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Wolves of Memory: A Harpur & Iles Mystery
 
 
Author
Bill James.
Publisher Countryman  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
ISBN 9780881507812
Pages/Publication Date 240/2007
Daedalus Item Code 31404
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In this "savagely comic and expertly choreographed" (Guardian, London) 22nd entry in Bill James's unstoppable series, following Easy Streets, a large, carefully plotted "cash-in-transit" raid goes hopelessly awry when armed policemen intervene to seize the perpetrators. Relatives and friends of the incarcerated are convinced that detailed information was leaked by the only man to escape before the arrest. Deputy Constable Colin Harpur and Assistant Constable Desmond Iles are delegated to hiding and protecting the informant and his family, and they end up sparring at the very precipice of morality. In Bill James's series of terse, crackling, darkly hilarious British police procedurals, as much trouble comes from the rivalries within and between police departments—and from the officers' sexual liaisons—as from the cases themselves. Cynical and dogged, Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur often finds himself at odds with his nominal supervisor, the brilliant, ambitious, and half-mad Assistant Chief Constable Desmond Iles.

"James is a grand-master crime writer and deserves high kudos for his Harpur & Iles series, which stands, with Ian Rankin's Rebus series and John Harvey's Charlie Resnick novels, at the very apex of the British police-procedural mountain. Filled with savagely biting humor, caustic repartee, and an unsettling sense of foreboding, James' latest entry will have readers shivering with horror while simultaneously laughing like loons at the spiteful verbal jousting between tastefully garbed, acid-tongued ACC Desmond Iles and his Oxfam-suited, insult-hurling sidekick, Colin Harpur.... Master criminal Ian Ballion has committed the crème de la crime by grassing on his partners, becoming what's known in policing terms as a Covert Human Intelligence Source. To protect Ballion from violent retribution—he has, after all, finked on members of London's top organized-crime family—he and his family are being 'clandestinely resettled' on Harpur and Iles' patch.... As Harpur and Iles trade insults as nasty as pepper spray, the hint of menace grows into a high velocity, kick-in-the-teeth ending that reconfirms the exceedingly fine line between good and evil."—Booklist (starred review)

 
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