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  • Hardcover: 553 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st Edition edition (23 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312642822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312642822
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 4.8 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (438 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,230,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter James was educated at Charterhouse and then at film school. He lived in North America for a number of years, working as a screen writer and film producer, before returning to England. His multiple award-winning, Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling novels have been translated into thirty-three languages. His writings reflect his deep interest in medicine, science and the world of the police. He has produced numerous films, including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. He also co-created the hit Channel 4 series Bedsitcom, which was nominated for a Rose d'Or. Peter James won the Krimi-Blitz 2005 Crime Writer of the Year Award in Germany, and Dead Simple won both the 2006 Prix Polar International award and the 2007 Prix Cœur Noir award in France. Looking Good Dead was shortlisted for the 2007 Richard and Judy Crime Thriller of the Year award, and has been shortlisted for both France's SNCF award and Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policère. He divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill in London and Sussex.

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Peter James is taking over the world -- or at least the crime fiction part of it. Dead Like You, the latest instalment in his increasingly popular series featuring Brighton detective Roy Grace, has sold even more spectacularly than its predecessors, keeping crime heavyweights James Patterson and John Grisham from the number one slot in the UK bestseller lists. And after lengthy delays, the long-awaited television series is to be made -- a series that will no doubt make Grace's stamping ground of Brighton as familiar as Inspector Morse's Oxford. So what is the secret of the James/Grace success? It's simple: over many years and many books, James has refined his storytelling skills to the nth degree and has the full measure of the classic police procedural narrative. In the new book, Brighton's Metropole Hotel is the scene of an unpleasant incident: a woman is savagely raped when she enters a room. Some days later, another woman is similarly assaulted -- both have their shoes stolen by the offender. Assigned to the case, Detective Superintendent Grace becomes aware that these two incidents have disturbing echoes of a sequence of crimes that shook Brighton in 1997. The rapist (who had been described as ‘Shoe Man’) claimed five victims, the last of which he had murdered before disappearing. Grace is faced with two unpleasant possibilities; that the original Shoe Man who cheated justice 10 years ago has returned to wreak havoc again, or -- equally disturbingly -- there is a copycat at work.

The growing army of admirers for James’ Grace books will be well aware of the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the detective’s wife, Sandy -- a disappearance that James has allowed to remain enigmatic. The narrative of Dead Like You plays on that intriguing plot strand, as Grace is obliged to travel back mentally to a time when he was happily married in order to discover how he can defeat a monster in the present. This is one of Peter James’s longest books, weighing in at nearly 600 pages, but aficionados will find that it is not a page too long. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.


"One of the most fiendishly clever crime fiction plotters." The Daily Mail" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Jun. 2010
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I first picked up a Peter James book a while back entitled `Dead Simple'. It was (luckily for me) the first in the Roy Grace Series and was based around a harmless stag night prank that went wrong. From that book I was hooked and each of the 4 books that followed was fantastic. Thankfully this latest instalment is no different. This latest Roy Grace offering is pretty hefty with a massive 500 pages. This didn't put me off, in actual fact quite the opposite.

This story all starts following the brutal rape of a woman on New Years Eve. Only a week later another woman is attacked. What concerns Roy is that both of the women that were attacked had their shoes taken. It begins to ring alarm bells with him as these current attacks seem to mirror those that haunted Brighton back in 1997. The attacker back in 1997 had been named `The Shoe man' and was believed to have raped 5 women before moving on to kill another 2. The attacker was never caught and Roy finds himself wondering whether the killer is back or whether they have a copycat on their hands.

Roy Grace has come back in this book a little more relaxed than before. He is living with his girlfriend Cleo who is due to give birth to their first baby any day. Cleo and Roy's relationship has taken time to grow on me but as you see more and more of Cleo's supportive side you get to like her that little bit more. In addition to Roy we see the return of Glen Branson who works with Roy. He recently split from his wife and is going through a hard time. I must admit we didn't see as much of Glen this time as in previous books and I missed his presence at times.

The story itself is written over two time periods. The further in to the investigation Roy goes, the more of the past you get to see.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Thornton VINE VOICE on 1 Jun. 2010
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I have been reading this series from the start and did not think that the author could better the last book but this is definitely my favourite so far.

Roy Grace is back in Brighton, this time investigating a rape case that seems to be linked to a series of unsolved cases from the past. There are some quite graphic descriptions which may be offputting to some but the author handles the issues with sensitivity and tact throughout.

There are several potential suspects and lots of twists, turns and red herrings as the plot goes on. The plot is gripping and I couldn't put it down. As with previous books the author has clearly done a huge amount of research and brings Brighton well and truly to life, with real locations and landmarks playing a prominent role.

There are also some interesting scenes from the past featuring Roy's life with his long missing wife Sandy. Previously we have only seen Sandy through Roy's memories so it was interesting to have a more objective view of her character and her relationship with Roy. This was well contrasted against Roy's current relationship with Cleo and put a new dimension on things.

This series goes from strength to strength and I can't wait to read the next one. If you are new to Peter James I would recommend starting with Dead Simple, the first book in the Roy Grace series, and reading them in order.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By The real deal on 27 May 2010
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The 6th Roy Grace novel does not disappoint. Avid followers will love the new book. The subject of rape is a very serious topic and the author has dealt with the story lines in a sympathetic manner whilst maintaining the pace of the story as the plot unfolds. The regular characters develop and it is fascinating to read about Grace when he was a Detective Sergeant some ten years earlier. A good mix of past and present which again is centered on the vibrant city life of Brighton and Hove.
Keep them coming Mr. James.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Conor Tannam on 24 Feb. 2011
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In the latest Peter James novel Dead Like You Brighton is confronted with a rapist who may have disappeared over twelve years ago. A series of horrific rapes have taken place which bear a significantly similar modus operandi to attacks that occurred in late 1997. Is it the same attacker resurfacing or is it a copycat who has been inspired by the man the press dubbed `The Shoe Man'? A hugely entertaining and fast paced thriller ensues in which the reader is introduced to suspect and victim alike.
This is a genuinely creepy crime story where detailed descriptions of sexual assault are presented to the audience in an uncompromising fashion. The author's strength lies in his ability to make the sudden violence that rape entails seem plausible. An attack by the pier seems all too easy for the assailant when it occurs at a packed seaside attraction. Likewise the villain uses social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter in order to gather information about his victims. Peter James brings the open nature of these websites and the information we choose to share into sharp focus.
In his sixth outing Detective Roy Grace remains haunted by the disappearance of his wife despite being in a happy relationship. The nature of these horrific crimes against women ensures that there is little motivation needed to chase the attacker. Intense media pressure and a new boss mean that Grace must put aside his life at home in order to focus on what is fast becoming a widespread panic.
Jumping as it does between the initial attacks and the present day, the novel moves at a rapid pace, while the dialogue and occasional moments of humour help to alleviate the considerable tension throughout.
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