Top Banana

Harpur & Iles Mysteries


Bill James (Author)

Overview | Inside the Book

Top Banana is coffee for the soul. If you like your reading black without sugar, here’s a book with enough kick to keep you awake on a long winter night.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

When thirteen-year-old drug runner Mandy Walsh is killed in a shootout between rival drug gangs, the police at first think she was accidentally caught in the crossfire. But soon they learn that someone shot her intentionally, and as Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur looks deeper the case only gets more dangerous. For Chief Constable Mark Lane, a man almost paralyzed by the collapse of civilization he sees in the relentless drug wars, the only solution to the evil is for someone to infiltrate the gangs. His sardonic assistant chief, Desmond Iles, has another solution: let the gangland police itself, in return for a few favors. Meanwhile, Mansel Shale, drug kingpin, would-be top banana, is looking for--and may have found--a working arrangement with someone on the police force. A relentless chain of events, starting with Mandy's death, comes to an exciting and unexpected conclusion.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • February 1999
  • ISBN 978-0-393-31969-9
  • 4.6 × 7.2 in / 288 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide excluding Canada and the British Commonwealth.

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