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I Am Gold (Harpur and Iles) Hardcover – 2 Nov 2010
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One of the kings of the dark hill. (Val McDermid)
For many years [James] has been writing some of the most potent crime fiction in Britain. (Marcel Berlins, The Times)
Essential reading. (Observer)
Most other British police writers are foam rubber truncheons to James's iron riot baton. (Time Out)
Deliciously unsavoury. (Guardian)
Another dodgy gavotte by the master of the revels ... brilliant. (Literary Review)
Dazzles ... a modern morality play of epic scope. (Publishers Weekly)
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One slayer of syntax is the pretentious Mansal Shale, who considers himself something of an art connoisseur. He is proud of his seven-bedroom house (a former rectory), his children's high-priced education at an exclusive school, and his exemplary taste in clothing. Of course, he is bound to make enemies in his line of work, drug-dealing, so Manse has at his disposal several thugs to keep his competitors in line.
A tragic event involving Shale's family culminates in a hostage situation. Assistant Chief Constable Desmond Iles and Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur, along with a negotiator and a psychologist, hope to defuse the crisis peacefully. Harpur and Iles have had a thorny relationship for years; since Iles is hot-tempered, Harpur makes sure to bait him at every opportunity.
Except for Iles, almost no one says what he means. For example, two adversaries speak with exaggerated politeness; beneath their civil chit-chat lurks mistrust if not outright hatred. In spite of its cynicism, brutality, and jaded portrayal of a degenerate society, "I am Gold" has its touching aspects. Manse craves love and respect and genuinely cares for his children. The volatile Iles is shattered when an innocent life is lost on his watch. Although most of the men and women in this novel are obnoxious, James reminds us that even repugnant and foul-mouthed people may possess a touch of humanity. This is a wildly original and enormously entertaining police procedural that cleverly satirizes the insanity of contemporary life. "I am Gold" is also a hard-hitting indictment of our failure to deal with an intractable drug problem that continues to destroy countless lives every day.