I Am Gold (Harpur and Iles Series #27)

I Am Gold (Harpur and Iles Series #27)

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by Bill James
     
 

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The 27th installment in the popular Harpur & Iles series.
A woman and her stepson are gunned down while driving to school on a quiet residential street. An former bodyguard kills himself by firing two pistols simultaneously. Was the killer really aft er the woman’s husband, the notorious drug baron Mansel Shale? And what possible connection could

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The 27th installment in the popular Harpur & Iles series.
A woman and her stepson are gunned down while driving to school on a quiet residential street. An former bodyguard kills himself by firing two pistols simultaneously. Was the killer really aft er the woman’s husband, the notorious drug baron Mansel Shale? And what possible connection could Shale’s collection of pre-Raphaelite works of art have to the killings? Nothing in Bill James’s latest Harpur & Iles thriller is as it seems. When the police chase the shooting suspect into a busy second-hand shop the action quickly turns into a deadly cat-and-mouse standoff . As the siege unfolds, with more than just gunplay in the mix, events threaten to take down more than the gunman and his hostages. Will this spell the end of Detective Harpur and his troubled boss, Assistant Chief Constable Iles?

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Publishers Weekly
Asst. Chief Constable Desmond Iles and Det. Chief Supt. Colin Harpur remain effective colleagues, despite their bickering, in James’s solid 27th Harpur & Iles mystery set in an unnamed English seaport (after May 2011’s Hotbed). The uneasy détente between the town’s police and criminals is shattered when a gunman riddles gang leader Mansel Shale’s Jaguar, killing his wife, Naomi, and his school-age son, Laurent. Was Ralph Ember (aka Panicking Ralph), Shale’s rival, behind the attack? Will there be blood in the streets? After the gunman crashes his car, he flees on foot, seizes a hostage, and bolts into a nearby shop, where he takes several more hostages. Iles proclaims himself “Gold”—in absolute charge of the hostage situation—though Harpur has his own idea of how it should be handled. In flashbacks, James adds another colorful piece to his serial crime saga by describing the meeting and wooing of Shale and Naomi. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881509519
Publisher:
Countryman Press, The
Publication date:
12/05/2011
Series:
Harpur and Iles Series, #27
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet 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.

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I Am Gold (Harpur and Iles Series #27) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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RAH_fan More than 1 year ago
James nails this one. It is a home run. You feel for the all the charaters in the book. The struggle to grieve while maintaining a criminal enterpirse.