Lovely Mover (Vol. Book 16) (Harpur & Iles Mysteries (Paperback))

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Rivals ACC Desmond Iles and DCI Colin Harpur are confronted with a murder that threatens to tip the dangerous balance among the drug barons‹and the police.

It was tragic. There was no other word for it. Eleri ap Vaughan, sixty years old and still Keith Vine's best dealer, had turned for her supplies to other drug wholesalers: she had to die. For the threat of invasion by rival syndicates from other cities cannot be ignored, particularly as rumors reach Keith that an elegantly dressed spy from London, nicknamed Lovely Mover, is in the area. Eleri's death must serve as a warning to others to stay loyal. It's at times like these that Vine's new partner, Detective Chief Inspector Colin Harpur, will prove invaluable ― for example, in sweeping the murder scene for incriminating evidence. Harpur, however, is playing a dangerous undercover game, and he now finds himself in the precarious position of both covering up a murder and investigating it. Only one person suspects what Harpur is up to ― his sneering superior, ACC Desmond Iles. And Iles is not always someone he dares trust. "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." ― John Harvey, "The Crime Writer's Crime Writer," Guardian

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About the Author:

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.

From Kirkus Reviews:

When she seems to be looking toward an alternative supplier from London, Keith Vine regretfully murders Eleri Vaughan, the aging drug pusher he's got working aboard a ship-turned-restaurant, but then he insists on doing his level best for her corpse. Eleri's exequies at the hands of caring Keith and Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur, whom he's recently put on his payroll, are a perfect introduction, for readers who missed the earlier installments (Top Banana, p. 27, etc.) to this dark soap opera of crooked cops and self-respecting crooks. Keith just wants Harpur to hold his hand as he fights off the London source dubbed Lovely Mover; club owner Panicking Ralph Ember, worried about his own future in these uncertain times, just wants some security for the bond Keith's asking him to float to underwrite a proper house for Keith, his love interest Becky, and their son Charles; Harpur, whose undercover assignment seems to be secret only to Chief Constable Mark Lane, just wants to get the goods on Keith's own suppliers without getting his own hands too dirty. The characters waste scarcely a syllable in clarifying the tangled plot, but they stand always ready to expatiate hilariously on the decline of personal loyalty, the value of classical literature in translation, and of course those questions of funeral etiquette. James has perfected a style of ironic blather that makes nearly every scene a classic, though the resolution of Keith's problems doesn't do justice to James's central conceit. Only the full series can do that. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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