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Bill James


(James Tucker)
Wales (1929 - 2023)

aka David Craig, Judith Jones, James Tucker

Bill James was a former journalist who worked for the Western Mail and South Wales Echo, The Daily Mirror and the Sunday Times. He was the author of the Harpur and Iles crime series, which were published all over the world. Protection, the fourth in the series, was televised by BBC 1 as Harpur and Iles, starring Hywel Bennett. 

James lived in his native South Wales and divides his time between his home near Cardiff and a caravan on the Pembrokeshire coast. He also wrote under the name David Craig, a series set around Cardiff docks, where he grew up. The Warner Brothers film, The Squeeze, with Stacy Keach, Edward Fox and Carol White was adapted from the David Craig novel, Whose Little Girl Are You?  James was a part-time tutor in creative writing at the University of Wales, Cardiff.
 

Genres: Mystery, Thriller
 
Series
Roy Rickman (as by David Craig)
   1. The Alias Man (1968)
   2. The Message Ends (1969)
   3. Contact Lost (1970)
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Bellecroix and Roath (as by David Craig)
   1. Young Men May Die (1970)
   2. A Walk at Night (1971)
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Harpur & Iles
   1. You'd Better Believe It (1985)
   2. The Lolita Man (1986)
   3. Halo Parade (1987)
   4. Protection (1988)
   5. Come Clean (1989)
   6. Take (1990)
   7. Club (1991)
   8. Astride a Grave (1991)
   9. Gospel (1992)
   10. Roses, Roses (1993)
   11. In Good Hands (1994)
   12. The Detective is Dead (1995)
   13. Top Banana (1996)
   14. Panicking Ralph (1997)
   15. Lovely Mover (1998)
   16. Eton Crop (1999)
   17. Kill Me (2000)
   18. Pay Days (2001)
   19. Naked at the Window (2002)
   20. The Girl with the Long Back (2003)
   21. Easy Streets (2004)
   22. Wolves of Memory (2005)
   The Sixth Man and Other Stories (2006)
   23. Girls (2006)
   24. Pix (2007)
   25. In the Absense of Iles (2008)
   26. Hotbed (2009)
   27. I Am Gold (2010)
   28. Vacuum (2011)
   29. Undercover (2012)
   30. Play Dead (2013)
   31. Disclosures (2014)
   32. Blaze Away (2015)
   33. First Fix Your Alibi (2015)
   34. Close (2017)
   35. Hitmen I Have Known (2019)
   36. Low Pastures (2022)
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Brade and Jenkins (as by David Craig)
   1. Forget it (1995)
   2. The Tattooed Detective (1998)
   3. Torch (1999)
   4. Bay City (2000)
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Kerry Lake (as by Judith Jones)
   1. Baby Talk (1998)
   2. After Melissa (1999)
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Simon Abelard
   1. Split (2001)
   2. A Man's Enemies (2003)
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DC Sally Bithron (as by David Craig)
   1. Hear Me Talking to You (2004)
   2. Tip Top (2005)
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Novels
   Up from the Grave (1971) (as by David Craig)
   Double Take (1972) (as by David Craig)
   Knifeman (1973) (as by David Craig)
     aka Bolthole
   Whose Little Girl are You? (1974) (as by David Craig)
     aka The Squeeze
   A Dead Liberty (1974) (as by David Craig)
   The Albion Case (1975) (as by David Craig)
   Faith, Hope and Death (1976) (as by David Craig)
   Middleman (2002)
   Between Lives (2003)
   Double Jeopardy (2005)
   Making Stuff Up (2006)
   Letters from Carthage (2006)
   Off-street Parking (2008)
   Full of Money (2009)
   World War Two Will Not Take Place (2011)
   Noose (2013)
   Snatched (2014)
   The Principals (2016)
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Non fiction show
 
Books containing stories by Bill James
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The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries (2008)
(The Mammoth Book of ...)
edited by
Maxim Jakubowski
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Men from Boys (2003)
edited by
John Harvey
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Crime in the City (2002)
(Crime Writer's Association Anthology)
edited by
Martin Edwards

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Award nominations
2006 CWA Gold Dagger (shortlist) : Wolves of Memory


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