As rival gangs battle for supremacy, DCS Colin Harpur and Assistant Chief Constable Desmond Iles struggle to set some limits on the brutality. Iles has been using the "blind eye" approach in exchange for peace on the streets. But that's about to change.
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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.Review:
"- 'Bill James is frontrunner among those who have turned the police procedural on its head. His prime law-enforcers have a wicked style all of their own.' - The Sunday Times - 'This author has a distinctive style, writes beautiful prose and insists the reader makes an effort (which will be rewarded). The suspense is almost unbearable, the latent truth uncomfortable and the result haunting.' - Frances Fyfield - 'British mystery writing's finest prose sylist writes with such verve and originality he transcends what can often be a stale mystery sub-genre to produce novels that are startlingly, achingly funny and sometimes wholly surreal.' - Peter Gutteridge, The Independent - 'One of the kings of the dark hill.' - Val McDermid
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