The Girl with the Long Back

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - Fiction - 239 pages
2 Reviews
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.
  

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The girl with the long back

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Because of the impending transfer of the chief of police, London's underworld big shots are getting nervous about stricter enforcement. Tension, violence, and murder, therefore, underscore detectives Harpur and Iles's procedural activities. Buy for demand. ... Read full review

Review: The Girl with the Long Back (Harpur & Iles #20)

User Review  - Mgipple - Goodreads

Several of the books from this series just appeared in my room so I am reading them. They are just stories about this detective in a town in England. Not incredible, but not bad. Good dialog. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
34
Section 3
50
Section 4
69
Section 5
82
Section 6
113
Section 7
138
Section 8
160
Section 9
180
Section 10
208
Section 11
229
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About the author (2004)

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.

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