Roses, Roses

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W. W. Norton & Company, Aug 1, 1999 - Fiction - 208 pages
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Megan Harpur took the train back from London to tell her husband she was leaving him for another man. By the time Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur discovered her in the station parking lot in the early hours of the morning, there was nothing anyone could do. Who had committed this savage killing? What did Megan's lover's nervous, secret activities have to do with it? The crime confronts Harpur with the most unnerving case of his career.

"Bill James's Harpur and Iles books are deliciously unsavoury: a brilliant combination of almost Jacobean savagery and sexual betrayal with a tart comedy of contemporary manners. A stylised world that is several moves from reality, and about as real as you can get." — John Harvey, "The Crime Writer's Crime Writer," Guardian "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....It's all delivered in a ferociously poetic voice that is uniquely Bill James." — The Times [London], "100 Masters of Crime"; "James makes his grimmest, most acid sortie yet into the tangled domestic and working lives of his ferocious fuzz."—John Coleman, Sunday Times [London]
  

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User Review  - pnorman4345 - LibraryThing

detectives wife killed. detective and wife are estranged. she has gone to London to meet with her lover. alternates between wife's point of view and detective short chapter to short chapter. Read full review

Review: Roses, Roses (Harpur & Iles #10)

User Review  - Ed Shreeves - Goodreads

This is one of 10-15 Harpur and Iles books I've read. I think Bill James is one of the very best writers in this genre, and am always a bit puzzled he's not better known, though he certainly has some ... Read full review

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Contents

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Section 3
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Section 4
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Section 5
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Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 23
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 13
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Section 22
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 42
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Section 43
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About the author (1999)

Bill James lives in Wales.

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