Synopses & Reviews
After a gang shooting involving an undercover police officer, Colin Harpur and his boss Assistant Chief Constable Desmond Iles are called to another Force's ground to investigate what the Home Office see as spectacular failings. Harpur can imagine the pressure the officer would have been under. If a gang decided to kill, a spy would have to go along with it. But with careers of fellow officers - who might be in secret, dangerous alliance with villains - at risk, Harpur knows that he and Iles have an exceptionally tough inquiry ahead.
" James is one of Britain's best and most creative crime-fiction writers, and his gripping, deftly written, darkly funny Harpur and Iles series demands space in all mystery collections" Booklist Starred Review
"Nobody demonstrates the similarity between criminal reasoning and cop reasoning better than James" Kirkus Reviews
"Dyspeptic rants from Iles and Harpur's barely veiled retorts can't conceal that they approach the case with their usual insight and thoroughness" Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Bill James has been called "the Elmore Leonard of Britain's underworld" (Kirkus Reviews) and has been named a "Master of Crime" in a mystery roundup by the London Sunday Times, which said, "There is nothing else quite like this series of police procedurals. James is concerned with the dilemmas and difficulties of policing Britain's inner cities, and he addresses these in hard-edged narratives that leave readers gasping and flinching, praying the people in these stories never come to live in their streets." In addition to the Harpur and Iles series, James is the author of other mystery series and a book on Anthony Powell. He lives in Wales.