A Harpur and Iles Mystery, No 26
May 2011/ ISBN 9780881509502
by Barbara Buhrer
The two rival
criminal enterprises have operated side by side for a number of
years. The drug lords, Ralph Ember and Mansel Shale have eliminated
any upstarts who had the effrontery to try to invade their territory.
They reign supreme in peaceful coexistence. Or so it seems.
Constable Desmond Iles has tolerated them because he felt that the
alternative would be worse. Detective Chief Superintendent Colin
Harpur has been hearing rumors that the two drug lords are restless
and are wishing for complete control. Each wants to create a monoply.
The two detectives
are drawn into the conflict and must act to find peace or violence
will spill into the streets.
This is a riveting
thriller mystery. It is always a rewarding experience to observe
the interaction between Harpur and Iles. They are complex characters:
friendly rivals and adversaries who nevertheless work together to
achieve their goals. The supporting characters are well developed
and display human conflicts and feelings. James writes with brevity,
humor and elegance.