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Easy Streets (Harpur & Iles #21)

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For years Colin Harpur's dubious boss, Assistant Chief Constable Desmond Iles, ran a questionable but practical arrangement with Mansel Shale and Panicking Ralph Ember, owner of the Monty Club: Iles would protect their businesses if they ensured peace on the streets. But the arrangement fails when violence erupts.

After a small-time criminal's house is firebombed, leaving t
Paperback, 191 pages
Published July 17th 2006 by Countryman Press (first published October 28th 2004)
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Harpur and Iles are great characters and their counterparts on the criminal side are just as interesting which is why I always enjoy the books in this series even though nothing much ever happens plot wise.
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
EASY STREET. (2004). Bill James. **.
This novel by James was the latest installment in his Harpur and Iles mysteries. It is as unlike his previous works as you can get and still be part of the series. The first third of the book drops the reader into the middle of a series of schemes by the criminal bosses where they are trying to come up with ideas with how to maintain (or increase) their income from drug trafficking. They have a variety of ideas of how to do that, but many of them have been tri
Apr 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
The cover of this book calls it "A Harpur & Iles Mystery", which must be one of the most remarkable pieces of copywriting idiocy ever to appear. It is, for a start, not a mystery.

What is this book exactly? It's a crime novel, and it has cops in it called Harpur and Iles. But it's not in any real sense a mimetic novel. Instead, it's a sort of extraordinarily mannered semi-comedy of manners, semi-Jacobean tragedy. In an unnamed British city, the controllers of the drug trade are trying to ada
Jun 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
If I want to read this sort of morally ambiguous cops and robbers scenario, I'll go back to Dalziel and Pascoe.

I could see, as I went on, why people enjoy it. It's like a train wreck, reading Isles. Honestly, he's terrible, but in an entertaining way. BUT, the pages and pages from the bad guys' point of view, written in vernacular, were hard for me to get through, and in the end I think - yeah, I'm pretty sure nothing actually seemed to have happened. People got killed... but I have no idea what
Rob Kitchin
Jul 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Easy Streets is the twenty first tale in the Harpur and Iles series. It’s the first one I’ve read and I’m not sure it was the ideal introduction. The start felt like joining an on-going conversation and it took a little time to work my way into the story. In fact, the whole tale felt like an episode of a long running television show; more a snapshot into a much longer narrative than a fully-formed, self-contained story. The tale is told from a handful of perspectives: that of the shady, seedy co ...more
Oct 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, mystery
Not quite the crackle of other Harpur & Iles selections. I love how the style changes depending upon the character - Ralph, Mansel, Harpur, Iles. Harpur's daughters didn't play as large a role here and Denise was nearly non-existent. James seems to be struggling with where to take the series without the presence of ex-chief Lane.
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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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