Undercover (Harpur and Iles Series #29)

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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. Harpur can imagine the pressure the officer would have been under. If a gang decided to kill, a spy would have to go along with it. But with careers of fellow officers – who might be in secret, dangerous alliance with villains – at risk, Harpur knows that he and Iles have an exceptionally...

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Overview

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. Harpur can imagine the pressure the officer would have been under. If a gang decided to kill, a spy would have to go along with it. But with careers of fellow officers – who might be in secret, dangerous alliance with villains – at risk, Harpur knows that he and Iles have an exceptionally tough inquiry ahead.

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Publishers Weekly
James’s tongue-in-cheek 30th mystery featuring Det. Chief Supt. Colin Harpur and Asst. Chief Constable Desmond Iles (after 2011’s Vacuum) takes the feuding pair to London to investigate a badly failed undercover operation conducted by another police force. Sgt. Tom Mallen, under the alias Tom Parry, infiltrated the drug-dealing gang run by Leo Percival Young with apparent success until the night he was shot and killed. Court transcripts, witness statements, detectives’ notes, and newspaper clippings punctuate the briefing Harpur and Iles receive from the Home Office’s Maud Logan Clatworthy, who Harpur suspects is one of those brilliant Oxford types Iles so resents. Young fills the role normally played by crooks and series regulars Mansel Shale and Ralph Ember. Dyspeptic rants from Iles and Harpur’s barely veiled retorts can’t conceal that they approach the case with their usual insight and thoroughness. Agent: Euan Thorneycroft, A.M. Heath. (Oct.)
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“James is one of Britain’s best and most creative crime-fiction writers, and his gripping, deftly written, darkly funny Harpur and Iles series demands space in all mystery collections.”Booklist Starred Review
Booklist Starred Review
" James is one of Britain’s best and most creative crime-fiction writers, and his gripping, deftly written, darkly funny Harpur and Iles series demands space in all mystery collections"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780290287
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Series: Harpur and Iles Series , #29
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,150,932
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Critically-acclaimed crime writer Bill James is a former journalist, and wrote for The Sunday Times, the Daily Mirror, the Spectator, the New Review and Punch. Married, with four children, he lives in Wales.

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