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Peter James
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7 Oct 2011 Ds Roy Grace 4
FROM THE ASHES OF MASS DESTRUCTION . . . Amid the tragic unfolding mayhem of the morning of 9/11, failed Brighton businessman and ne’er-do-well Ronnie Wilson sees the chance of a lifeline: to shed his debts, disappear and reinvent himself in another country. Six years later the discovery of the skeletal remains of a woman’s body in a storm drain in Brighton leads Detective Superintendent Roy Grace on an enquiry spanning the globe, and into a desperate race against time to save the life of a woman being hunted down like an animal in the streets and alleys of Brighton. ‘A real page-turner and the cliffhanging conclusion left me eagerly awaiting DS Grace’s next outing’ Daily Express ‘Tense, beautifully paced and excellent on police atmosphere and procedure’ The Times

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (7 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330545981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330545983
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,826 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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`Summer wouldn't be summer without an unmissable new Peter James novel' --Daily Mail

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling thriller 23 Jun 2008
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys crime thrillers. It is easy to read with chapters nicely broken up in to decent sizes. The dialogue is pacy and realistic - as is the intricate plot. It appears well researched and is a super,exciting read and easy to visulize. The ending will leave all fans of the Roy Grace series desperate for more.
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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Strength to Strength 21 Jun 2008
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"Dead Simple", "Looking Good Dead", "Not Dead Enough" and now "Dead Man's Footsteps" this series from Peter James goes from strength to strength. This latest is well plotted and will keep the reader guessing to the end. It also begins with 9/11 and the graphic descriptions James gives of that terrible day will make the reader think the author was actually there.

Each of the books in the Roy Grace series is totally different and stands on its own as a seperate story. However, there is the sub-plot of Grace's life running through each tale so to appreciate the books to their full potential I would advise new readers to start with "Dead Simple". There is a mystery in Detective Inspector Roy Grace's life which is proving to be as fascinating as the murders he investigates. To miss out on this sub-plot would be to deny yourself the full enjoyment of the series.

I've followed Peter James' writing for a long time and I always thought him a good author, especially his paranormal novels. With the Roy Grace series he has hit upon a genre with which he is obviously comfortable and enthusiastic about. I look forward to many more gruesome murders and the gradual unravelling of Roy Grace's enigmatic private life.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Roy Grace corker! 29 Jun 2008
This is another fantastic novel from renowned author, Peter James. I've followed Peter's career since Possession, which means I've been reading his books for approximately <gulp!> 20 years. And he just gets better and better...

While I loved the supernatural and medical/scientific thrillers he's really found his niche in the crime fiction market. Unlike some writers I've read, Peter knows his books' locales - especially Brighton and Hove - inside out. He writes with conviction and knowledge about every twisting lane, every seedy or upper-class street, the beachfront, the people who live there. It lends his work that all-important sense of the reality. Until recently (when I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the publishers' launch on Brighton pavilion) I'd never visited Brighton. But it didn't matter because one of the many things Mr James excels at is evoking his surroundings, seedy or otherwise.

Not that he restricts himself to Brighton, you understand. DMF contains several well managed multiple storylines, one of which takes place on 9/11 (and the days directly thereafter). Timeline jumps are notoriously difficult to pull off, but James does so with consummate ease, such that I didn't mind the jumping from a tense moment involving a imminent torture to the aftermath of 9/11 and the protagonist of that plotline; or to Australia, where a different strand of the investigation is vigorously pursued. I loved the trip to Munich to search for his missing partner in Not Dead Enough, but James has taken it several steps further this time by including multiple locations and timelines ... and successfully retaining our interest.

The short, punchy chapters certainly help move things along.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars class ! 1 July 2008
By j j
no surprise that this book has only 5 star reviews so far its a typical roy grace book humour and suspense all the way. its just what you expect from james and thats not a bad thing. well worth a read for anyone. when i read the last word of the book i said out loud no way !!! can't wait for the next one though!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First I've read and couldn't put it down 30 Dec 2008
Just finished reading this book and completed it in 48 hours. Simply couldn't put it down. First Peter James novel I have read and given I am coming into the series part way through I had no problem picking up the ongoing character histories. Have read all Robert Goddard's books who was until recently my favourite author but who has of late lost the plot (pardon the pun). Have never been into crime fiction but this book has changed my mind. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a solid storyline and sub-plots with a few twists, especially at the end. Now going back to the start of the Grace series and looking forward to reading all his books. Great to find a new author you like.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead brilliant !!! 8 Dec 2008
By Ann Fairweather TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I discovered Peter James with the first of his Detective Grace serie, 'Dead Simple'and thought it was an absolute success. It got me hooked from the start and after that one I read all the others and was not once disappointed. His setting is always a familiar Brighton and around, where the most striking and hair rising stories happen...In this latest, the center stage is mostly Brighton again but also a ravaged 9/11 New York and some remote australian town. True to his style, the suspense is relentless, all the characters utterly genuine and credible, and his detective Grace is an endearing man we can totally sympathise with.
Now, if the closing line of the book is not pure genius to make you salivate for the next, I don't know what is !
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Published 1 day ago by Caroline Large
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing !
Amazing first rate page turner had me completely hooked until the last chapter and then straight onto the next one!
Published 1 day ago by G A Gascoyne
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another riveting story
I have never yet been disappointed in a book written by Peter James. This one is no exception. Gripping right to the end.
Published 2 days ago by angela tones
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow and plodding.
It's an OK story and well written. However I thought it was filled with too much minor trivia regarding the character building of characters and places, which frustrated me as a... Read more
Published 2 days ago by BarcoMolo
5.0 out of 5 stars Overall a great read and am already reading Dead Tomorrow the next ...
I have only recently started reading Peter James novels and have to admit Im hooked on them, no sooner do I finish one than I order the next one. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Chappo
5.0 out of 5 stars good
Continuing the series, good read
Published 4 days ago by Big B
3.0 out of 5 stars Grace - not his best
I quite enjoyed this book but it wasn't a particularly strong plot and not the best in the series so far. Despite that I still enjoyed it and love the Roy grace series.
Published 4 days ago by A. J. Emms
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I am new to this author and have read the first 4 Roy Grace books in the last two weeks. I cant put them down once I start them. Read more
Published 5 days ago by K A MYTTON
5.0 out of 5 stars can't get enough of these books
I am loving this series of novel, The character Grace is fantastic and the plots are gripping. Love the pace and now downloading the next one.
Published 5 days ago by The Running Teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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