murdered by someone and the only connectuion between the two is they placed ads in the newpapers in a loney hearts section Charlie is an endearing character who loves his job and is compassionate and smart Charlie meets Rachel who works for social services while testifying against a father accused of molesting his seven year old daughter The have immediate chemistry and their relationship grows during his search for the killer of the two women Much detail is spent on the machinations of police procedures Ready for the next Charlie detective novel


  6. Chana Chana says:

    Is this a serial killer mystery I couldn t tell you Who killed Shirley Peters I don t know Who killed Mary Sheppard I don t know Did the same person kill them both Was it the college professor with the scarf in the living room Uh, could be Was it the mentally deficient guy with something heavy enough to crush a woman s skull in the back garden Doesn t that seem unlikely Well justice isn t necessarily about truth What does child abuse have to do with it What does a young woman, very Is this a serial killer mystery I couldn t tell you Who killed Shirley Peters I don t know Who killed Mary Sheppard I don t know Did the same person kill them both Was it the college professor with the scarf in the living room Uh, could be Was it the mentally deficient guy with something heavy enough to crush a woman s skull in the back garden Doesn t that seem unlikely Well justice isn t necessarily about truth What does child abuse have to do with it What does a young woman, very unlike the other victims, who gets put into critical condition have to do with it At least she tells us who hurt her Although the person who hurt her is evidently wanting to be hurting someone else so why doesn t he Is he punishing the first woman or just practicing for his next intended victim Why is there no similarity in the crimes if the same person is responsible for all the crimes Is the clue in academic theories What was in the way of the door in the final scene Beats me, and why don t I know Because it is never explained or because I am just a dense reader The only character who is likeable is Charlie Resnick, he reminded me of Swedish detective Kurt Wallender Actually detective Lynn Kellog is also likeable but we don t spend a lot of time with her Patel was OK but we see him even less than Lynn This story is Incredibly Inconsistent And Horribly Unhappy Hated Rachel, everyone else is looking for love, she is throwing it away And by the way, who wrote the Lonely Hearts Ad for Rachel Was it Rachel Nothing made sense The author is not without talent and he had the potential for a good book here, but like Rachel throwing away love, the author throws all the potential for a good book away Too bad I think I will go read other readers reviews and see if I can get a clue as to what actually happened in this book.I think this book spawned a migraine in my poor head but after reading other reviews I ve decided to accept the one serial killer premise here, unlikely as I find it But that ending I don t think so.The symbolism, the room Charlie kept making up as a nursery, just too much I couldn t take it


  7. Colin Mitchell Colin Mitchell says:

    An enjoyable read Plot not too obvious Good trail of evidence to follow The first of the Resnick series and one that I will follow again A good detective novel.


  8. Ian Mapp Ian Mapp says:

    Staring at the beginning of Harvey s crime career, having read the Elder ones.I have to say this is plodding and rather poor Nothing much happens, little character development and no red herrings or twists.Its like a boring few days at work for resnick.He investigates the murder of a two women in sex attacks Both have advertised in the lonely hearts column and are attacked by the only credible suspect a local professor who bizarrely seems to kill himself when he attacks Resnicks would be squ Staring at the beginning of Harvey s crime career, having read the Elder ones.I have to say this is plodding and rather poor Nothing much happens, little character development and no red herrings or twists.Its like a boring few days at work for resnick.He investigates the murder of a two women in sex attacks Both have advertised in the lonely hearts column and are attacked by the only credible suspect a local professor who bizarrely seems to kill himself when he attacks Resnicks would be squeeze local social worker Rachel.Some nice black humour and a very downbeat feel to things but it was just not engaging enough for


  9. Jo Jo says:

    I found this very slow going with the action mainly happening in the last five pages I found the way the author jumped from character to character was confusing together with his habit of listing the dialogue with no indication of who was speaking The book is also showing its age as it was written in the 1980s in the days before mobile phones and internet It is like stepping back in time Nevertheless the main character was interesting and I shall probably continue with the series although I I found this very slow going with the action mainly happening in the last five pages I found the way the author jumped from character to character was confusing together with his habit of listing the dialogue with no indication of who was speaking The book is also showing its age as it was written in the 1980s in the days before mobile phones and internet It is like stepping back in time Nevertheless the main character was interesting and I shall probably continue with the series although I m glad I borrowed it from the library rather than purchasing it


  10. Nancy Ellis Nancy Ellis says:

    I know this series has gotten lots of rave reviews, but it s just not my cup of tea Charlie Resnick is a detective in Nottingham, not a very happy man, aging, divorced, etc., with his cats his only redeeming feature I found the book to be grim and depressing and couldn t force myself to care about any of the characters I doubt I ll read any , but you never know.


