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Title:
Disclosures
Author:
James, Bill, 1929- , author.
Edition:
First world edition.
Publication Information:
Sutton : Crème de la Crime, 2014.
Physical Description:
198 pages ; 23 cm.
Summary:
Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur and his boss, Assistant Chief Constable Desmond Iles, worry about the safety of one of the big-time crooks on their ground, Ralph Ember, sometimes known as Panicking Ralph. Yes, Ralph is a villain, but he's a local villain, and Harpur and Iles feel a kind of bizarre affection for him. And in any case, Ralph helps Iles keep the city reasonably peaceful. But now some awkward repercussions from Ralph's lawless past seem to bring danger. Ralph is aware of this new peril and has installed a bulletproof steel barrier to protect himself in the club he owns - but will this be enough to keep him safe? Harpur thinks not. Surely the upcoming party at the club will provide the perfect moment for a gunman to do for Ralph? The only way Harpur can be sure of protecting Ralph is to attend the party himself.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781780290652
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Panicking Ralph is a big-time villain - but he's a local villain - and when his life is threatened, policemen Harpur and Iles are straight on the case

Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur and his boss, Assistant Chief Constable Desmond Iles, worry about the safety of one of the big-time crooks on their ground, Ralph Ember, sometimes known as Panicking Ralph. Yes, Ralph is a villain, but he's a local villain, and Harpur and Iles feel a kind of bizarre affection for him. And in any case, Ralph helps Iles keep the city reasonably peaceful. But now some awkward repercussions from Ralph's lawless past seem to bring danger.

Ralph is aware of this new peril and has installed a bulletproof steel barrier to protect himself in the club he owns - but will this be enough to keep him safe? Harpur thinks not. Surely the upcoming party at the club will provide the perfect moment for a gunman to do for Ralph? The only way Harpur can be sure of protecting Ralph is to attend the party himself . . .


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Panicking Ralph Ember dreams of taking his club, The Monty, to the heights of sophistication, but that ambition is proving inconveniently hampered by his uncouth clientele and the rumors that he's been marked for death. In the early days of Ralph's career with the Pasque Uno gang, he was meant to be part of a gunfight over disputed territory. The battle commenced, resulting in deaths and arrests in both gangs, but Ralph never showed, earning him the hated Panicking Ralph moniker. As Ralph and Assistant Chief Constable Esther Davidson (who made her career busting the aforementioned gunfight) reveal the reason for Ralph's absence, Chief Superintendent Harpur and Assistant Chief Constable Iles catch wind of the revenge plot against Ralph and move to protect their favorite criminal. Panicking Ralph's stream-of-consciousness narrative is an entertaining vehicle, and Harpur and Iles series regulars will enjoy the backstory on Ralph's early criminal days. Certainly recommended for procedural fans favoring dark wit, but newcomers should start much earlier than this thirtieth installment to get the full effect.--Tran, Christine Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Ralph Ember, local crook and long-running series character, takes center stage in James's amusing 32nd mystery featuring Asst. Chief Constable Desmond Iles and Chief Supt. Colin Harpur (after 2013's Play Dead). Ember and cop Esther Davidson reminisce about Ember's entry into the drug trade in southeast London when he was a "yucker" (new boy) with the Pasque Uno firm, which was due to shoot it out with the Opal Render firm. The two gangs were met by a well-informed, well-armed police team led by Davidson, an encounter from which Ember got the nicknames that endlessly plague him-Panicking Ralph, or worse, Panicking Ralphy. Iles and Harpur play relatively minor parts until an unplanned and unexpected meeting of the principals takes place at Ralph's social club, the Monty. It is fitting that both Davidson and Ember obsess over the event that had such a profound effect on their lives, and James has great fun playing variations on the way they remember it. Agent: Euan Thorneycroft, A.M. Heath (U.K.). (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

ACC Desmond Iles and DCS Colin Harpur return in their 32nd outing (after Play Dead) when Harpur receives notice that local crook Ralph Ember is in danger and the chase is on. Ember may be a bad guy, but he is their bad guy; nobody else gets to threaten him. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.