Search Results: "Bill James"


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THE GIRL WITH THE LONG BACK by Bill James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2004

"A manner as stylized as Restoration comedy sacrifices momentum to ritual, making every delectable conversation a set piece worth the price of admission."
Rumors of Chief Constable Mark Lane's promotion to Inspector of Constabulary sets the stage for another round of James's patented cutthroat capitalism. Read full book review >

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NAKED AT THE WINDOW by Bill James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Endlessly cynical, yet with their own inviolate sense of integrity, Harpur & Iles are as various as Tony Soprano."
"Various" is what Assistant Chief Constable Desmond Iles says people are. Read full book review >

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VACUUM by Bill James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"A noir farce that's just as wickedly funny as most of the 27 other Harpur and Iles escapades—compelling evidence that James is long overdue for a major award."
What happens when the status quo goes belly up? Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Fans of true crime—as well as detectives in homicide bureaus—will relish this book."
A baseball detective attempts to solve a homicide cold case. Read full book review >

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ETON CROP by Bill James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Likewise, unfortunately, Harpur and Iles."
Poor Constable Naomi Anstruther. Read full book review >

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HALO PARADE by Bill James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 17, 1992

"A dark, dour study of good men with sour edges."
The third cynical police procedural featuring Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur (Lolita Man, p. 507) finds him disconsolate: his mistress, the widow of a fellow officer, has recently married another cop; and Ray Street, the young lad whom Colin sent undercover to infiltrate druglord ``You-know-who'' and his gang, is now also snorting up and recklessly endangering himself. Read full book review >

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GOSPEL by Bill James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1997

"Lamb's gospel of principles—he feeds information only where there's the risk of violence to bystanders, or where he has a personal grudge against the planners—is the perfect focus for this ninth installment in James's heartlessly funny series."
``Thou shalt not overlap'' is the unofficial commandment of the CID, but Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur (Astride a Grave, 1996, etc.), continuing to flout the rules, has fallen out of lust with Assistant Chief Constable Desmond Iles's wife Sarah only to take up with Denise Prior, a first-year university student whose friend Helen Surtees is the live-in companion to Jack Lamb, Harpur's most venerable informant. Read full book review >

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ROSES, ROSES by Bill James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Pitch-black antiheroics, even for James celebrated anti-procedural series."
Just when you think James has already cut to the core of his superbly rotten British coppers, he pares off another slice to show you the really festering mess beneath. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCIPALS by Bill James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"James can be entertaining, and he may stir warm memories of academic satires by Kingsley Amis, Mary McCarthy, or Randall Jarrell, but his effort isn't up to that pantheon."
A debate over erecting statues to honor two British university heads reveals some of the farcical ambitions, bureaucracy, and cant that are found only in academia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LOLITA MAN by Bill James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 3, 1991

"So-so plotting, but realistically drawn Harpur is Wambaugh tough, sharp, and keen."
Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur (You'd Better Believe It, 1986) searches for the rapist/killer of five young girls while he and his wife carry on separate affairs (``I hate liberated marriages,'' says one of his too-cynical daughters), and while division chiefs feud over jurisdiction, media credit, and bureaucracy perks. Read full book review >

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KILL ME by Bill James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2000

"To be read with your back firmly resting against the wall."
If Eton Crop (1999) was the slack-paced setup, this is the payoff come to a rolling boil and served up with James's strident sense of drama. Read full book review >

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ASTRIDE A GRAVE by Bill James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 10, 1996

"As in James's seven other darkly comic procedurals: so many blandly sordid revelations about the coppers, this time enlivened with much coupling in Volvos and Ember's peerlessly middle-class thuggery, that you just have to laugh."
The antic, murderous gang who took that Exeter bank for ú1.8 million (Club, 1995) are at it again. ``Caring'' Oliver Leach, the brains of the operation, is rumored to have taken off to the Continent with a good bit more than his share of the loot, so some freelancers who know about the job kidnap his daughter on spec. Read full book review >