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10 thoughts on “Lonely Hearts

  1. Mark Mark says:

    Having read Harvey s last Charlie Resnick mystery and one in the middle No 6 , I ve decided to go back and march through from the beginning.In this first entry, Charlie, a detective inspector in Nottingham, is confronted with the bodies of two women At first they appear to be separate cases, but eventually, as the title suggests, they are linked to Lonely Hearts letters, the forerunners to Tinder and Match.Besides carefully unfolding the evidence of the crimes, Lonely Hearts also introduces u Having read Harvey s last Charlie Resnick mystery and one in the middle No 6 , I ve decided to go back and march through from the beginning.In this first entry, Charlie, a detective inspector in Nottingham, is confronted with the bodies of two women At first they appear to be separate cases, but eventually, as the title suggests, they are linked to Lonely Hearts letters, the forerunners to Tinder and Match.Besides carefully unfolding the evidence of the crimes, Lonely Hearts also introduces us to the central cast of cops in the series Lynn Kellogg, a young detective in a loveless relationship Dipak Patel, the immigrant family detective who is nerdy and studious Graham Millington, the ambitious by the book sergeant Mark Divine, a crude, narrow minded detective and Kevin Naylor, newly married and a negative nellie The interplay of their personalities plays as big a part in the crimes as the actual detection.There is also, of course, a love interest, Rachel Chaplin, a social worker who is breaking up with a possessive boyfriend and first jousts with Charlie, then falls for him.As the police investigation intensifies, Charlie also hews to old fashioned detection and hunches about people, in contrast to statistical patterns and the obvious, red herring suspects In the process, Harvey creates a creepily amoral killer.Harvey s dialogue, sense of place and pacing are just superb On to the next


  2. Jill Hutchinson Jill Hutchinson says:

    I have read several books in the Charlie Resnick series and have truly enjoyed them But I had never read the very first one until now It was disappointing although it may have been because as the series progressed, the major characters were fully developed and Harvey s writing improved There is a lot going on in this story which should have made it a good read but it just didn t come together The premise was good.lonely women writing to the personal column in the local newspaper and en I have read several books in the Charlie Resnick series and have truly enjoyed them But I had never read the very first one until now It was disappointing although it may have been because as the series progressed, the major characters were fully developed and Harvey s writing improved There is a lot going on in this story which should have made it a good read but it just didn t come together The premise was good.lonely women writing to the personal column in the local newspaper and ending up murderedbut there didn t seem to be any cohesion to the narrative It wandered along until the rather ambiguous ending and that was it Certainly not one of Harvey s best by any means but I guess it was good enough to give birth to what is now a successful series


  3. Glen Glen says:

    Dreary British police procedural.A woman is murdered, and the police assume it a domestic violence type of deal Then a similar murder happens There s a lonely hearts murder on the loose.This series gets a lot of positive reviews, but apparently it s just not for me.


