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Girls (Harpur & Iles #23)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
For years Panicking Ralph Ember and Mansel Shale have run profitable drugs empires in peaceful cooperation with each other, and ACC Iles will blind-eye their trade as long as it keeps violence off the streets. But this happy arrangement is threatened by foreign dealers moving in and offering not just drugs, but punters—exploited girls from Eastern Europe. And bloody gang ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 17th 2007 by Countryman Press (first published November 9th 2006)
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Nov 11, 2011 Monica rated it really liked it
Manse Shale and Ralph Ember have an unspoken gentleman's agreement with ACC Desmond Iles. As long as Manse and Ralph keep violence off the streets, Iles doesn't get difficult about their drug dealing. But ambitious new dealers have moved in, selling drugs and girls in nicer neighborhoods, threatening the truce.

Although the book begins and ends with dead bodies (Manse's bodyguard found with the barrels of two Astra .38 pistols in his mouth, Ralph finding the much shot body of Adrian Cologne, one
Feb 27, 2009 Stven rated it it was ok
An interesting style of capturing conversation is not quite enough to substitute for action. I gave up at page 71 after only one thing had happened in the whole story. The characters are interesting enough, and it's cute how he's got the policeman and his two daughters lined up analogously with the crook and his two daughters. But in a story about cops and crooks, the interplay and irony of words is not enough. We need incident.
Jan 23, 2010 Herzog rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series, mystery
Quintessential Harpur & Iles. I gave it 5 stars because it revolves around Harpur, his daughters, Panicking Ralph, Manse and Iles. These are the primary characters of this series and this book focuses on them. The action is a little slow, but the dialogue, as always, is superb. I love how questions are seldom directly put, and never directly answered - hilarious! Harpur's daughters are very enjoyable characters.
Feb 22, 2009 Tom added it
I love the Harpur & Iles series, but the more recent ones have fallen off somewhat, and Girls isn't outstanding. Talky and slow-moving, although a significant late appearance by the malevolent Iles partially redeems things.
May 25, 2008 Eric rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, 2008
The whole world revolves around women, doesn't it? Or, in this case, girls. "God, though, the influence of girls!"
Jul 28, 2008 Matthew added it
Shelves: gave-up-on
It's the first book I've read in a long time without knowing anything about either the book or the author. It's decent so far, in a pulpy Layer Cake sort of way.
Feb 23, 2008 Beth666ann rated it liked it
Another fine entry in the series. Cool parallels between cops watching criminals and vice versa, and both groups being equally preoccupied with taking care of their children.
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Bill James (born 1929) is a pseudonym of James Tucker, a Welsh novelist. He also writes under his own name and the pseudonyms David Craig and Judith Jones. He was a reporter with the Daily Mirror and various other newspapers after serving with the RAF He is married, with four children, and lives in South Wales.

The bulk of his output under the Bill James pseudonym is the Harpur and Iles series. Col
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