Nominated for England's Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award in 1986, You'd Better Believe It introduced Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur to reader in England and the United States. Harpur's domain is a small seaport city south of London. It's not unusual for the big-town criminals to consider such a spot as easy prey. At such times a policeman must relyNominated for England's Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award in 1986, You'd Better Believe It introduced Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur to reader in England and the United States. Harpur's domain is a small seaport city south of London. It's not unusual for the big-town criminals to consider such a spot as easy prey. At such times a policeman must rely keenly upon his colleagues, to be sure, and also upon his retinue of narks (tipsters). This time it's a Lloyd's Bank branch that's the target. When the heist is postponed, a policeman is killed. One nark, then another, is murdered. As Harpur becomes driven to his limit, he must bypass regulations and settle things once and for all with a vicious crook named Holly. But not necessarily on his own terms....
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You'd Better Believe It Reviews
Even though you'll want to see the protagonist get out of the scrapes he gets into, and to have him succeed in his police work, you'll realize that he is a real shit! Kudos to the author for coming at you from an unusual angle.
As Punch often said in the Punch and Judy skits: "Now THAT'S the way to do it!"Writing police procedurals, that is.I first read Bill James' "Roses, Roses" --which is actually the tenth book in the Harpur and Iles series --and it instantly made my "ten best" list of mystery novels.I couldn't wait to go back and read the series from the beginning, but finding a copy of "You'd Better Believe It" in the US proved difficult. Ten years later, I finally got a copy and devoured it.Knowing how great the later "Roses, Roses" is, I couldn't help but notice that this first effort is weaker, but there are strokes of genius: character development (of the show, don't tell variety), complicated ethical and moral dilemmas on the part of the police, and a blurring between good guys and bad guys.This is an almost-perfect example of how a book can be gritty and street-smart, yet still be intelligent. I only say "almost-perfect," because I know James' style is only going to get better. I can't wait for the ride.
A client recommended this to me. It's a taunt and terse, very British thriller about a cop's relationship with his confidential informants (or "narks," as they're called in the book -- very confusing for an American reader!). Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur has been told by one of his shadiest informants that a big bank robbery is about to go down. But he has to be cautious with his firepower, as he's only recently been the target of an investigation into a shooting that created a lot of unwanted attention from the press. An overeager young cop takes the investigation into his own hands and ends up murdered, causing Harpur to balance his need to find the killer with his need to protect his informants, please his superiors and retain his reputation. Well written but too spare for me -- I like more meat on the bones.
The first in a series I've always heard good things about. Sometimes I wish I wasn't such a purist and was more willing to start a series on the third or fourth book after it has hit its stride.That said, this is a solid read that is as much a police procedural as it is a hard-boiled story. A rough and tough cop story that wastes no time. Quick, with some interesting character traits and moral gray areas that I am sure will continue to grow as the series progresses.All the necessary potential to send me to the bookstore to get the next couple of books in the series.
This Bill James is a pseudonym for James Tucker, a Welsh novelist, born in 1929. He is not associated with baseball.The story is fast-paced and ends nicely, though not as expected. The dialog is full of British euphemisms so be ready. If you are a fan of British detective stories or shows, this is a good read.
I always like to try new mystery series that are recommended in the NYT book review column by Marilyn Stasio. This is a Welsh detective - pretty good, not great. Not sure if I would read the whole series.
Gritty police/criminal interaction in England.
A good read, well drawn characters, great action sequences, and a terrific plot.
Ralph wants to read, only avl. here.