  4. Guy Guy says:

    Got to beto life than sex and violence, hasn t there Lonely Hearts, from British author John Harvey, is the first novel in the long running Charlie Resnick series With interesting characters, the book is a good beginning, and the emphasis is on a handful of Nottingham based police detectives who work for Resnick These detectives have an array of personal problems which become glaringly apparent as Resnick s team try to solve the vicious murder of a young woman PC Patel is making routiGot to beto life than sex and violence, hasn t there Lonely Hearts, from British author John Harvey, is the first novel in the long running Charlie Resnick series With interesting characters, the book is a good beginning, and the emphasis is on a handful of Nottingham based police detectives who work for Resnick These detectives have an array of personal problems which become glaringly apparent as Resnick s team try to solve the vicious murder of a young woman PC Patel is making routine inquiries regarding another crime in a neighborhood when a vague suspicion sends him into a house where he discovers the body of Shirley Peters, strangled with her own scarf At first, the murder seems like a nice, tidyopen and sodding shut case Shirley s ex boyfriend is violent and jealous, and he has a history of stalking Shirley But then a second murder occurs evenviolent than the first, and a forensic match tells Resnick that the two women were murdered by the same man A little digging uncovers the clue that both women advertised in the lonely hearts column of the local paper, and Resnick suspects that the killer selected his victims from these encounters The second victim even kept a pile of letters from the men she met 43 letters total Resnick s case isn t easy One of the women met a man a week So Resnick s team painstakingly tracks down the many men who answered ads placed by the two victims.Against the backdrop of the murders of these two lonely women, John Harvey creates Resnick, a man who understands loneliness he s divorced, middle aged and lives with four cats for company While he s a good detective, he neglects himself, so he often turns up in rumpled clothing, and at one point has a food stained tie Resnick s neglect of himself is becoming so obvious that he s beginning to generate comments Resnick, deep in middle age, has neglected his body, and since he eats badly he eats heavy meals irregularly , he s beginning to turn to fat Resnick is every bit as lonely as the dead women who placed the ads.Another theme of the novel is abusive relationships, and there s certainlythan one of those here Resnick is scheduled to appear and testify in a sickening child abuse case, and it s a situation in which he finds himself considering how the law doesn t equal justice He meets and becomes attracted to Rachel, a social worker, whose relationship with her live in boyfriend is going south Lonely Hearts shows how relationships that go wrong can so easily flip into violent abuse when one partner refuses to accept that it s over But even the non abusive relationships in the novel seem to be examples of people settling for another person who s littlethan a warm body anything except be alone So on one hand, we see characters who are seeking love, companionship and sex, and on the other hand we have characters who have partners who occupy a space in their lives but littleMany of the couples seem to be together out of habit and are so plagued with inertia, they lack the energy to leave.The ending of the novel was too Hollywood sensationalistic read unrealistic for my tastes, and Rachel was a rather annoying character The best part of the novel for this reader, and it certainly promisesfor the series, are the interesting characters surrounding Resnick there s Divine, an old school sexist detective who harasses his married partner, Kevin Naylor Kevin Naylor is distracted by the sudden overwhelming requirements of married life and its endless demands He feels somewhat disoriented by the sudden new path his life has taken as if he took the wrong escalator and can t get off In many ways Naylor, who keeps his problems to himself, envies womanizer DivineWhy couldn t he be like Divine The world divided into three equal parts you drank it, fly tackled it, or got your leg over it. Of course, men like the crass Divine want men like Naylor to envy them Then there s Lynn Kellogg, a young policewoman from Norfolk whose instincts indicate that she s going to have a stellar career There s some unspoken antagonism between Lynn and Divine, and there s a question about who ripped off Divine s beloved girlie posters off the wall Resnick is considering reshuffling partners as the story plays out, and that should make for some intriguing sequels Lynn, in many ways, is a female Resnick her energy and her passion centre on her career, and she s just one of the characters who evaluates a tepid relationship.This has been made into a TV film with the excellent Tom Wilkinson as Resnick.Review copy


  5. Bonnie Bonnie says:

    I randonly picked up the eight in this series and liked it so much I went back to the first Chrlie Resnick Mystery Set in a CID headquarters in England s Midlands, this first novel introduces Charley Resnick forty, a little overweight, underexercised, divorced with four cats He loves food and American jazz and is the only child of Polish immigrants His first case involves two women murdered by someone and the only connectuion between the two is they placed ads in the newpapers in a loney hear I randonly picked up the eight in this series and liked it so much I went back to the first Chrlie Resnick Mystery Set in a CID headquarters in England s Midlands, this first novel introduces Charley Resnick forty, a little overweight, underexercised, divorced with four cats He loves food and American jazz and is the only child of Polish immigrants His first case involves two women murdered by someone and the only connectuion between the two is they placed ads in the newpapers in a loney hearts section Charlie is an endearing character who loves his job and is compassionate and smart Charlie meets Rachel who works for social services while testifying against a father accused of molesting his seven year old daughter The have immediate chemistry and their relationship grows during his search for the killer of the two women Much detail is spent on the machinations of police procedures Ready for the next Charlie detective novel


