Pay Days by Bill James
A Harpur & Iles Mystery

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A tale of fear, greed, and murder by "one of the kings of the dark hill" (Val McDermid).

Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur and his brilliant, amoral superior ACC Desmond Iles face a dilemma that's both political and personal when they suspect a police officer of taking bribes from underworld criminals Panicking Ralph Ember and Top Banana Mansel Shale. Is Nivette doing some unauthorized undercover work—as Harpur himself often does—or is he really bent? It's a question of intense interest not only to Harpur and Iles but also to Ember and Shale, and searching for the answer entails several break-ins to Nivette's house to look for, take, or plant the evidence.

Meanwhile, the body of a pusher, Victor Goussard ("Slow Victor"), is found trussed up on a deserted boat in the city harbor—and then it disappears. His lover frantically, unwisely, starts to ask questions down at the docks; a snoopy television reporter sees a breaking story; and Ember, terrified of exposure, plots the murder of a man who knows too much. Harpur is fast on the trail to make the connections and prevent another crime, but it's a race against time—and treachery.

About Bill James

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Bill James lives in Wales.
Published September 1, 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Everything comes apart in James's (Panicking Ralph) latest entry in the British procedural series, balanced, as usual, on the policing efforts of Assistant Chief Constable Desmond Iles and Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur on the one hand and the criminal détente between Panicking Ralph...

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