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CLOSE by Bill James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2017

"The often amusing, infallibly precious dialogue and self-reflexive asides will remind many readers of that other James, the one who wrote The Awkward Age, The Sacred Fount, and What Maisie Knew, without introducing a single homicide to trouble the waters."
The most willfully playful installment yet in James' increasingly playful saga of Harpur and Iles. Read full book review >

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PROTECTION by Bill James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 28, 1992

"Plus: a clever, if gloomy, spin on protecting one's mates."
Detective Superintendent Colin Harpur (Halo Parade, The Lolita Man, etc.) is again enmeshed in departmental politics: this time out, he discovers that if he wants to protect one of his snitches- -as well as a just-retired on-the-take pal from the force—he may have to endanger the life of gangster ``Tenderness'' Mellick's slow-witted young son, who was kidnapped by rival gang members. Read full book review >

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UNDERCOVER by Bill James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Nobody demonstrates the similarity between criminal reasoning and cop reasoning better than James (Vacuum, 2011, etc.)."
The 29th appearance of Harpur and Iles, Britain's most irresistible duo since crumpets were first paired with tea. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Another home run from baseball's most interesting iconoclast, guaranteed to fuel the kind of good-natured arguments that make baseball our most intellectually provocative sport."
Baseball maven James (The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, 1986) offers a witty, contentious examination of the Hall of Fame, covering its history and politics with typically incisive and outspoken commentary on who is in the Hall and who should be. Read full book review >

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PAY DAYS by Bill James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"You'll need a scorecard to tally up the changing alliances—and you'll need to keep your head down to avoid the ubiquitous bullet."
The Elmore Leonard of Britain's underworld has himself a doozy of a plot this time. 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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TAKE by Bill James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1994

"Brrr."
It's getting so you can't tell James's cops from his robbers without a scorecard. 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 >

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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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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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NON-FICTION
Released: May 3, 2011

"Certain to engender controversy in the law-enforcement realm, as James has previously done in the world of baseball, where his seemingly revolutionary notions are now accepted by some members of the establishment."
An offbeat, sweeping examination of true crime in America (and occasionally other nations). 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 >