'An outstanding series' NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
A Bill Slider Mystery
Detective Inspector Bill Slider is back at work with a thumping headache, courtesy of the last villain he apprehended. But he is minus Atherton, a friend and colleague, who's still recovering from his injuries.
Slider was hoping for a quiet week, but a murder at a night club plunges him into the underworld of entertainment to question table-dancers, prostitutes, pimps and cabinet ministers. And when it appears that this murder could be linked to another unsolved case, Slider is left with more questions than ever.
What with Atherton's slow recovery and his replacement's unhealthy interest in Slider, the DI has enough to fuel his headache for the foreseeable future. But the old grey matter won't be denied; doggedly and with a whimper, Slider starts to unravel the truth...
Praise for the Bill Slider series:
'Slider and his creator are real discoveries'
'Sharp, witty and well-plotted'
'Harrod-Eagles and her detective hero form a class act. The style is fast, funny and furious - the plotting crisply devious'
In his latest engrossing entry, the sixth in this highly literate series, London's Detective Inspector Bill Slider is approached by Jay Paloma, a gay erotic dancer who has received letters threatening his life. A few days later, Paloma's battered body is found in the apartment he shared with barmaid and prostitute Busty Parnell. With Slider's partner, Jim Atherton, still recovering from a knife wound (Blood Lines, 1996), Slider is teamed with young black female detective Tony Hart. Their investigation delves into the seedy underside of London's nightlife, focusing on the Pomona Club, where Paloma had worked, and its owner, Billy Yates, who also runs a prostitution ring. Slider and Hart's suspicion that Yates is involved in Paloma's murder is strengthened when they discover that Paloma had purchased narcotics in the Pomona Club for his lover, cabinet minister Nigel Grisham, and that one of Yates's bodyguards had broken into Paloma's apartment the night of his murder. In the end, however, the motive for murder turns out to be simple jealousy, an emotion Slider is all too familiar with, having observed the escalating anger of his estranged wife, Irene, when she finally discovers the existence of his longtime girlfriend, Joanna. Harrod-Eagles affectionately portrays a colorful London of warmhearted prostitutes and cabbies speaking in Cockney slang. The witty wordplay between Atherton and Joanna, Slider's complicated relationships with Joanna and Irene and the spice added by detective Hart combine to produce another solid addition to an outstanding series.