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Panicking Ralph (1997) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Ralph Ember, owner of the shady drinking club The Monty, longs to be respectable. The trouble is, his money comes from big-time drug dealing, where fortunes are made but reputations are dubious and the risks truly murderous. No wonder he's nicknamed "Panicking Ralph", because of the terrors that seize him at times of high danger, though when a dead body turns up, he's far off and all innocence.

Right now Ember is out to get his hands on the syndicate of the recently murdered Oliphant Kenward Knapp, who ruled what envious competitors called the best drug operation in Britain. Whom does he dare approach as a partner? The ambitious Keith Vine? Top banana Mansel Shale and his sidekick Alfie Ivis? In this city, alliances shift fast, but it's even riskier to set up as an independent. Was too much independence what caused the death of Ralph's girlfriend Christine Tranter, gunned down at the beach while she and Ralph tried to run for cover? Were the bullets meant for him?

Meanwhile Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Harpur, bypassing his jealous superior ACC Desmond Iles, is developing his own secret plan to trap the drug barons. As Harpur enters a dark and sometimes seductive world of greed, betrayal, and vengeance, there is no one who can pull him out if things go wrong.

Original title: Panicking Ralph


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryCrime/Caper
FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and DetectivesPolice Procedural

Edition #1: Panicking Ralph

Panicking Ralph (1997)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Delicious skulduggery retailed with James's customary relish....Savagely funny with a plot that lays about it like a samurai. Some villains die; others prosper. The game, praise be, goes on." Philip Oakes, Literary Review
  • "A brilliantly stylish series....James is exploring an underworld where rules exist without ever cohering into anything anyone would recognise as a morality....The descriptions of the criminals' meetings are reminiscent of the best scenes from The Godfather." Frances Fyfield
  • "Powerful and disturbing....A great addition to the series." A Shot in the Dark
  • "A terrific series...What sets this lively, fast paced, and well-characterized set of books apart are their deft, complex plotting and James' extraordinary ability to inhabit the dangerous and eccentric minds of his law-enforcing and law-breaking characters....Get these books; settle into peril and chaos." Bloomsbury Review
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Manifested in:

Panicking Ralph (September 2001)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393047628
Dimensions: 8.58 x 5.82 x 1.05
Pages: 282

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