Gospel (Harpur & Iles Mysteries)

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9780881503838: Gospel (Harpur & Iles Mysteries)

Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur is a shrewd observer of the greed, pride, and lust that motivate the criminals he pursues - and sometimes the cops he works with, too. His own vulnerable spot is occupied right now by a pretty and endearing college student with whom he is spending very pleasant afternoons. But when Denise drifts into the social circle of Jack Lamb, Harpur's wealthy and powerful underworld informant, and one of the crooks the police are pursuing is shot to death during a robbery, Denise suddenly becomes the pawn in a frightening game of revenge. With a cast including the cowardly and scheming Ralph Ember (a would-be pillar of the community) and the pompous, often cuckolded Assistant Chief Constable Desmond Iles, Gospel is a suspenseful, mordantly humorous story of driving ambitions on opposite sides of the law.

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At nineteen years old, Colin Harpur's girlfriend Denise Prior knows little about criminals, and even less about the law. When Denise drifts into the social circle of Harpur's number-one informant Jack Lamb, and one of the criminals is shot to death during a robbery, Denise's life is suddenly in danger and Harpur must solve a new crime -- before it happens.

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Nobody walks the thin line between cops and crooks better than Bill James, and his new book about randy British policeman Colin Harpur is one of the best in this beautifully written series. Jack Lamb, the wealthy art dealer who has given Harpur tips on upcoming crimes in previous stories, provides one here that results in the death of a particularly stupid robber. When the dead man's father vows revenge on both Lamb and Harpur, it sets off a series of public and private explosions that James relates with wonderfully understated excitement. Previous Harpur books in paperback include Astride a Grave, Club, and You'd Better Believe It.

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