  6. Chana Chana says:

    Is this a serial killer mystery I couldn t tell you Who killed Shirley Peters I don t know Who killed Mary Sheppard I don t know Did the same person kill them both Was it the college professor with the scarf in the living room Uh, could be Was it the mentally deficient guy with something heavy enough to crush a woman s skull in the back garden Doesn t that seem unlikely Well justice isn t necessarily about truth What does child abuse have to do with it What does a young woman, very Is this a serial killer mystery I couldn t tell you Who killed Shirley Peters I don t know Who killed Mary Sheppard I don t know Did the same person kill them both Was it the college professor with the scarf in the living room Uh, could be Was it the mentally deficient guy with something heavy enough to crush a woman s skull in the back garden Doesn t that seem unlikely Well justice isn t necessarily about truth What does child abuse have to do with it What does a young woman, very unlike the other victims, who gets put into critical condition have to do with it At least she tells us who hurt her Although the person who hurt her is evidently wanting to be hurting someone else so why doesn t he Is he punishing the first woman or just practicing for his next intended victim Why is there no similarity in the crimes if the same person is responsible for all the crimes Is the clue in academic theories What was in the way of the door in the final scene Beats me, and why don t I know Because it is never explained or because I am just a dense reader The only character who is likeable is Charlie Resnick, he reminded me of Swedish detective Kurt Wallender Actually detective Lynn Kellog is also likeable but we don t spend a lot of time with her Patel was OK but we see him even less than Lynn This story is Incredibly Inconsistent And Horribly Unhappy Hated Rachel, everyone else is looking for love, she is throwing it away And by the way, who wrote the Lonely Hearts Ad for Rachel Was it Rachel Nothing made sense The author is not without talent and he had the potential for a good book here, but like Rachel throwing away love, the author throws all the potential for a good book away Too bad I think I will go read other readers reviews and see if I can get a clue as to what actually happened in this book.I think this book spawned a migraine in my poor head but after reading other reviews I ve decided to accept the one serial killer premise here, unlikely as I find it But that ending I don t think so.The symbolism, the room Charlie kept making up as a nursery, just too much I couldn t take it


  7. Colin Mitchell Colin Mitchell says:

    An enjoyable read Plot not too obvious Good trail of evidence to follow The first of the Resnick series and one that I will follow again A good detective novel.


  8. Ian Mapp Ian Mapp says:

    Staring at the beginning of Harvey s crime career, having read the Elder ones.I have to say this is plodding and rather poor Nothing much happens, little character development and no red herrings or twists.Its like a boring few days at work for resnick.He investigates the murder of a two women in sex attacks Both have advertised in the lonely hearts column and are attacked by the only credible suspect a local professor who bizarrely seems to kill himself when he attacks Resnicks would be squ Staring at the beginning of Harvey s crime career, having read the Elder ones.I have to say this is plodding and rather poor Nothing much happens, little character development and no red herrings or twists.Its like a boring few days at work for resnick.He investigates the murder of a two women in sex attacks Both have advertised in the lonely hearts column and are attacked by the only credible suspect a local professor who bizarrely seems to kill himself when he attacks Resnicks would be squeeze local social worker Rachel.Some nice black humour and a very downbeat feel to things but it was just not engaging enough for


  9. Jo Jo says:

    I found this very slow going with the action mainly happening in the last five pages I found the way the author jumped from character to character was confusing together with his habit of listing the dialogue with no indication of who was speaking The book is also showing its age as it was written in the 1980s in the days before mobile phones and internet It is like stepping back in time Nevertheless the main character was interesting and I shall probably continue with the series although I I found this very slow going with the action mainly happening in the last five pages I found the way the author jumped from character to character was confusing together with his habit of listing the dialogue with no indication of who was speaking The book is also showing its age as it was written in the 1980s in the days before mobile phones and internet It is like stepping back in time Nevertheless the main character was interesting and I shall probably continue with the series although I m glad I borrowed it from the library rather than purchasing it


  10. Nancy Ellis Nancy Ellis says:

    I know this series has gotten lots of rave reviews, but it s just not my cup of tea Charlie Resnick is a detective in Nottingham, not a very happy man, aging, divorced, etc., with his cats his only redeeming feature I found the book to be grim and depressing and couldn t force myself to care about any of the characters I doubt I ll read any , but you never know.


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