Nominated for England's Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award in 1986, You'd Better Believe It introduced Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur to reader in England and the United States. Harpur's domain is a small seaport city south of London. It's not unusual for the big-town criminals to consider such a spot as easy prey. At such times a policeman must rely keenly upon his colleagues, to be sure, and also upon his retinue of narks (tipsters). This time it's a Lloyd's Bank branch that's the target. When the heist is postponed, a policeman is killed. One nark, then another, is murdered. As Harpur becomes driven to his limit, he must bypass regulations and settle things once and for all with a vicious crook named Holly. But not necessarily on his own terms.
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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. HeReview:
A most promising debut...The toughest and most realistic language I have encountered in British mystery. -- I>Drood Review of Mystery
The reader watches Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur in a small seaside town outside London put together a team of police, on a tip from a snitch, to capture bank robbers planning a heist at a Lloyd's bank branch. There is one failed attempt to catchthe bank robbers prior to the actual, aborted bank robbery where the head of the heist gets away. The novel develops logically, and, the reader gets a glimpse into the life; of a small town police detective. The author, Bill James, a pseudonym for James Tucker, portrays a fair share of violence and the seedy side of life near London. Strong dialogue adds to good interaction among the main characters: Barton, the chief of the police department, who wants to retire with a clean slate; Lamb, the snitch or tipster who aids and abets Harpur; Avery, a young ambitious cop who gets killed because he's overly ambitious; Ruth Avery, his wife, who Harpur tries to seduce; and Holly, the antagonist. The strength of the book is its strong character development and diverse subplots. If there is a weakness, it's the use of English slang without a glossary. Without an English dictionary, or personal guide, to help with the meaning of words such as nark (tipster/snitch), grasser (snitch), nick (someone who has been arrested or "pinched"), and wanker (asshole), the reader can miss key elements of the story line and insight into the interaction between the characters. -- From Independent Publisher
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Descrizione libro Foul Play Press, 1991. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0881501972
Descrizione libro Foul Play Press, 1991. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0881501972
Descrizione libro Foul Play Press, 1991. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110881501972