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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  7 reviews
When Harpur and Iles are called in to investigate an undercover investigation gone wrong, they can sense dark, hazardous times ahead . . . - 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. Harpu ...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Severn House Digital
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Martin
This is vintage Bill James (Harpur and Iles) yet fresh and lively and with the author's ability to enter the minds of his characters - both villains and police. Undercover work is an excellent topic to reveal his writing talents as he captures so many different voices whilst giving a sense of the inevitable dangers - physical and psychological - involved. There is humour in his accounts of how the crooks feel they must dress and how they choose their van title to give opportunities for spy holes ...more
Monica
Harpur and Iles are seconded to another force to investigate the murder of one of their undercover officers. Given Iles' loss of one of his own undercover men in an earlier book, this is a task that is fraught with potential conflicts. The narrative moves back and forth between the story of the undercover officer leading up to his death and the investigation following it.

As usual, James' use of language is stellar, and the characters are complex and fascinating.
Stan Lanier
Bill James's Harpur & Iles series is crime fiction's "Dance to the Music of Time." Of course, Bill James,writing under his real name, did write a full study of Anthony Powell's works. This is an engaging series, the production of which brings true reading pleasure with each additional volume. (BTW, there are now thirty volumes, best read chronologically, in my experience.)
Herzog
This is one of my favorite series and I struggled to even give it 3 stars. As usual, there was some very solid humorous dialogue between Harpur and Iles, but only a very brief cameo from Harpur's precocious daughters. The story itself was a real slog.
Rog Harrison
This story is set off Harpur and Iles' patch and involves their investigation of an undercover policeman in another area who has been killed. Bill James tells a good story and Iles is as monstrous as ever.
Steven Pilling
Bill James and his Harpur and Iles novels just pure reading pleasure.

I dont know if you could start reading Harpur and Iles this late on.

Just fantastic start at book 1 and read them all
Dancomfort
Another excellent book in the long series of Harpur and Iles stories.
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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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