Peaceful competition seems like a lie, especially in the drug business. “Hotbed” is an entry into the Harpur & Iles mystery series from Bill James, as he tells the story of a city split between two drug lords, tolerated because the alternative is worse. But co-existence is something that won’t stay existing, as war is brewing, and the tolerance of their businesses seems to be coming to a head. As Iles and Harper, two police detectives, find themselves drawn into the conflict, they must act quick to find peace for the town unless violence spills onto their streets. “Hotbed” is a riveting thriller and mystery, a fun and very highly recommended read.