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Noose

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Britain, 1956. A young actress seemingly tries to commit suicide over a tangled love affair, but is taken to hospital and her life saved. The story is just the sort of thing that journalist Ian Charteris likes to cover: a poignant mix of near tragedy, possible thwarted romance, and glamour, needing sensitive but – of course – dramatic treatment. It should be a routine assi ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 1st 2013 by Severn House Publishers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Col
Sep 19, 2013 Col rated it really liked it
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Britain, 1956. A young actress seemingly tries to commit suicide over a tangled love affair, but is taken to hospital and her life saved. The story is just the sort of thing that journalist Ian Charteris likes to cover: a poignant mix of near tragedy, possible thwarted romance, and glamour, needing sensitive but - of course - dramatic treatment. It should be a routine assignment, a welcome assignment. It would be, if it wasn't for the identity of the young woman. She m
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Sojourner
Nov 21, 2013 Sojourner rated it really liked it
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Noose by Bill James, a pseudonym of James Tucker, is a short and tight book that any reader can easily finish in one sitting. It is as enjoyable as any other book twice its length. It is the story of journalist Ian Charteris who is called to the hospital to cover an actress who landed there after a failed suicide. But this reluctant assignment causes an upheaval in his life as the heart-broken actress may be someone from his past.

It is an engaging read, cleverly plotted to keep the reader in the
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Monica
Dec 21, 2013 Monica rated it liked it
Glen Harper, International Noir Fiction

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What seemed to be a crime story about a journalist becomes, along the way, a wry spy story (with frequent references to espionage novels not yet written at the time of the narrative). Wry is in fact an apt description of the whole book, especially the prose style (which you'll recognize if you've read any of the Harpur & Iles books). James (not his real name, I believe, and he writes under at least one other) is a kind of P.G Wodehouse of cr
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Larry
Dec 04, 2013 Larry rated it liked it
It's not one of the Harpur/Iles books, so it doesn't have the feral quality of the long-standing series. which reduces its appeal. I miss reading about Colin Harpur's attempts to cope with his incompetent chief constable and his sociopathic immediate boss while catching criminals who aren't a great deal more daft than the police commanders.
David Marshall
Oct 05, 2013 David Marshall rated it really liked it
This is a pleasingly elegant story about the thread of history that became this man. He's the sum of the events in his childhood and early manhood. He becomes something of an enigma. Perhaps there's a slight emptiness inside him. That's why people confide in him.

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Jim P
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Interesting book.
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Jan 25, 2016 M Rothenbuhler rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the interesting and leisurely buildup to the mystery, but then the actual mystery was not mysterious at all. Did I miss something?
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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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