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In the Absence of Iles: A Harpur & Iles Mystery
 
 
Author
Bill James.
Publisher Countryman  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780881508833
Pages/Publication Date 224/2009
Daedalus Item Code 31405
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In this 25th installment of the taut crime series, Assistant Chief Constable Desmond Iles's absence from a police undercover conference sets the stage for the moral and practical dilemmas faced by one of his colleagues, ACC Esther Davidson, as she works to bring down the largest criminal gang operating in her sector. The role of undercover agents—or "out-located" officers—is brought into sharp focus as Bill James parallels Davidson's decisions in the undercover operation with the aftermath that unfolds in court. In the Harpur & Iles 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 does 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.

"Frustrated by the failure of an extensive investigation into the affairs of a criminal gang disguised as the legal Cormax Turton Guild, Davidson decides that the only way to get the goods is to infiltrate the organization by a process known as out-location. Such complex details as choosing a police officer to go undercover, maintaining contact, and keeping a rescue team on standby alternate with scenes from a trial involving the murder of a policeman who went undercover at Cormax Turton. Asst. Chief Constable Desmond Iles, who had his own unfortunate experience with out-location in Halo Parade, serves as observer, supporter, commentator. The ethical, legal, and practical considerations of out-location get both theoretical and actual treatment with the life-or-death outcome riding on the slimmest of chances."—Publishers Weekly

 
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