Series: Harpur and Iles

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You'd Better Believe It (Vol. Book 1) (Harpur & Iles Mysteries) by Bill James1
The Lolita Man by Bill James2
Halo Parade by Bill James3
Protection by Bill James4
Come Clean by Bill James5
Take by Bill James6
Club by Bill James7
Astride a Grave by Bill James8
Gospel by Bill James9
Roses, Roses by Bill James10
In Good Hands by Bill James11
The Detective is Dead: A Harpur & Iles Mystery by Bill James12
Top Banana by Bill James13
Panicking Ralph by Bill James14
Lovely Mover: A Harpur & Iles Mystery by Bill James15
Eton Crop: A Harpur & Iles Mystery by Bill James16
Kill Me: A Harpur & Iles Mystery by Bill James17
Pay Days: A Harpur & Iles Mystery by Bill James18
Naked at the Window: A Harpur & Iles Mystery by Bill James19
The Girl With The Long Back by Bill James20
Easy Streets by Bill James21
Wolves Of Memory by Bill James22
Girls by Bill James23
Pix by Bill James24
In the Absence of Iles (Harpur & Iles Mysteries) by Bill James25
Hotbed: A Harpur & Iles Mystery (Vol. Book 26) (Harpur & Iles Mysteries) by Bill James26
I Am Gold (Vol. Book 27) (Harpur & Iles Mysteries) by Bill James27
Vacuum (Harpur and Iles Mystery) by Bill James28
Undercover (Harpur & Iles Mystery) by Bill James29
Play Dead (Harpur & Iles Mysteries) by Bill James30
Disclosures: A Harpur & Isles British police procedural (A Harpur & Iles Mystery) by Bill James31
Blaze Away: A Harpur & Isles British police procedural (A Harpur & Iles Mystery) by Bill James32
First Fix Your Alibi: British police procedural (A Harpur & Iles Mystery) by Bill James33
Close (A Harpur & Iles Mystery) by Bill James34
The Sixth Man and Other Stories by Bill James Short stories
Harpur and Iles Omnibus by Bill James Omnibus 1 - 3

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Series description

Colin Harpur is a Detective Chief Inspector and Desmond Iles is the Assistant Chief Constable in an unnamed coastal city in southwestern England. Harpur and Iles are complemented by an evolving cast of other recurring characters on both sides of the law. The books are characterized by a grim humor and a bleak view of the relationship between the public, the police force and the criminal element. The first few are designated "A Detective Colin Harpur Novel" but as the series progressed they began to be published with the designation "A Harpur & Iles Mystery".

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