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A new mystery featuring Detective Constable Sally Bithron The death of a police informant leads to the task least loved by any law enforcement officer—that of investigating your superiors. Sally Bithron is assigned to support Assistant Chief Constable Esther Davidson in the enquiry. And when a senior policeman apparently commits suicide, Sally and Esther have to ask some uncomfortable questions—and find that they are prevented from doing so by the powers that be.

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Overview

A new mystery featuring Detective Constable Sally Bithron The death of a police informant leads to the task least loved by any law enforcement officer—that of investigating your superiors. Sally Bithron is assigned to support Assistant Chief Constable Esther Davidson in the enquiry. And when a senior policeman apparently commits suicide, Sally and Esther have to ask some uncomfortable questions—and find that they are prevented from doing so by the powers that be.

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Publishers Weekly
British veteran Craig, better known under his real name, Bill James, has crafted a cynical but engaging look at police corruption in his second procedural featuring Det. Constable Sally Bithron of the Cardiff police force (after 2005's Hear Me Talking to You). Bithron and an eccentric superior, Assistant Chief Constable Esther Davidson, probe possible official misconduct that led to the exposure, and subsequent murder, of a snitch. As the two women interview the informant's handler, as well as others close to the dead man, they find disturbing indications that the victim may have been deliberately sacrificed by the police to protect a more significant criminal. While the subject matter is familiar ground, Craig thoroughly explores the issues raised by using crooks to catch other crooks. The two main characters are unusual enough to warrant a repeat pairing in the future. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Barely pseudonymous Bill James brings British policewoman Sally Bithron (Hear Me Talking To You, 2005, etc.) back for a mildly entertaining, mildly psychological encore. Assistant Chief Constable Esther Davidson and Bithron have been tasked with investigating another police force suspected of corruption. Both women are happy to escape their own homes and domestic quagmires and throw themselves into someone else's problems. They start with a sleazy informant who appears to have gotten rich spilling secrets about crime to the cops-until the guys on the street sniffed his treachery and killed him. One of Bithron and Davidson's biggest concerns is that someone out for yet more revenge may try to kill the dead informant's partner and son. They also desperately need to figure out if someone on the force was skimming funds from the grass. And they're going to have to do all their sleuthing without a lick of help from the hostile force they're investigating. Bithron goes undercover as a druggie, trying to chat up the local dealers, but she's not much good at it, and her interlocutors aren't that helpful. Davidson, however, is altogether more intriguing: ballsy, brassy, loyal, intriguing and intuitive. She's clearly made many sacrifices to reach her rank in a male-dominated field. Sadly, even she talks an awful lot like all the other characters here. Certain to pass the time if you're stuck in a doctor's office.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780727876805
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Series: Severn House Large Print Series
  • Edition description: Large Type
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (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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