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The Girl with the Long Back: A Harpur & Iles Mysteryby Bill James
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Harpur and Iles are back on the scene, and this time the danger is even closer to home. With the rumored transfer of Chief of Police Mark Lane, London's competitive drug lords are on edge. In the past, Desmond Iles has managed to maintain the peace on the streets in an old-fashioned system of give a little, take a little. But with a dangerous mix of greed and fear, the looming threat of a stricter police force, and three sudden deaths, all sides are preparing themselves for a full-scale battle of the ugliest kind.
A deliciously witty addition to a classic series, The Girl with the Long Back heightens the urgency and pace of the tantalizing London underworld in which cops and criminals, and all of their clever asides, are sketched in fantastic detail.
"Great information on the how-to's of undercover police work gives this novel its pulse, while the shifting points of view, from cop to drug lord, heighten tension. As gritty as it gets." Connie Fletcher, Booklist
"A master at orchestrating chaos, James contains the paranoia through sheer force of style — an ironic idiom of elegant manners, ornate language and seething rage." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"Once again, it's James's darkly ironic writing that makes this series worth the padding and occasional plodding..." Publishers Weekly
"A manner as stylized as Restoration comedy sacrifices momentum to ritual, making every delectable conversation a set piece worth the price of admission." Kirkus Reviews
Harpur and Iles are back on the scene, and this time the danger is even closer to home. A deliciously witty addition to a classic series, The Girl with the Long Back heightens the urgency and pace of the tantalizing London underworld in which cops and criminals, and all of their clever asides, are sketched in fantastic detail.
About the Author
Bill James's highly acclaimed Harpur & Iles mystery series is published by Norton. He lives in South Wales.
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