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James, Bill 1929-

Works: 77 works in 378 publications in 1 language and 24,931 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery stories  Suspense fiction  Epistolary fiction  Detective and mystery stories, English 
Classifications: PR6070.U23, 823.914
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Publications about Bill James
Publications by Bill James
Most widely held works by Bill James
Wolves of memory by Bill James( Book )
12 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 1,050 libraries worldwide
"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 information -- the date, the time -- was leaked by the only man to escape before his arrest. Deputy Constable Colin Harpur and Assistant Constable Desmond Iles are delegated the job of hiding and and protecting the informant and his family. With an unruly informant - whose reckless behavior serves to aid an angry mob - on their hands, Harper and Iles find themselves faced with their toughest assignment to date - one that is only resolved in the most brutal and astonishing turnaround that the deputy constable and assistant constable have ever seen" -- Inside cover
Top banana by Bill James( Book )
20 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and held by 1,028 libraries worldwide
In Britain, superintendent Colin Harpur and his colleagues debate the pros and cons of making a deal with drug dealers to stop the rising violence. The latest victim is a 13-year-old girl who worked as a drug courier. By the author of Roses, Roses
Easy streets by Bill James( Book )
13 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 952 libraries worldwide
Detective Chief Superintendent Harpur intervenes when an unsteady peace between cops and criminals breaks into chaos after a small-time criminal's house is firebombed leaving him and his daughter dead
Pay days by Bill James( Book )
17 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 826 libraries worldwide
"Detective 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." -- Jacket
Full of money by Bill James( Book )
7 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 822 libraries worldwide
Part social satire, part police procedural, Bill James returns with the stunning prequel to Tip Top - In the drug-ridden Whitsun and Temperate housing estates a connection, once made, is only ever one thing: trouble. Trouble for the journalist whose investigation into the estates leads to his murder; trouble for policewoman Esther Davidson, whose job it is to arrest the killer; and trouble for TV producer Larry Edgehill, who becomes more involved with a Romeo and Juliet-esque cross-estate romance than he ever would have wanted
The girl with the long back by Bill James( Book )
15 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 786 libraries worldwide
HARPUR AND ILES are back on the scene, and this time the danger is even closer to home. With the rumored transfer of Chief of Police Mark Lane, London's competitive drug lords are on edge. In the past, Desmond Iles has managed to maintain the peace on the streets in an old-fashioned system of give a little, take a little. But with a dangerous mix of greed and fear, the looming threat of a stricter police force, and three sudden deaths, all sides are preparing themselves for a full-scale battle of the ugliest kind. A deliciously witty addition to a classic series, The Girl with the Long Back heightens the urgency and pace of the tantalizing London underworld in which cops and criminals, and all of their clever asides, are sketched in fantastic detail
Lovely mover by Bill James( Book )
14 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 742 libraries worldwide
Superintendent Harpur goes undercover to bust a ring of British drug dealers. A dangerous assignment as the drug dealer for whom Harpur is working just murdered someone who double-crossed him
Letters from Carthage by Bill James( Book )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 722 libraries worldwide
Moving from the city to the suburbs, Vince and Kate become enamored with their neighbors, Jill and Dennis Seagrave, but slowly begin to realize that their new friends may be harboring some dark secrets
Eton crop by Bill James( Book )
9 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 712 libraries worldwide
A policewoman is sent undercover as part of an operation to destroy the power of drug dealers in London. But things go wrong and Inspectors Harpur and Iles race to get her out alive. By the author of Lovely Mover
World War Two will not take place by Bill James( Book )
7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 704 libraries worldwide
Set during an alternative version of 1938 with Bill James' trademark satirical take on events -- England,1938. War looms, but the Prime minister's talks with Hitler in Munich seem to result in a pact of peace. Now Mount, a secret service officer, is sent on an undercover mission to Berlin. But with all this talk of peace he starts to wonder whether his mission has any point. All until a meeting with Toumlin and two good-time girls from the local bar results in a broken chair. Could this chair have been not only the key to his mission but also the key to peace?
Gospel by Bill James( Book )
10 editions published between 1992 and 1998 in English and held by 702 libraries worldwide
A murder mystery which analyzes the relationship between policemen and their informers. It is set in England and features Detective Harper who thwarts an armed robbery thanks to a tip from a "grass." By the author of Astride the Grave
Naked at the window by Bill James( Book )
7 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 698 libraries worldwide
"When drug dealer Ralph Ember and his sidekick Beau Derek arrive at the house of their bulk supplier, yachtsman Barney Cross, they unwittingly stumble onto the scene of a violent crime; Barney and his women have been savagely murdered by three London drug rivals. Beau dies a quick and merciless death at the hands of these brutal killers, and Ember, although he is let go, is a marked man for having witnessed this gruesome, morbid scene at the yachtsman's house." -- Jacket
Vacuum by Bill James( Book )
6 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 696 libraries worldwide
When a drug kingpin gives up his evil ways, he leaves his empire open for takeover. Harpur and Iles try to prevent a bloody war as other firms fight to fill the vacuum
Undercover : a Harpur & Iles mystery by Bill James( Book )
10 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 648 libraries worldwide
Colin Harpur and his boss Assistant Chief Constable Desmond Iles are called in to investigate what went wrong with an investigation that resulted in a gang shooting involving an undercover police officer
Roses, roses by Bill James( Book )
9 editions published between 1993 and 1999 in English and held by 648 libraries worldwide
British police inspector Colin Harpur investigates the murder of his wife, Megan, who was stabbed while returning home from her lover. She intended to leave Harpur and their two daughters because of his philandering
Play dead by Bill James( Book )
4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 644 libraries worldwide
Following a deep investigation into an incident in another Force, Colin Harpur and his boss, Assistant Chief Constable Desmond Iles, uncovered an unpalatable truth: there is corruption in the ranks. Corruption which led to murder
Off-street parking by Bill James( Book )
5 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 628 libraries worldwide
Detective Constable Sharon Mayfield is on routine surveillance when she spots a dead man in a car outside a house. The locks have been sealed with Super Glue and Claude Huddart's face has been mutilated. As with most murders, there's a jigsaw puzzle to be solved. But here the pieces don't fit. Why is an informant, Jeremy Dince, being so helpful? And there's something that doesn't feel right about the grieving Alice Huddart. The pubs and clubs remain the best potential source of information and it is here where an aged Ronald Blenny attempts to pick Sharon up on the pretext of sharing some information about the killing. There's also the younger, and more sinister Philip Otton, acquaintance of the bereaved Alice, and known to both Blenny and Dince. Sharon cannot fathom why she is being warned off and cannot work out the connection between the protagonists. The climax is swift, shocking and unexpected
Girls by Bill James( Book )
7 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 626 libraries worldwide
For years Panicking Ralph Ember and Mansel Shale have run profitable drugs empires in peaceful cooperation with each other, and ACC Iles will blind-eye their trade as long as it keeps violence off the streets. But this happy arrangement is threatened by foreign dealers moving in and offering not just drugs, but punters -- exploited girls from Eastern Europe. And bloody gang warfare threatens as a scrabble for territory ensues
Pix by Bill James( Book )
7 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 603 libraries worldwide
Detective Chief Superintendent Harpur and Assistant Chief Constable Iles try to prevent their jurisdiction from collapsing amidst escalating drug violence, a score of missing paintings, and a upper-class murder, all of which may be related
Noose by Bill James( Book )
8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 602 libraries worldwide
A journalist in 1956 Britain takes on the story of a young actress' suicide attempt, only to find she might be his sister
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