“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”
-Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”
-Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes
“The girl gave him a look which ought to have stuck at least four inches out of his back.”
-Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye
“The problem with putting two and two together is that sometimes you get four, and sometimes you get twenty-two.”
-Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man
“We didn't exactly believe your story, Miss O'Shaughnessy, we believed your 200 dollars. I mean, you paid us more than if you had been telling us the truth, and enough more to make it alright.”
-Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon
“I spent most of my dough on booze, broads and boats… and the rest I wasted.”
-Elmore Leonard, LaBrava
“There were not so many physical threats that could not be countered with a decent hammer.”
-Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Played With Fire
“The dead have never bothered me. It's the living that I fear.”
-Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“The hard thing about death is that nothing ever changes. The hard thing about life is that nothing stays the same.”
-Sue Grafton, J is for Judgment
“There is nothing you can do about the past except keep it there.”
-Michael Connelly, The Brass Verdict
“There is no client as scary as an innocent man.”
-Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer
“Woe to he who checkmates his opponents at last, only to discover they have been playing cribbage.”
-Jedediah Berry, The Manual of Detection
“The joke was thinking you were ever really in charge of your life. You pressed your oar down into the water to direct the canoe, but it was the current that shot you through the rapids."
-Scott Turow, Innocent
“They found out about him in July and stayed angry all through August. They tried to kill him in September."
-Lee Child, Without Fail
“Put all your eggs in one basket... the handle's going to break. Then all you've got is scrambled eggs.”
-J.D. Robb, Remember When
“It doesn't have to make sense; it just has to sound like it does.”
-Elmore Leonard, Freaky Deaky
“He was too old to be working, too young to be dead, and too broke to do anything else.”
-Chris Culver, Just Run
“Love, when you get fear in it, it's not love any more. It's hate.”
-James M. Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice
“Our words are giants when they do us an injury, and dwarfs when they do us a service.”
-Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White
“It takes far less courage to cling to the past than it does to face the future.”
-Sandra Brown, Envy
“Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.”
-Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
“If you place your head in a lion's mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.”
-Agatha Christie
“I have great faith in fools … my friends call it self-confidence.”
-Edgar Allan Poe

Harpur & Iles Mysteries

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You'd Better Believe It
Bill James

The first mystery in the popular police procedural series introduces the long-suffering ...

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The Lolita Man
Bill James

Harpur matches wits with a deadly killer: the "Lolita Man." Five teenage girls have been...

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Halo Parade
Bill James

When Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur places young policeman Ray Street undercover...

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Protection
Bill James

Underworld boss Bernie "Tenderness" Mellick is certainly paying a heavy price for maiming Ivor...

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Come Clean
Bill James

Sarah Iles's latest young lover, Ian Aston, and the seedy gangland club he frequents both...

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Take
Bill James

Ron "Planner" Preston has enjoyed a long criminal career out of jail. Caution, if anything,...

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Club
Bill James

The last thing Assistant Chief Inspector Desmond Iles expected from the police force was an...

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Astride a Grave
Bill James
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Gospel
Bill James

At nineteen years old, Colin Harpur's girlfriend Denise Prior knows little about criminals,...

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Roses, Roses
Bill James

Megan Harpur took the train back from London to tell her husband she was leaving him for...

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In Good Hands
Bill James

Fear Grips The drug underworld after two principals in the trade are murdered, and even ACC...

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The Detective is Dead
Bill James

"The detective is dead" because the old process of justice doesn't work any more. No one,...

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Top Banana
Bill James

When thirteen-year-old drug runner Mandy Walsh is killed in a shootout between rival drug...

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Lovely Mover
Bill James

Rivals ACC Desmond Iles and DCI Colin Harpur are confronted with a murder that threatens to...

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Eton Crop
Bill James

In the latest gripping Harpur & Iles mystery, the London syndicate tries to take over a...

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Kill Me
Bill James

Naomi Anstruther's undercover operation among the drug gangs, planned carefully by Detective...

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Panicking Ralph
Bill James

Ralph Ember, owner of the shady drinking club The Monty, longs to be respectable. The trouble...

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Pay Days
Bill James

Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur and his brilliant, amoral superior ACC Desmond Iles face a...

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Naked at the Window
Bill James

Big drug dealer Ralph Ember stumbles on a ghastly surprise when he and sidekick Beau Derek...

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The Girl with the Long Back
Bill James

Harpur and Iles are back on the scene, and this time the danger is even closer to home. With...

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Easy Streets
Bill James

For years Colin Harpur's dubious boss, Assistant Chief Constable Desmond Iles, ran a questiona...

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Wolves of Memory
Bill James

With an unruly informant—whose reckless behavior serves to aid an angry mob—on their hands,...

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The Sixth Man and Other Stories
Bill James

An anthology featuring previously unpublished Harpur and Iles stories. All is not well in the...

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Girls
Bill James

For years Panicking Ralph Ember and Mansel Shale have run profitable drugs empires in peaceful...

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In the Absence of Iles
Bill James

The 25th installment of the acclaimed Harpur & Iles series by mystery master Bill James. ...

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Hotbed
Bill James

Who gets hurt when the bad guys cross paths? For years drug baron Ralph Ember has run his...

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I Am Gold
Bill James

The 27th installment in the popular Harpur & Iles series. A woman and her stepson are...

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Vacuum
Bill James

After the dreadful business when his son and wife were shot, Mansel Shale has turned to God –...

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