Search Results: "Bill James"


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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 >

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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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LOVELY MOVER by Bill James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1999

"Only the full series can do that."
When she seems to be looking toward an alternative supplier from London, Keith Vine regretfully murders Eleri Vaughan, the aging drug pusher he's got working aboard a ship-turned-restaurant, but then he insists on doing his level best for her corpse. Read full book review >

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SNATCHED by Bill James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2014

"Guaranteed to satisfy all your most mean-spirited fantasies about the gatekeepers of high culture, whose appetites turn out to be as primitive as those of the lowlifes in James' noir procedurals about Harper and Iles (Vacuum, 2011, etc.)."
The theft of four priceless paintings—or are they really priceless?—threatens to expose all manner of malfeasance in a brutish British museum. 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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NOOSE by Bill James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"The unusual plot thickens and darkens but never comes to a full head of steam."
The creator of Harpur and Iles (Play Dead, 2013, etc.) uses the attempted 1956 suicide of a British starlet to unleash a flood of baleful memories for the journalist tasked with writing an article about her. Read full book review >

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LETTERS FROM CARTHAGE by Bill James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2007

A dark salute to the dying art of letter-writing. Read full book review >

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WORLD WAR TWO WILL NOT TAKE PLACE by Bill James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2011

"James, who can out-mean the noir-est of the bunch (the Harpur & Iles series), turns puckish here. He has a field day with the psychology of spycraft, from refusing to give a direct answer to a simple question to tailing one's shadow to turning second-guessing into an art form."
King Edward VIII invites Hitler to Britain. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 19, 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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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 >